Interior designer guide to window dressing in interiors
Designer’s tips to curtains and blinds
This may come as a surprise, but completing window dressing packages require a great deal of expertise and attention to detail. From aesthetics, practicality and price point, there is plenty to consider when choosing curtains and blinds that’s why it takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to ensure it goes right!
To help you along the way, we have put together a mini-series for an all you need to know guide on the topic, that will help you to dress your windows not only to compliment the interior, but to allow you to control the levels of light entering the room to suit the activities and provide flexibility. We help you overcome obstacles like fitting new curtains on traditional windows or find space recessed tracks in an existing room.
Controlling Light Levels
The first thing you will need to consider is how much light you want to let into the room and what level of flexibility you are aiming for. The rule of thumb is that any bedroom should have an option for complete black out, and most likely an additional sheer as well, to control light. Meanwhile a kitchen or dining area might not benefit from a complete black out option, and would only need a sheer to provide privacy.
You need to consider all the activities that might take place in a room, such as a study that might be used on occasion for a guest to sleep over, or a living room that doubles as a cinema room, which means it most definitely need black out. Window dressing is very personal and not at all a one size fits all, so we always make sure to discuss the client’s requirements and expectations in detail before starting to work on a new package.
Black Out Fabrics
Once you have decided how many layers of curtains or blinds you need for each room, it’s time to actually choose some fabrics, which is one of the most exciting and awaited part of the process! Black out curtains are often made from opaque, thick fabrics, intended on keeping much of the light out, but almost any fabric can be made into a black out with the correct lining. Curtain making specialists would determine the length of fabric needed for each window and would provide good quality, UV resistant lining to back the decorative fabric and ensure it keeps the desired shape over the years.
Sheer fabrics, often referred to as ‘voile’ are intended to block direct sunlight and give privacy while still providing the room with natural light and views out. When choosing sheer fabrics there any levels of opacity as well as texture, colour and pattern to consider. Opacity levels are usually expressed in percentages between 0 and 20, where 0% is essentially a black-out and 20% is a very see through material. You might want to use a very light sheer if you have a second layer of black out curtain also present, while if you are using only a sheer you could opt for a denser material for more versatile use.
Next week we will scrutinise curtains and talk about the different styles of headings, curtain poles, tie backs and finials. Getting to know the terminology will help you to communicate your ideas to curtain makers and ensure the final result will be just as you images! Stay tuned!