6 ways to revamp your home with curtains

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6 ways to revamp your home with curtains


Most interior designers will tell you that window coverings make a room. Get them right and they have the power to turn it into an instantly inviting space. Get them wrong, however, and the opposite can be true. Too bright, too heavy, too long or too short, and they can change the whole atmosphere of the room.

To ensure you get your look right, we’ve put together some expert tips for choosing the right curtains, blinds or shutters for your home, whether you want to create a cosy, welcoming bedroom or a multifunctional living space.

1. Consider the bigger picture

Before you do anything, think about what you want to achieve with your window furniture. For example, is it about softening a space or adding more texture and color? Do you want to exclude light or invite more in?

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2. Add instant color and pattern

    Hillarys Abigail Ahern Collection Eyelet in Oriel Sepia

    Hillarys

    Curtains are a great opportunity to include a burst of color. Avoid matching them to the exact shade of your walls unless you want them to blend into the background – instead try a tone that’s slightly lighter or darker, or take inspiration from statement furniture or accessories such as cushions or wall art.

    Want to make your window coverings the star of the show? Pattern is the way forward. For a cohesive feel, choose one that features a color that matches a common fabric in the room. However, if you already have several focal points in the space, it’s best to stick with a block color. Not sure where to start? There’s a huge range of fabrics to choose from at Hillarys, from rich velvets to breezy voiles, and a Hillarys advisor can help recommend what might work best in your space.

    3. Top up your windows

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    Margo Selby at Hillarys Curtains in Zaha Forest

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    This may seem obvious, but it’s worth remembering that different types of treatments suit different windows. Floor-length curtains will add a glamorous feel to a room, but if your window is located above a radiator or behind a bed, go for a tailored blind or curtain that ends just below the window sill for a neat finish. Wide windows suit eyelet or wave curtains as they create uniform pleats, while pinch pleats on tracks work well on bow and box windows because they bend easily around curves and corners, and you can control the width of the pleats.

    4. Balance privacy with daylight

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    Hillarys curtains and roman blind in Solace pure

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    Too much light, or not enough privacy, are common complaints when it comes to windows, especially in bedrooms. Fortunately, there are many bonds that offer practical solutions.

    There’s nothing like a beautiful curtain or blind to brighten up an interior

    Try blackout curtains in bedrooms and overly bright rooms (this will also protect your furniture and floors from fading). Or you can layer curtains with a specialist blind or shutters that filter the light. For example, a sheer roller blind helps diffuse glare, while curtains make a room feel cosy.

    As interior designer Abigail Ahern explains: “There’s nothing like a beautiful curtain or blind to dress up an interior – they add such visual warmth and create the coziest atmosphere.”

    5. Insulate with a thermal liner

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    Hillarys Abigail Ahern Amis Buff curtains with Tanner lining and Cadillac Noir pillow

    Graham Aktins-Hughes

    For extra warmth, upgrade your curtains with a thermal liner. An average of 20% of the heat in a room can be lost through windows, so as energy bills rise, this is a smart option. For maximum heat retention, curtains should be wider than the window and touch the floor – heat can still escape if the drop is just to the windowsill. If you’re not sure what will work best in your space, ask for expert advice. Book an appointment at home with a Hillarys advisor, who can make recommendations, as well as take measurements and fit your curtains or blinds to make sure they hang correctly.

    6. Don’t forget the rounding

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    Muse Pearl curtains and Daze Silver roman blind with antique brass with ball finials, all at Hillarys

    Dominic Blackmore

    You’ve chosen fabric, length and style, but there are more ways you can add a little wow. Instead of a track, which is best for a minimal look, choose an eye-catching curtain pole – it can even be combined with finials on each side for an added flourish. Hillarys offers curtain poles in metal or wood and a variety of finishes, plus tiebacks and cushion covers to match or coordinate with your curtains.

    Discover your perfect custom curtains for every room and book an appointment at hillarys.co.uk

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