When considering décor, most property owners immediately think of rugs, sofas, and artwork. The more astute owners may even consider colour palettes and attempt to weave a consistent blend of shades and tones throughout a room, but often even this is reduced to finding a yellow rug and yellow sofa to match the yellow painting and the other elements of the room aren’t even considered.
Ultimately, décor refers to a culmination of every aspect that makes up your space and it’s often these subtle, overlooked elements that can have the most significant impact on the ambiance and even function of that space. One of the most significant is the style and design of your window furnishings.
Many underestimate the impact of windows on the overall look and feel of a space, but windows often serve as the starting point for many interior designers when formulating the décor of a particular room. Windows are a powerful design element and the right furnishings let you harness and sculpt their impact on your home.
In order to better understand the important role windows serve in design, let’s take a look at a few of the different furnishing options popular in today’s market and how each serves a different purpose and says something different about a room.
Curtains are perhaps the most evergreen of window furnishings. From the heavy, ornate draperies of the baroque era to the sleek, organza fabrics of today, curtains have been in use since time immemorial.
Arguably the most malleable window coverings, curtains can be made to order with any fabric, heading and style you choose and can easily match your color scheme and interior design style, enhancing and even setting the tone for your space.
Roller blinds are the ultimate modern window furnishing. Though they are most often selected for their functionality and ease of use, aesthetically roller blinds are sleek and simple and can be made to fit a variety of colour schemes.
As a result, roller blinds are the prime choice for modern window décor when designing with a minimalist, modernist or contemporary style in mind. The simplicity and understated charm of roller blinds lends elegance and sophistication to a space.
With their iconic look and pastoral charm, shutters add warmth and ‘cosiness’ to a space whilst bearing a great deal of often overlooked functional value. Shutters not only do a sublime job of regulating light and insulating heat and cold, they’re easier to clean than other furnishings, which is particularly important for the allergy prone.
Window shutters carefully control the influx of natural light, meaning you can easily regulate the temperature of your home, keeping it cool in summers and warm in winters. Shutters come in a range of styles and designs – classic, plantation, panel – each with its own advantages and each with its own aesthetic elements.
Roman blinds are the cosy, upscale and more evolved version of roller blinds. They offer a simple, straightforward style that can lend a warm, sophisticated aura to your interior. Roman blinds are fully back-lined with soft fabrics which gives them their cosy feel.
Available in a range of colours and fabrics, Roman blinds are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for an alternative to traditional blinds, but who still crave the ease of use and privacy that roller and venetian blinds offer.
Arguably the most common type of blind, deployed around the world in residential, commercial and retail settings. Venetian blinds consist of long slats that are manipulated to diffuse, block or let in light, and are available in a variety of finishes and tints.
Timber is one of the most popular choices for venetian blinds and like plantation shutters, add a classic, rustic charm to any space, particularly for windows overlooking scenes of nature or lush backyards. With the right choice of materials, venetian blinds can add an understated elegance to your space.
It’s important to consider all the elements of a space when formulating your décor. Any experienced interior designer will tell you that even the side of the house in which a room is placed makes a big difference to the choices that go into creating its aesthetic. Think carefully about what you want your room to say and decide whether it’s best said by Roman blinds, roller blinds or perhaps a classy set of S-fold curtains.