Often thought of as finishing touches, window treatments have a big impact on the look and feel of a room, as well as how it functions. When it comes to buying, you are spoilt for choice – from designer drapes to plantation shutters, and Roman blinds to frosted window film. When dressing the windows in a bedroom, make privacy, lighting and temperature control your key considerations, as they will affect the atmosphere in the space. Fabrics, in the form of curtains or Roman blinds, are firm favourites for creating a cosy, traditional feel in a period home.
There are infinite designs to choose from, but when selecting, it is important to consider the amount of natural light in the room receives.… view more.
Citrus shades are a key trend for 2016; zesty tangerine, lime and blood orange accent fabrics will freshen up rooms and quench colour cravings. I am a big fan and clearly ahead of the game – my old house had a bright orange feature wall up the stairs! I am really into light, bright rooms with colour pops and citrus lends itself well to this look…
I read a great style tip from Lorna McAleer from Style Studio: “Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colours and patterns in citrus shades to brighten a neutral living space, as long as they are the same tones you can’t go far wrong.”… view more.
Trend: Words and typography
Lorna McAleer brand manager of fabric and blind supplier Style Studio;
“Bring words as well as patterns into the home – on walls, on blinds and with typographical wall art.
Typography could be a single oversized letter, or a serious of themed words printed direct to blinds, curtains and other home accessories.
Including photography and phrases, creating greater personalisation.”
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One hot new trend for 2016 is mixing industrial elements with soft, natural materials. The theory behind it is that these contrasting textures and surfaces work in harmony together as they enhance the essential character of each other.
The secret to achieving style success with this trend is about combining rough and smooth, man-made and natural. Key materials are concrete, marble, timber, leather and metallic elements. So embrace spaces with exposed walls, stone floors, and steel window frames. However, to some, a full-on industrial space really is too much, but you can still bring hints of the industrial ‘factory floor’ style by using old wooden pallets and storage boxes as furniture.… view more.
Roller blinds are a good option when you want to minimise the amount of light lost, want a very clean finish, or want to cut out the light or protect furniture. Blackout roller blinds can be used behind existing curtains if you need the room to be darker. Decorative fabrics, such as velvet, or details, such as crewelwork or embroidery, can’t withstand the laminating process, so you can add extra decoration elsewhere.
Roman blinds are suited to the majority of fabrics and can fit inside or outside the window recess. When they’re down, they should sit flat with no discernible stitching to the face of the fabric to ensure a smart finish.… view more.
Different curtain headings give different effects, so if you’re planning on buying or making new curtains find out which heading works best.
Beautiful curtains can instantly transform a room from drab to fab. A simple way to add drama and interest to any space, a great set of drapes will give a room a finished, polished look. But it’s not just about the fabric. Different curtain headings give different effects and work better with some materials than others, so start by considering which one best suits your room.
Pencil pleats are the traditional standard heading for curtains and suit all types of track and pole and most fabrics, patterned and plain.… view more.