Window treatment ideas – 31 ways to dress with curtains, blinds and shutters (2023)

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It may be a cliche, but windows really are the eyes of your home and the way you dress them can make or break your room scheme.

Not only does the design you choose need to be attractive, it will ultimately dictate the light that's cast into the space, so a versatile window dressing is your best option. Take away all the inspiration you need with our window treatment ideas.

Window treatment ideas for all rooms

When it comes to window dressing ideas for bedrooms, blackout curtains are a popular option as they are lined to prevent extra light pouring into the room and spoiling your sleep. Similarly, roller blinds with a blackout lining are another greatchoice for bedroom windows.

Venetian blinds are a smart idea for kitchens and bathrooms, with varieties including metal, plastic and wood. These can be tilted to let more or less light in and for extra privacy, plus, they are easy to wipe clean. For conservatories, vertical blinds are a practical solution, but can look a little dated and roller blinds are often chosen in favour for a contemporary look.

For French doors or patio doors, thermal curtains are a good idea to keep your room cosy and warm.A stiffer curtain fabric will create an elegant drape, however, lighter voile curtains are ideal for teaming with blinds at windows that require a little extra privacy.

Alternatively, shutter blinds are a stylish selection with a continental feel. They're available in many contemporary shades and materials to suit your scheme and similarly to blinds and curtains, can be made to measure to fit your windows.

1. Clash colour and pattern

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DIY SOS designer and official 'Friend of Ideal Home' Sophie Robinson has blown our socks off with this genius combo of floral patterned blinds and geometric print curtains. It's a pairing that you might question on paper, but which looks AMAZING in the flesh.

Sophie describes herself as a 'self-confessed colour lover, cushion hugger and pattern clasher' and explains that 'this room ticks all three boxes, giving a high-energy appeal that's the antithesis of polite beige.'

Stylist's tip: Short curtains only really work in cute country cottages – go floor-length wherever possible

2. Make a statement with bold Roman blinds

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Blinds in Botaniska in Teal, from £22 per m

For an unfussy alternative to curtains, we always recommend looking to window blind ideas– and Roman blinds are possibly the smartest. Fabric panels are softly pleated for a tailored look with blinds positioned inside a window recess or on the outside. Try lining and trimming blinds in a contrast colour fabric for a chic look.

‘You need way less fabric for a blind than you do for curtains,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd, ‘so you can splash out on a more luxurious fabric to really make a statement.’

3. Highlight a statement window design

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Curtains made in Broderie fabric in Spring, £37 per m

Don’t cover up gorgeous French doors or a lovely view outside. Fix up a curtain pole that extends beyond the windows on both sides so that curtains can be pulled back out of the way.

‘Consider if the window is worth celebrating or disguising,’ says interior designer Helen Harry (opens in new tab), ‘some are way too beautiful to be completely covered over by window dressings. I also look at the natural light, the view and the amount of privacy needed.’

4. Use pale blind with black walls for glamour

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We know we shouldn't have favourites. But this is ours.

Mad About The House blogger Kate Watson-Smyth has won us over with this combination of soft pink blinds and dramatic dark grey walls. She's had a bit of fun, too – hello and nice to meet you, pineapple floor lamp!

Kate says of her handiwork: 'This trend is all about making and breaking the rules, contrasting hard and soft, mixing vintage and modern and refined sophistication with a rough and ready edge.'

Stylist's tip: Millennial pink is a great neutral that isn't just for the girls.

5. Frame practical shutters with coloured curtains

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In rooms where you choose a window treatment based on practicality, such as shutters on the lower half of a living room window to offer privacy, it's best to choose a timeless white design.

To add the colour and decoration you can frame the window with curtains that are there more to add decoration – you might not ever need to draw them, but they become essential to soften the look and add pattern or colour to your decorating scheme.

6. Find a neat solution for roof windows

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Skylight windows are a brilliant way of opening up and allowing more light into a loft space. But to ensure a good night’s sleep and to make sure that roof spaces don’t get excessively hot, some kind of window covering is essential.

These blackout roof blinds fit snuggly to the window to provide darkness day or night and come in a range of fabrics and frame colours.

Buy now: Luna blackout roof blinds in shadow black with silver frame, from £19, Swift Direct Blinds (opens in new tab)

7. Use a cafe-style curtain

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A dainty cafe curtain or half curtain is the perfect solution for a kitchen window. A voile fabric in a pretty print to coordinate with your kitchen scheme like this feather print fabric is ideal.

This style of window dressing still lets in plenty of lightbut providesa little privacy if your kitchen window is at the front of the house where passers by may be able to look in. Cafe rods that fit easily into the window recess can be picked up for just a few pounds.

Stylist's tip: Make your own cafe blind by cutting a long strip of voile fabric the length of your window, then hem the bottom edge and create a channel the width of your rod at the top.

8. Layer materials in the same tone for minimal luxe

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This look was conceived by Daniela Tasca-York, winner of 2017's Great Interior Design Challenge. If you watched the show, you might recall her penchant for curtains. Even the lack of actual windows didn't hold her back.

This light and luxe look combines curtains of different fabric weights and similar cool creamy tones. With the glam factor upped by metallic furniture. Marble-effect wallpaper and a deep-pile rug, this scheme wouldn't look out of place in an LA condo.

Stylist's tip: With this tailored look, it's important to get the length of the curtains just right. Avoid mistakes by buying made to measure.

9. Draw attention to a shapely bay window

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Make a feature of a classic bay window with a combination of blinds, to accentuate the shape of the bay, and elegant drapes to highlight the height of the room.

‘Pattern adds interest, but it doesn’t have to be garish or loud. It can be subtle and calming, yet interesting and textured,’ says interior designer Helen Harry on how to dress a bay window.

Buy now: Clarissa Hulse curtains in Dill Ochre, from £46.64, Curtains2go (opens in new tab)

10. Double-up with a ‘day and night’ design

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Picture windows and bi-fold doors look stunning, but glare from the sun can be a problem on very hot days. This clever design features a sunscreen to the rear to reduce glare and give daytime privacy, plus a blackout roller blind to the front for night time shading, all installed on one set of easy brackets.

Buy now: Double roller Ore roller blind in grey, from £16.90, Blinds2go (opens in new tab)

11. Seek privacy with classic shutters

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(Image credit: California Shutters, Cafe-style shutters in white from £168 per sq m)

For a window treatment that won't date, try classic wooden shutters. Ideal for period properties, shutters look stylish indoors and when viewed from the exterior of the property.

‘Café style shutters are a good option, giving privacy, plus letting natural light in too,’ says interior designer Helen Harry. ‘Shutters can be pricey, so I’d always go for white for longevity.’

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12. Make windows look bigger with clever curtain trick

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Try this trick if you want to make a narrow set of doors feel wider or a small window appear bigger. Choose a pole wider than the window, so that curtains can be stacked back on each side - having most of the window frame on show creates the illusion of width. Likewise, fixing the pole slightly above the frame will make windows appear taller too.

Buy now: Buckland lined curtains in natural, from £86.99, Terrys (opens in new tab)

13. Create a smart country look with plains and stripes

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Here's one for all the countryphiles out there.

Stylist Emily Henson has put together a look that she describes as 'soothing and relaxing, cosy and nurturing'. The elegant double pinch-pleat curtains frame blinds in smart stripes to classy and classic effect, and the layering continues with a generous pile of cushions and throws on the sofa.

Who wouldn't want to snuggle down in that room?

Stylist's tip: Linen curtains are a classic choice that won't date. If you're planning to splash out on curtains, they're a good way to go.

14. Choose practical blinds for a kitchen

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(Image credit: Hillarys, Evelyn Nectarine roller blind, from £55)

Fancy curtains and fussy blinds aren’t the best choice of window covering for a busy kitchen. Aside from the fire risk, heavy materials retain cooking smells and can be damaged by steamy conditions.

These blinds have a moisture-resistant easy-clean finish and come in a range of patterned fabrics including this pretty watercolour design. The range includes matching roller blinds and skylight blinds for a chic co-ordinated look.

15. Use tie top curtains

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Tab top curtains in a subtle print are a laid-back solution to dressing large bay windows. They're easy to make yourself as you don't need to attach curtain rings or hooks. They're also easy to remove when you fancy a change as you just need to untie the tabs and swap to a new design. This style of window dressing works best with lightweight or sheer fabrics. Tab top curtains offer a similar look and are available readymade from many retailers.

Stylist's tip: Selectapole in a coordinating colour to the windows and walls soit doesn'tdetract from the soft nature of the curtains.

16. Set the scene

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If space either side of a window is tight, opt for a neat roller blind fixed to the frame or inside a recess. Create wow by choosing a bold colour, lively pattern or a striking pictorial scene.

‘Keep it simple and don’t drown the window in layers of fussy blinds or curtains,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd (opens in new tab). ‘A simple roller blind fixed above or on the window (or even right up against the ceiling) won’t block out too much light.’

Buy now: Wilderness blackout roller blind in topaz linen, from £35.45, Blinds 2go (opens in new tab)

17. Create a rosy glow with soft sheers

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(Image credit: Hillarys, Serenity Powder voile curtains and Roman blinds, from £125)

Replace weighty winter curtains and blinds with lightweight voiles and floaty sheers over the warmer summer months. An easy way of brightening up a room, sheer fabrics will let natural light in while still providing plenty of privacy.

Stylist's tip: Choose a simple wave curtain heading that will make curtains fall in soft, floaty waves, teamed with a softly pleated blind for a relaxed, laidback look.

18. Go big with a bold botanical

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Ditch drab neutrals that blend into the background and make a statement with a bold, standout design. Surface View’s bespoke roller blinds are custom made from a range of unique imagery that includes fine art prints and striking photography.

Stylist's tip: Choose a ‘wow’ fabric and it’s like hanging a piece of art at the window,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd.

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Buy now: Roller blind in Timonius Timon by James Miller, from £190, the Natural History Collection, Surface View (opens in new tab)

19. Try tailored stripes for a chic look

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Unsure about pattern? A subtle stripe or plain textured weave will always look classic and can easily be incorporated into a new colour scheme. Weaves also have the advantage of being slightly thicker than standard fabrics so are more insulating.

‘Bold patterns might draw your eye and make more of a feature of a window, but they will date more quickly, says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd, ‘and you might tire of them sooner – fine if you like to redecorate every few years, but not ideal if you’re thinking “this is it” for the next 15 years.'

Buy now: Blackout lined eyelet curtain in Aurea Red, £27.50 per m, Loom & Last (opens in new tab)

20. Frame a gorgeous view

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Build a bench seat into a window recess so you can make the most of a glorious view outdoors. Keep the window treatment neat and tailored by opting for an unfussy pleated blind that can be pulled up out of the way without obscuring too much of the glass.

Buy now: Cotton blackout Roman blind in dark natural, from £40, Next (opens in new tab)

21. Use roll up and Roman blinds

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Roman blinds and roll-up varieties are a simple yet stylish solution for conservatory windows. They can be hung over each panel of glass and can be tied at different heights depending where the sun hits to create shade and prevent the room from getting too hot.

Lighter colours will maintain a feeling of space and reflect heat, or why not choose a blind fabric to coordinate with other textiles in the room, such as upholstered furniture and accessories? This style offers such simplicity, you could even make one yourself with this simple how to make a Roman blindtutorial.

Stylist's tip: For a luxe feel in a bedroom, try a real or faux silk or for a traditional look, opt for a crisp linen in stone or cream.

22. Add an accent colour with shutters

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The traditionalshutter is an inspired and effortlessly stylish choice of window dressing and has become increasingly accessible. There are many different styles on offer, including full window shutters, the half cafe design and full solid shutters to completely block out light - ideal for bedrooms.

For kitchens and bathrooms, opt for waterproof vinyl shutters to ensure water and humidity doesn't damage your purchase over time. If you're looking for value for money, crafted shutters are the way to go as these are made from medium density fibreboard, where as hardwood is the classic choice.

Stylist's tip: Paint your shutters in a bold shade for a statement window dressing that coordinates with your unique room scheme.

23. Create an airy vibe with sheer curtains

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A modern take on traditional lace curtains, sheer curtains made from voile or chiffon fabric are an excellent option for dressing windows in rooms thatyou want to allowlight into, but don't want passers by to be able to see in like glazed outside doors or cloakrooms.

Use a narrow rod that fits the frame so it's virtually invisible and hem curtains just below the glass. Fit the curtains a pane or twofrom the top to let in light above where people can see in.

Stylist's tip:Use a voile fabric with a subtle embroidered detail for a frosted effect - perfect for windows at the front of the house or bathrooms.

24. Use a wave heading

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Soft waves of fabric create a smart but simple finish that's easy on the eye. A wide Tempo heading pleat makes curtains fall in soft, regular waves, so they will always look just right. Team it with a sleek, modern suspension rail that the curtains glide below and let the curtains sit flush with the floor so they'll look neat open or closed.

Stylist's tip:A cut-velvet pattern adds a luxurious edge to this otherwise pared-down window treatment.

25. Hang a double pole

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(Video) window treatments for large windows

A clever double pole design means you can hang both a sheer and a curtainaround the bay window, but draw them independently. Brackets normallyget in the way of curtain rings being pulled around a bay, but thisdesign uses passing rings that allow the curtains to be drawn all the way round.

A standard heading tape left ungathered on both curtains creates a soft, informal effect. Keep the sheers sill-length for a neat finish and go for floor-length curtains to create real impact in a bay.

Stylist's tip: Team a bold, modern, floral curtain fabric with a floral patterned voile for a modern take on a curtain and sheer.

26. Use a pelmet

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For acontemporary take on a traditional curtain finish, use a flatpelmet layered over voile curtains sporting coordinating tie-backs. This style provides a neat finish to your windows as it hides curtain poles and other fixings.

Recreate the look of a sophisticated hotel bedroom by selecting pillows to match yourpelmet and tie-back fabric. Opt for a simple geometric print with a Moroccan vibe to echo the design of an ornately shaped pelmet, but keep colours freshand neutral for amodern look.

Stylist's tip: Install a venetian blind behind the pelmet for extra privacy and to keep light out of thebedroom when required.

27. Style with single curtains

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If you have a sequence of large windows in a room, choose single curtains instead of pairs hung centrally to give a contemporary, laid-back look. Omit holdbacks for a further relaxed feel, instead opting for a lightweight fabricsuch as linen as itgathers and drapes beautifully.

Allow plenty of length on the curtains so they pool on the floor to complete the look.

Stylist's tip: Use a narrow chrome pole with small curtain rings so as not tooverpower the overall effect. Small curtain rings will also allow you to gather the curtains more tightly to let in more light in the absence of tie-backs.

28. Combine curtains and blinds

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Printed Roman blinds layered with plain curtains are an elegant way to dress a bedroom window. Go for a bold pattern that coordinates with your room scheme and choose a complementary plain fabric for the curtains.

Combine with pretty tie backs for added detail to your window dressing. If your blind isn't made from black-out material, or you're especially sensitive to the light on bright mornings, the curtains can be drawn in addition to the blind at night time. For a contemporary look, choose a sleek metal pole and curtains with coordinating eyelets.

Stylist's tip: Hang your blind within the window recess and install the curtain pole on the outside leaving a good gap above the top of the blindto provide a soft framing effect.

29. Use a leading edge

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A curtain with a leading edge is a real show stopper. A contrasting fabric from the back of the curtain is continued to the front, and simple holdbacks allow even more of it to be on show when the curtains are open. Use a simple pencil pleatand an unfussy pole to keep all the attention on the curtainsthemselves.

You can enhance the effect of this stunning treatment bychoosing a pole that's slightly wider than the window, which tricks theeye into thinking that the window is bigger than it really is and allowsyou to hold the curtains back without blocking light.

Stylist's tip: A satin-finish fabric for the leading edge gives it even more attention-grabbing shimmer.

30. Enhance decor with decorative panels

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A fabric with a pretty illustration is a great way todress up a window with an uninspiring view. Use plain fabric fortwo-thirds of the length, with the panelled pattern on the lower third.Create visual separation between the two with a ribbon braid, finishing off with a trim below.

An eyelet heading on a pole means the fabric won't fold up, so the illustration can be seen clearly. Keep the curtains to sill height so they hang properly, draw easily and don't block heat from the radiator.

Stylist's tips: Choose a plain fabric in a paler contrasting colour and trim the join to make the print stand out.

31. Layer patterned panels

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Add layers to dress windows to the max. Voile fabric panels featuring bold floral prints in coordinating colours have been layered to create beautiful sheer curtains that still let the light through. To further the eclectic feel, hang using a narrow iron pole and small curtain rings to match and a tieback for the perfect finishing touch.

First things first, begin by cleaning your windows before you start dressing them. Get rid of those cobwebs and sticky finger prints with a thorough wipe downso that they sparkle on the inside and out.

(Video) Window Treatment Ideas

There are many different varieties of curtains to choose from, it's easy to get a little bamboozled. How will you be dressing your windows? Let us know your thoughts!

Additional words: Amy Cutmore

FAQs

What is the most popular window covering in 2022? ›

Undeniably, Roller Shades continue to be forecasted as the leading window covering trend in 2022 largely due to their minimalistic style. Roller shades are also available in a variety of earth tone colors, textures and hardware options, making them an ideal choice for the trending naturistic color pallet.

Can you put blinds and curtains together? ›

We often get asked the question 'do curtains and blinds work together? ' The answer is, for the most part, 'yes' – when paired, the two can bring out a flexible décor and ensure adequate blocking of light and privacy control. However, there are some style guidelines to follow to get the look just right.

What is the new decorating trend for 2022? ›

You'll see lots of curved chairs, sofas with gently sloping arms, and round poufs in velvet, linen, and nubby boucle fabrics. In addition to natural wood tones and vintage pieces, we'll also see a return of black accent pieces. Marble furniture and accents will also be popular in 2022.

What is trending in curtains 2022? ›

Pale green. Green is having a bit of a moment. Whether you're into teal, verdant jungle shades, or softer sages, they all feature in 2022 interior trends. But Blinds Direct has declared soft green its Colour of the Year 2022.

What style blinds are in style? ›

Roller blinds and solar shades are nothing new – but they're still in style, and for good reason.
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What is the best curtain color for 2022? ›

In line with a more minimalist approach to drapery, 2022 curtains are trending towards cleaner, earthier colors. Rather than multicolored or patterned curtains, select drapes in neutral colors like cream, white or slate gray. You may also wish to go even more natural with olive, forest green or deep blue.

Are shutters still in style in 2022? ›

It's no wonder that although classic plantation shutters have been around for many years, they continue to trend as one of the most often chosen and purchased blinds in 2022.

Can you have curtains and shutters in the same room? ›

Shutters on sliding doors can be quite bulky and cumbersome in a smaller room, so we often suggest installing curtains on sliding doors with shutters on all other windows. This scenario has the added benefit of softening a space & improving thermal benefits.

Can you have both shutters and curtains? ›

Absolutely, yes. If you want to, you can put curtains over shutters and in fact, they can make a lovely pairing. Curtains can complement window shutters really well. Both the elegance and decorative elements of curtains can be a nice contrast to the practicality of shutters.

What is best between curtains and blinds? ›

Size of the Room

Full-length curtains are best suited for spacious rooms while blinds are a better option for compact spaces and other moisture-laden areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Note that if there are any furniture pieces like a bed, or a sofa below the window then it is advisable to go for window blinds.

Do people use curtains with plantation shutters? ›

If you'd like to incorporate curtains into your window aesthetic, you can absolutely pair them with plantation shutters. Long, flowing curtains can make a dramatic room statement alongside traditional and modern plantation shutters.

What kind of curtains go with plantation shutters? ›

Sheer curtains, for instance, rarely look nice against a heavier faux-wood plantation shutter. However, a medium-weight cotton curtain will complement the shutter nicely, especially when the curtain has an understated pattern. Keep in mind that the curtain should frame the shutter, not hide it!

What is the most popular window dressing? ›

“Traditional items such as shutters and Roman shades are popular in many areas.” Pulliam says that roller and solar shades are some of the fastest-growing products because they are now available in a variety of colors and transparencies. These are popular window treatment options.

What is the new accent color in 2022? ›

Leading paint companies Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams all agree: 2022 is the year for gray-green. The sophisticated hue symbolizes balance and harmony often seen in the natural world.

What is the hot new color for 2022? ›

Pantone's 2022 Color of the Year is making history with its best reveal yet: an entirely new hue created, for the first time ever, to serve as Color of the Year. They call it Very Peri (17-3938).

What is the new wall colors for 2022? ›

"Over the past few years, we've seen neutrals start to warm up and sustainability and organic living emerge as key design trends. This will culminate in 2022 with tones like taupes, beiges, biscuits, and mushrooms taking center stage, along with nature-inspired hues, particularly greens," says Wadden.

What is out of style for fall 2022? ›

CLOTHES OUT OF STYLE 2022

High waisted jeans, high waisted pants, high waist tennis skirts, skater skirts, knit pants, skinny jeans, hoodie sets, short blazers, leggings, fur coats, cropped leather jacket, A-style mini dresses, and cold shoulders are some of the favourite clothes out of fashion for fall 2022.

Are curtains outdated 2022? ›

In 2022, simplicity and minimalism are emerging in curtain and drapery styles. Less fluff and more flow are the way to go when choosing new curtains for your home. Classic materials like cotton and linen are top of the trend list to match the light, relaxing, naturalist themes this year.

Is gray out of style for 2022? ›

Navy and gray are on the way out

The report also highlighted a declining interest in navy (down 43%), mustard yellow (down 27%), and light gray (down 25%). Yes, while gray has seen an uninterrupted reign over recent paint trends, its reign may conclude in 2022.

Should blinds be lighter or darker than walls? ›

The truth is that blinds can be either lighter or darker than your walls. However, the blinds and walls should be at least one shade lighter or darker than each other to ensure that everything blends well together, and they should also be a similar tone.

What is more elegant blinds or curtains? ›

In general, curtains provide a wider range of stylistic choices than blinds. Compared to blinds, they feel more luxurious and aesthetically pleasing. Think layered curtains of sheer and dark panels, or curtains draping elegantly onto the floor.

What should I match my blinds to? ›

Match To Your Window Trim or Molding

A failsafe strategy that many lean on, is matching blinds or shades to the color of the window trim. Since most trim is white or off white, you can't go wrong with this neutral look, and you'll be guaranteed not to clash with other decor.

What is the color of the year 2022 for living room? ›

What is the best living room accent wall color of 2022? Earthy-toned green shades are on the rise in 2022. Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Behr, PPG, and Better Homes & Gardens all chose muted green colors as their Color of the Year for 2022.

Should shutters be lighter or darker than house? ›

Once you've decided on a few options, take your color swatches outside. Colors intensify and look brighter in the sun, so always go a few shades lighter than the color you initially prefer indoors. Finally, for the overall look of your house, shutter colors should reflect the people who live inside.

Are sheer curtains outdated 2022? ›

Thus, sheer curtain fabrics are here to stay if minimalistic living is going to be the way. With such brilliant options and choices available, there is no doubt that sheer curtain fabrics are going to be in extremely high demand through the year 2022.

When should you not use shutters? ›

10) Shutters to Make You Shudder

Proper shutters should at least appear large enough to cover the entirety of the window when shut (as that's, you know, the whole point of shutters). Shutters should be avoided on double-mulled windows, picture windows, bay windows, and most dormer windows.

Do long curtains make a room look bigger or smaller? ›

Making Your Room Look Larger or Smaller with Curtains

High-hanging curtains with long vertical stripes create the illusion of height, which is excellent for low ceilings. However, short curtains and horizontal stripes shorten your wall height and make the room appear smaller.

Should living room curtains go all the way to the floor? ›

So should curtains touch the floor? The short answer is yes... usually. But when making any decision about your window treatments, whether they're drapes, blinds, or shades, it's important to consider every aspect of style and function so you can choose the best option for your windows and your home.

Can you mix shutters and blinds in the same room? ›

Absolutely. Budget Blinds of Snohomish County has tips on how to keep your windows complimenting each other, while still mixing up the window treatment variety. Keeping your window treatments a neutral color across the board will help tie them together no matter what kind of style you choose for each window.

Do shutters go just on front of house? ›

Although modern shutters are typically used as decoration, they can still provide homes with the same functional benefits as they did centuries ago. These benefits apply, whether shutters are installed on the front or the back of the house.

Should shutters go on every window? ›

Should All Windows Have Shutters? Not necessarily. Double or triple windows should not have shutters. Remember, whether shutters are operational or decorative, the shutter should be big enough to cover the window if the shutters were closed.

Should I cover blinds with curtains? ›

If you have windows with blinds, that could be an excellent place to start. Hanging curtains over blinds adds extra depth and elegance to your windows, as blinds alone can look cold or unfinished. Sometimes hanging curtains on their own is sufficient, but occasionally you need to add extra privacy or light control.

Should blinds be the same Colour as the curtains? ›

No, not necessarily. Let me explain. If you are going for a different style in different rooms, choose the blind to suit that room. We have some bold colours or patterned blinds to make a statement in the room.

Is it better to have blinds inside or outside? ›

In summary, for Venetian, roller and vertical blinds, we would recommend they be hung from within the recess. However, Roman blinds would be better suited outside the recess, as they are able to let more light enter into the room.

What is the next best thing to plantation shutters? ›

Wooden Window Blinds

The sheer variety of designs, colors, and textures would make it very easy for you to find the exact match for your interiors. Other than looks, wooden blinds also come with some attractive functionalities. Like shutters, wooden blinds also provide excellent light-control functionalities.

What are the disadvantages of plantation shutters? ›

Con: Harder to place furniture in front of the window

To be able to open the window, you need to have plenty of space around the shutter because they open inwards (like a door). This means you cannot place (for example) a couch directly in front of it because you will force the louvres shut with no way to open them.

Which rooms should have plantation shutters? ›

They block the heat from sunlight and keep comfortable interior air from leaking through your windows. Consider installing shutters first in rooms with large windows or older drafty windows that need more insulation. The right window treatments can lend style to any room.

What windows look best with shutters? ›

Gliding: As the most popular type of windows being installed in contemporary homes gliding windows can be seen pretty much everywhere. These windows consist of two panes, one that's stationary, and one that slides open and closed. Shutters can easily be fit over gliding windows with little or no customization.

Should you match your door to your shutters? ›

Your home's shutters should coordinate with your front door. While it's a “safe” approach to match your shutter color with your front door, you can also simply go one shade lighter or one shade darker (without the risk of clashing!) to add some uniqueness and style to your home's appearance.

What color should plantation shutters be? ›

By far the most popular colors for plantation shutters are neutral tones. These include Bright White which is a true white, Silk White which is a softer white, and Shell and Biscuit which are both more taupe shades but still very neutral shutter colors.

What window treatments are in fashion in? ›

  • Roller Blinds. Roman Blinds. Venetian Blinds. Shutters. Curtains. Veri Shades.
  • Blinds. Café Blinds. Wire Guided Roller Blinds. Shutters. Outdoor Aluminium Shutters. Roller Shutters – Easyview. PNP Sunshade Retractable Awnings.

Can you use curtains and blinds together? ›

We often get asked the question 'do curtains and blinds work together? ' The answer is, for the most part, 'yes' – when paired, the two can bring out a flexible décor and ensure adequate blocking of light and privacy control.

What type of window coverings are in style now? ›

Roller or Roman Shades

“Traditional items such as shutters and Roman shades are popular in many areas.” Pulliam says that roller and solar shades are some of the fastest-growing products because they are now available in a variety of colors and transparencies. These are popular window treatment options.

What is the most common window covering? ›

Among today's most popular window treatments, matchstick shades offer stylish texture and add natural warmth to your window design. They're easy to operate, look great when paired with drapes and come in a variety of weaves depending on the amount of light control you need.

What is a modern window covering? ›

What is the Difference? Modern window coverings can feature earthy color palettes, natural materials and bright whites. They can range from wood blinds and shutters to drapes and shades. Wood blinds are timeless, bringing the beauty of the outdoors into your home.

Are valances out of style 2022? ›

However, window valances are not totally out of style. They are a timeless window treatment that can remain fashionable for many years after installation, but homeowners should take care when choosing their valances.

Are plantation shutters out of style in 2022? ›

It's no wonder that although classic plantation shutters have been around for many years, they continue to trend as one of the most often chosen and purchased blinds in 2022.

Should Window Coverings be lighter or darker than walls? ›

The truth is that blinds can be either lighter or darker than your walls. However, the blinds and walls should be at least one shade lighter or darker than each other to ensure that everything blends well together, and they should also be a similar tone.

What does Martha Stewart use instead of curtains? ›

Naturally, you might be wondering, what does Martha use in place of curtains? Valances—and there are plenty of other non-curtain options you can choose from as well, including blinds, shades, shutters, verticals, roman shades, and stained glass film.

Which is better for covering windows blinds or curtains? ›

Full-length curtains are best suited for spacious rooms while blinds are a better option for compact spaces and other moisture-laden areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Note that if there are any furniture pieces like a bed, or a sofa below the window then it is advisable to go for window blinds.

How do you cover a window creatively? ›

Creative Ideas For Covering Your Windows
  1. Make use of vintage tablecloths and aprons. ...
  2. Frosted glass is always a classic. ...
  3. A fun wooden sign. ...
  4. Southern style with shutters. ...
  5. Folding screens are easy to move around. ...
  6. Hang plants and watch them grow. ...
  7. Shelves for your collections. ...
  8. Faux stained glass for an elegant look.
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What kind of curtains are in style? ›

Among the main curtain trends for 2021 is an ambiance that's airy or light. Heavy and thick curtains can make a room look and feel much smaller. Homeowners might not realise that some guests may even feel claustrophobic in a room treated with bulky curtains, especially if the room isn't large to begin with!

Are sheer curtains outdated? ›

Sheers aren't outdated. In fact, they're a timeless look that can fit well in any modern home. Use the above tips to incorporate them into your space.

Is gray still in for 2022? ›

Leading paint companies Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams all agree: 2022 is the year for gray-green. The sophisticated hue symbolizes balance and harmony often seen in the natural world.

What is the hottest color for spring 2022? ›

Spring 2022 Color Trends

Yellow, pink, and green dominated many of the collections. Often used as a striking solid, these bold colors sometimes accented a neutral but often were used alone for a bright blast of fun color. Aqua, royal blue, and beautiful reds round out a full and vibrant spectrum.

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