Apart from the choice of colour and fabric, the most important factors in any decision about new curtains or blinds are the shape, size and position of your window. Here are a few pointers to guide you in the right direction….
What shape is your window?
If you’re lucky enough to have a window with an interesting shape – round or arched for example – or one that has an inherent beauty of its own, you won’t want to swamp it in fabric. A simple treatment such as a pair of curtains with a wave or eyelet heading may be the best solution or a blind hung high so that it doesn’t obscure any part of the window when drawn.
Bay or bow windows can be a challenge to dress. Blinds are often a good option but with a bay window, it is difficult to get full blackout with blinds because of the awkward angles - so bear this in mind if choosing for a bedroom. Curtains on either a track or poles are a very popular option for bay windows, such as Luke’s curtains to the left!
As a general rule of thumb, where the windows in the bay are close together, it’s usually best to have a single pair of curtains – one at each side of the bay. This prevents the window looking too ‘fussy’ and light into the room being reduced. Where there is more space between the windows, intermediate curtains can be used so that each window effectively has its own pair of curtains. This can make a real statement and create a sense of grandeur in a room.