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Dressing windows combines practical considerations, such as privacy, light diffusion and thermal performance, with more aesthetic concerns to create a beautiful adornment and feature of the room. Often, layering treatments helps to address both these aspects, offering the creative use of fabrics or other materials to bring colour, pattern and texture with flexible ways to block out light or create privacy when needed. Here, we look at ways to use curtains, blinds and shutters on their own or together to offer practical and adaptable treatments that look beautiful too.


Curtains are a favoured choice for window dressings as they allow for colour, pattern and texture, add softness and luxury as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Practically, they are easy to adjust for light, darkness or privacy simply by drawing them shut or opening and can be layered with other treatments, such as a blind or a voile, should an extra layer be needed.

The style of curtain and the way it has been finished can greatly impact on the character of a room. Long heavy drapes with elaborate pleats or a swag or pelmet, will add grandeur, whilst a simpler ruffle or cottage pleat will suit a more informal space. The size of the)

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