Interiors advice - Change window dressings to welcome brighter days and shorter nights
PUBLISHED: 12:27 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 April 2013
Change window dressings to welcome brighter days and shorter nights, says Justine Kirkham, head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate
Change window dressings to welcome brighter days and shorter nights, says Justine Kirkham, head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate.
Its been a long, grey winter. Now is the time to come out of hibernation and let light back into your home. Start by clearing your windows and opening them up to the sunlight. Heavy curtains and ornate pelmets are perfect to keep out the draughts through the dark days of winter but once the longer days arrive hang sheer or voile drapes, or introduce valances or blinds to allow maximum light into a room.
This summer, vibrant candy colours, big floral motifs and asymmetrical fabric patterns lead the way, offering endless options to dress windows with something colourful and eye-catching. Try the Jamaica in Turquoise by Manuel Canovas or a fabric from the Villa Nova Japanese-style Kabuki range to create an invigorating mood for summer.
Mix pale wall colours with glossy surfaces to boost the natural radiance of a room. If youre thinking about redecorating, darker colours will absorb light while brighter walls tend to reflect it. Sunny yellow may seem like an obvious choice for brightening a room, but finding the right shade can be tricky. Turn instead to a warmer palette of off-whites, creams, neutrals and subtle pastels to really open up the space. Once finished, add one or two oversized, ornate mirrors to throw light into any darker corners.
For those finishing touches, highlight rooms with bold and vibrant accessories or fresh botanical patterns on printed canvases, retro-style cushions, graphic rugs or brightly coloured throws.
Natural light doesnt simply prepare us for summer and help brighten our mood, if combined with a reflective, modern scheme, it can also revitalise an interior design.