Timeless curtain ideas for living rooms

A well-chosen window dressing combines beauty with practicality for the smartest of finishes.

One of the main focal points of a room, the way you dress your windows will always have impact. While functionality may sway the decision from curtains to blinds, especially in hardworking rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, choosing window treatments is very much about ‘creating a look’ rather than implementing a wholly practical solution, so follow your heart here. The current trend is for a degree of simplicity that lets the fabric sing. ‘Perhaps it’s because we live in less ostentatious times and our style statements follow that, but there is a move away from fussy pelmets, swags and tails and towards much simpler, less formal looks,’ says David Adeane, director of The Natural Curtain Company. But simple doesn’t mean plain. ‘A greater choice of fabrics in every weight, pattern and colour means that curtains are as an effective as part of the decorating scheme as ever,’ adds David.

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Choosing curtains

There are two ways to buy curtains: you can opt for ready-made designs – although your choice will be limited – or have your curtains made to order. The latter is the preferred option for the vast choice of fabrics, sizes and heading styles on offer. Start your search at the fabric showrooms, local interior design shops and department stores such as John Lewis & Partners, Heal’s and Liberty, most of which also offer curtain-making services too. In London, a visit to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, dcch.co.uk, offers probably the greatest choice of fabrics anywhere in the country, with more than 30 showrooms in the one place.