Simpler window dressings are the order of the day. Elaborate curtain treatments have given way to plainer styles while fancy swags and tails, frills and furbelows are consigned to the past! Try these easy-to-follow curtain ideas to suit your windows.
Choose a plain wooden, metal or painted curtain pole and an unfussy heading such as simple gathered heading or pencil pleat heading which has a relaxed effect. In the blue bedroom above, with a little desk concealed in the bureau, a modern version of a blue and white toile (beasties linen by Celia Birtwell) a white pole and pencil-pleat heading look suitably informal. All the colours in this room are harmonious, including the curtain fabric – in a warm shade of blue.
Alternatively curtains can be designed as a simple sleeve to go over the pole or as tab-topped design – with tabs made in the same fabric. A simple sleeve-design or tab-top work best with lightweight fabrics, such as a fine linen – where you don’t need to open and close the curtains too often – as neither system is as easy to draw as rings.
In a bedroom a simple pelmet which softens the top of the window and hides the heading too can work well. For a less-fussy look make it in the same fabric as the curtains. Opt for a plain design or a soft-scalloped edge and position well above the edge of the window to avoid cutting out too much light.
Lined curtains work well in a bedroom where you need to cut out bright light. Black-out lining can be used as an interliner, or as a lining, and comes in black, white, or off-white. It can also act as an insulator – especially if you use both together. Elsewhere, lighter, unlined curtains can have a fresh appeal and can look more contemporary.
As a change to traditional, plain lining fabrics you could contrast two fabrics together, with one as a lining, though this will be more expensive. Utilitarian ticking patterns look good used as linings.
Also please feel free to take a look at our wide selection of children’s curtain fabric, pick one you like and get in touch with us and we’ll make your very own handmade curtains for you! You can also find more childrens curtain ideas on our Pinterest board!