Give your windows the wow factor with one of these three key styles.

Just as you create a different mood when you change your outfit, you’ll affect the mood of a room with the style of window treatment you choose. A dining room with stripped wood furniture, neutral wall and floor coverings and an airy aspect looks perfect when simple, semi-opaque voile curtains decorate the window. Put up heavy velvet drapes with swags and bows and people will wonder what went wrong.

Curtains or blinds can also be used to provide privacy. If your sitting room is at the front of the house, do you really want your neighbours peering in as you settle down to an episode of Coronation Street? And while your viewing habits may not make headlines, thieves scouring the area might be happy to know that they can make off with a laptop, TV and DVD player located just a few feet from the kerb.

So, before you decide on a window treatment, make a list that considers all of these points – as well as any factors such as light levels, window shape, size and style – and you’ll be better-equipped to make the right choice both practically and aesthetically.


Vamp up this classic way to dress up your windows using plush material, available in an endless variety of patterns, textures and colours. Curtains can be short and neat, or you can really go for the glam factor with romantic drapes that cascade down to the floor in heaps. During these cooler summer months, however, you can ditch the heavy drapes and go for see-through voile-type fabrics which are cool and floaty.


Not only are they timeless and chic – think Parisian balconies – but shutters also offer privacy and can be adjusted to provide light and ventilation. They are great in summer – if it’s stifling hot, open your windows, but close and lock shutters to keep your home secure while providing airflow. Your look can be traditional or ultra-modern – both choices look fabulous – depending on the character of your home.


For a more contemporary look, opt for blinds which can fit windows of any size and are sure to brighten up a dull spot.