Interiors advice - re-dress your windows to welcome longer days of warmth and light

PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 February 2014

Time to dress windows for brighter days

Time to dress windows for brighter days


Now is a great time to re-dress your windows to welcome longer days of warmth and light into your home, says Justine Kirkham

Window treatments can take many different forms: valances, curtains, blinds, panels, Roman shades and shutters, to name just a few. This year, drapes are back. In the 1980s, opulent drapes loaded with fringe and tassels and topped with elaborate valances were prevalent in every modern British home. As the 1990s progressed, this extravagance was replaced by minimalist schemes and the desire for sleek shutters, simple venetian blinds and Roman blinds in neutral cotton fabrics.

Today, windows are taking centre stage again. It’s time to dress your windows with something extravagant, colourful and eye-catching. Floor-length drapes are returning in rich jewel tones, which range from deep reds to subtle blues, creating a sophisticated ambience in any space. Amethyst and turquoise are particularly on trend this year, mixed with shades of grey and soft metallics such as platinum and brushed nickel. I love using the new Colefax & Fowler collections to create this look.

Metallic surfaces are certainly back in vogue. Silver, bronze and gold toned fabrics layered with complementary sheers are making a grand appearance on windows in living rooms and bedrooms. The simple layering of these metallics draped from a classic metal rod blend beautifully with the latest colour trends.

There’s also a move towards bigger floral motifs and digital prints on blinds and drapes, creating an invigorating mood for summer. Designers have also turned their attention to stylish hardware this year. Rods, finials and tie-backs in wood, metal, glass or ceramic are treated almost like jewellery to complete the look. Many fabric houses are also making fabulous sheers in a wide spectrum of colours and using great linen blends with more contemporary patterns. n

Justine Kirkham is head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate

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