How to “dress” yoru windows

Whether you have large or small windows, single or double glazing, a large mansion or the smallest flat, you will want to dress your windows in style.

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There are a number of different ways to dress your windows, but they all have the same aim: to provide you with a way of keeping sunlight out on the sunniest of days, to keep warmth in at night time and to ensure privacy at all times.

They also, of course, provide a focal point for your rooms and give windows a much-needed splash of colour and texture – undressed windows usually look stark and bleak.

Whether you decide to dress your windows in order to complement your existing décor or go for a statement look, there’s plenty of choice. Here are just a few of the most popular.


Curtains remain the most common type of window dressing in the UK. Available in a huge variety of sizes, colours and textures, they can be hung from rails or rods, and these also come in a large number of styles and shapes.

Hung down to the floor or on a level with the windowsill, they provide warmth for colder rooms, can be useful for keeping out the light in children’s bedrooms (blackout versions are popular with little children), and can easily be changed to adapt to the seasons or whenever you decorate the room.

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Curtains work on all types of windows, whether it’s double glazing in Gloucester – such as that available at this Cheltenham Double Glazing Company – or single glazing.

Blinds and Shades

Another popular choice, blinds and shades also come in a huge choice of colours and textures. Plastic blinds may look a little ‘office-like,’ but they are practical and great for rooms where you sometimes need to shut out the sun.

According to The Telegraph, you can even buy blinds with special energy-saving properties.

Wooden blinds are more stylish, probably look better for longer than plastic versions and offer the same level of control over privacy and lighting.

Shades also come in a variety of materials, including bamboo and fabric, and in all colours under the sun. Roman shades are made of fabric and operated with a pulley, so they can be raised or lowered as required. They come in flat-fold and swag or balloon options for added interest.

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