How to style your windows

Nov 12, 2017 | Uncategorized

I’ve been talking a lot over the past few months about the Art Deco apartment in Rose Bay that we will be renovating early next year. Today was my final meeting at the apartment and we make some key decisions around our window coverings.

I always leave window coverings as one of the last things that I choose. Mainly because I like to have wall colour, flooring and lighting style locked in before deciding on if we should be looking at roller blinds or roman blinds, plantation shutters or curtains, the list goes on. There are so many great types of window coverings out there and really your decisions should be dictated by style of the home and also function. Here are some key things to consider when choosing the right option for you.

Think about function first. Do you need to filter light, add warmth, provide privacy to a room? Then layer this with style, is your home more traditional therefore shutters, curtains and roman blinds could be appropriate. Also don’t be afraid to mix things up. Often in a traditional space I will use a translucent roller blind for privacy with a lovely block out curtain over the top for night time.

Here are the main types of coverings and where you should use them:


Plantation Shutters

These are an excellent addition if your windows aren’t that attractive or your view out isn’t the best. These are an elegant addition to any home, traditional Hamptons or more modern. These are also great for privacy and for people with allergies as they don’t hold dust like fabrics do. I would say if you need complete block out to sleep these aren’t for you in your bedroom as they will let light through.

Roman blinds

Roman Blind

These are great to add a layer of fabric softness to a room especially in more traditional homes with character features. You can use almost any fabric and line it for a block out effect. These can be adjusted like a roller to sit open, or closed partially open. You will also always see about 250mm/300mm of fabric when fully open at the top which is a nice feature.

Roller blinds

Modern roller blinds

Rollers are great where you want minimal feature in your window covering. Perfect for modern spaces and can be installed in a double set up one translucent that can filter light and offer privacy and the other block out for night time. I love the translucent as an option to protect flooring and furniture from sunlight.


S-Fold Curtains block out and sheers

Either sheers for softness and privacy or block out for light control these are the perfect choice for many rooms, modern and traditional. I love the mix a sheer with a block out floor to ceiling in a bedroom for softness and luxury. The only place I won’t put a curtain is in a wet area so no bathrooms and not a kitchen. You need something more practical here. S-Folds are the more modern look but do take up space into the room, otherwise I like a box pleat for a more compact application.

So yes leave your window coverings to the last thing, but don’t forget about them all together. They are as important and lighting and can really add something to the space as well as protect your home from sunlight and help with a good night’s sleep!

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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