Choose from bold curtains and sheer voiles to stylish blinds and shutters, update a room with these beautiful new looks. (Part one of two)
1 Pick out an accent colour from a busy design to use throughout a scheme. Roman blinds made from Chiswick cotton fabric in Cranberry, £32 per m; Canterbury dining chair, upholstered in Villandry linen fabric in Cranberry, (H)80x(W)61x(D)60cm, £425; Darlington button-back chair, upholstered in Dalton viscose/cotton/linen/silk mix fabric in Dove Grey with Cranberry piping, (H)99x (W)46.5x(D)60.5cm, £325, all Laura Ashley.
2 A creative mix of blinds and curtains, such as these pastel designs, can add interest to any scheme. Curtain made from Aramon cotton fabric, £143.40 per m; Roman blind made from Orgon striped linen fabric, £140.50 per m, both from the Four Seasons Provence range by JAB Anstoetz.
3 Beautiful sheer fabrics billowing in the breeze instantly spells summer. Polyester voiles in Define 130597, £60 per m, from the Momentum Sheers and Structures collection at Harlequin.
4 Choose a simple, light fabric for windows with scenic views, to reflect the outdoors without detracting from the natural beauty beyond. Curtains made from Berry tree cotton fabric in Emerald, Lime and Chalk, £26 per m, from the Melinki One collection at Scion.
5 Creatively Different offers made-to-order Roman, panel, vertical, Venetian, roller and voile blinds. Shown here is a digitally printed Persian Wallpaper design by William Morris, printed on to wipeable polyester/cotton mix fabric, £646.46 for (H)240x(W)100cm.
6 Using pattern on a full-length design can bring a simple scheme to life and create a luxurious style. Imporo Mimosa polyester fabric curtains, from £111 for (H)140x(W)120xcm, Brands@Home.
7 If you are looking for a design for a children’s room that they won’t grow out of in a couple of years, try the Landmarks cotton blackout Roman blind in navy, from £124 for (H)76x(W)65cm, from the Kids range at Hillarys.
8 A rolled-up blind – or stagecoach valance – will show off co-ordinating fabrics and is easy to make with ribbon or tape. Blind made from Delphinium linen fabric from the Dorothy Meadow collection, £40 per m, backed in Delphinium cotton fabric from the Dorothy Britta collection, £25.50 per m, both Voyage Decoration.
9 A bold block of colour at your windows can create a strong statement. Opulence lined polyester curtains in green, with matching tiebacks, from £39.99 for (H)183x(W)117cm, Homebase.
10 Create contrast with vibrant shades. Roller blackout blinds in Vitra polyester fabric in Action with a bottom pocket in Imperial. Vitra comes in 15 colours, from £64 for (H)61x(W)61cm, The Fabric Box.
11 If you have draughty windows, opt for lined curtains – especially good in a bedroom. Lucy thermal, lined pencil pleat polyester/cotton mix fabric curtains in Plum, with tiebacks, from £34.99 for (H)137x(W)168cm, Dunelm Mill.
12 A Roman blind is a neat way of dressing a small window. The blind pictured is made from handprinted Butterfly Dance linen/cotton mix fabric in Spinach, £43 per m; edged in Plain linen fabric in Spinach, £39 per m, both Vanessa Arbuthnott.
13 Choose a fabric design with accent colours that can be highlighted throughout a scheme. Cotton curtains made from Poppies fabric by Sanderson, £40 per m, Wallpaper Direct.
14 Add colour to a muted scheme with a vibrant design. Tropica half panama taped, lined cotton curtains in purple, from £16.19 for (H)137x(W)117cm, Curtains & Curtains.