Tips For Choosing Window Treatments

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There is a lot happening at Gallerie B central at the moment (hence the lack of blogpost action!). I am working on some great projects and can hopefully share some beautiful ‘after’ images with you soon. In the meantime, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips for a decorating area that is not always straightforward…… choosing window treatments. Selecting what style of curtain to go on a window is not always a simple decision. Consideration needs to be taken into several different factors such as the direction the window faces, how the room is used, the decorating style of the space and the type of fabric being used. I used BQ Design to manufacture all my curtains. Earlier this year they used our home as the backdrop for their catalogue photoshoot. Here are some images from this photoshoot along with my Tips For Choosing Window Treatments.

Sitting Room:

This is our front sitting room that I wanted to have an elegant and luxurious feel. I used fully lined curtains in a soft linen fabric hung from a timber silver gilt rod. In winter, this has been a cosy space for us in the evenings with the curtains closed and gas fire going. The large window is at the front of the house and faces west so to increase privacy and help with the strong afternoon sun, I added a sheer roman underneath.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

BQ Design also swapped my curtain for their own Home Range one for their catalogue photo. I really like the different mood that the deep blue brings to the room.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

Living Room:

While we wait for our trees to grow a bit taller along the back fence, we needed some privacy from our neighbours, particularly in the evenings when our lights are on. I chose a curtain in a soft white linen fabric to work in with the casual Hamptons feel of the space. They have a one pass lining which allows light to come in but still achieves privacy. A whitewash timber rod was selected.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

BQ Design swapped in one of their Home Range sheers for the catalogue photo. I also love this light and airy look that a sheer curtain can achieve.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

Master Bedroom:

For my bedroom there were two criteria; full blockout and creating a luxe ‘hotel’ feel. I used the same white linen fabric (which has a gorgeous herringbone pattern through it) on a timber silver gilt rod with a full blockout lining. I had a bit of fun with an accent trim on the Roman blind for the door out to the verandah.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

Here is a close up of the trim detail.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Girls’ Bedrooms:

Roman blinds are a great way to add personality to a room. They are the perfect option for a patterned fabric which can be a feature when the blind is fully closed. The fabric for the girls’ blinds was chosen first and the rest of the room decor was built around it. Full blockout lining was used.

Miss 12’s bedroom….

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Miss 9’s bedroom….

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Study:

My study faces west and receives the full afternoon sun. Although I love this about the room, it is not always ideal, particularly when it hits the computer screen. I wanted to block out the sun but still have full light so I selected a Roman blind with a sheer lining. These blinds also have no batons behind them so hang very softly and are less formal than the usual Roman blind style. I have always loved this fabric and having them as Romans allows the pattern to be a feature of this room.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

Kitchen:

One of my favourite things is to add a soft furnishing such as a blind in a kitchen as a way to soften all the hard surfaces. I’m always a sucker for a geometric and loved the opportunity to use this fabric for the Romans in the kitchen and adjacent window. These windows get the north sun so I added a full lining to help block out some UV rays in the warmer months.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Image via Lisa Cohen

Bathrooms:

Plantation shutters are a great option in bathrooms. The blades can be manoeuvred (if privacy is needed from overlooking neighbours) while still allowing in natural light. They have a clean line which suits a bathroom space. I have used a timber style from Hometec in the girls’ bathroom and my ensuite, which has been pre-sealed to protect against moisture. They are easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

Sharing some of my tips for choosing window treatments.

In summary, before selecting a window treatment, make sure you consider some of the factors I have mentioned. Such as direction the window faces, how you use the room, the decorating style of the room and the fabric you want as well as its composition. I have only shared options that have been suitable for my home but there are many more including roller blinds. It can be overwhelming and of course I am biased (!) but an interior designer can help you choose the optimal product and fabric to achieve the best outcome.

If anyone has a window that they need new curtains/blinds for but are unsure of what to use, feel free to email me a photo and I would be happy to make a suggestion (belinda@gallerieb.com).

Belinda XO

 

11 Responses to "Tips For Choosing Window Treatments"
  1. Hi Belinda, What a lovely informative post about curtains & blinds! I will save it for later, as we are building a Hamptons/elegant farmhouse style home in the Southern highlands NSW and as we are only up to framing stage, I am not quite ready to work them out yet. (insta acct: hamptonsinthehighlands)
    We are having our kitchen built this week, and I am trying to decide on a grey paint colour for our island bench – similar to yours, but we will have all white cupboards across the back wall, with black granite benchtops (we have a black Falcon double-oven cooker) & soft grey subway tiles and then the grey island with Smartstone Carrara top. Would you mind sharing the name of the grey paint you used for your island?
    Thnx in advance, Wendy

      • Thanks Belinda, I know the Milton moon grey throws a blue, which would suit your home beautifully, as you have lots of blue furnishings. We are trying to keep the neutral greys, so I think I am favouring Dulux Timeless grey at the moment. We are also thinking of this colour for the outside paint on the lineaboard, and the Dulux colour consultant (online) said it’s one of their most neutral greys. Fingers crossed it looks fine (I do have a large A4 sample of it) as it will be painted at the cabinet-maker’s up in Nth Richmond & we are 2 hrs away in Bowral! I did want a deeper grey, not a soft grey, so should be about the right depth of colour.
        Kind regards, Wendy

        • Hi Wendy, yes the Milton Moon does have blue tones which work in with the veining in the marble benchtop (and my soft furnishings :)). I have used Timeless Grey for the baseboards of our house exterior and the laundry and barn door. If you look on my IG account you can see some images, otherwise feel free to email me and I can send you some photos. x

  2. Just yesterday my husband and I were discussing our curtains and blinds, so this post is great timing once again Belinda. I love the lux feel that you have created by using velvet upholstery in your sitting room. Thanks so much for sharing your thought process for selecting window treatments, I love how you have been able to bring your girls’ personalities in to their bedrooms through their romans. Do you think it is important for all the window treatments which are street facing (so at the front of the house) to be similar?
    Thanks Belinda, have a lovely week
    Jo

    • Thanks Jo for your lovely words. In response to your question, are all the windows at the front the same style? I am assuming they are so I would probably then say yes, I think they should align if the window furnishings are visible from the street. In saying that, mine aren’t exactly the same but they are all Romans. One window has the sheer and on the other side of the house are the lighter backed ones in our study. All the best, hope this helps! x

      • Hi Belinda,
        Thanks for your reply. Our house is double story, however the shape is similar to Amity Dry’s. We have an Edwardian bay and casement windows facing the front of the verandah and a french door facing the side of the verandah. I am struggling to decide between drapes or plantation shutters hence the question about the window furnishings needing to match. Thanks for your help Belinda – great advice!
        Jo

  3. Windows are important things to be considered for good interior design. These tips are very helpful for choosing the right window treatments. Thanks for sharing informative article.

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