When it comes to dressing bedroom windows, you really can have it all. There are so many options for filtering daylight, keeping the room cosy, and ensuring privacy. But which to choose? Naturally, a peaceful atmosphere at night is paramount, so if you’re a light sleeper, seek out blackout-lined curtains and blinds, or opt for solid shutters. For ground floor and other overlooked windows, sheer fabrics, slatted blinds and window film offer varying degrees of shading. Blinds and curtains with thermal lining and thick interlinings will cut draughts to a minimum.
Above all, window treatments should have visual impact. Get in touch with your inner interior designer to come up with your own delicious combinations to enhance the bedroom. A standout pattern for curtains or a blind is a great place to start and will set the theme for a room, as you can use the colours and motifs when choosing bedroom furniture. If you like playing with textures, layer sheers with closely woven fabrics for a subtle effect.
1. Go for clean lines in classic white
For a clean, crisp look, choose pristine white shutters. These are full height, but for more flexibility, choose tier on tier, which allow you to open the top and lower sections separately, or café curtains which cover just the lower part of the window.
Full height hardwood white shutters, from £166 per sq metre, California Shutters.
2. Make a bay window statement
This bedroom bay window treatment works on so many levels. The eccentric, striking pattern is eye-catching; the eyelet heading ensures the curtains fall in even yet soft pleats from the pole and sweep the floor; the drapes highlight the height of the window.
Teora Gold ready-made curtains, W228cm x L228cm, £160, from the Palazzo collection, John Lewis, on sale September 2018.
3. Create a nature-inspired haven with a Venetian blind
Bring a natural element to the bedroom with wooden Venetian blinds, one of the most adjustable treatments for a sunny window since the louvres can be tilted precisely to deflect glare. Wide louvres are on-trend. Choose contrast tapes for a hint of colour.
Bespoke Wood Venetian blind in Caroba, from £118 for W61cm x L61cm, including fitting, Apollo Blinds.
4. Add a fun design to kids’ rooms
Solid shutters shut out the light, so kids get some rest even in summer when the evenings are long, but they also open up the possibilities for colour and motifs. A colour-matching service from Shutterly Fabulous ensures the shutters are the perfect shade and you can have dots in any colours you like, to match walls, furniture or favourite toys.
Solid Polkadot shutters, from £299 per sq metre, Shutterly Fabulous.
5. Make loft blinds super-practical
Motorised blinds are a great option for loft or hard-to-access windows. The PowerView system from Duette opens them remotely via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and is compatible with tablets and mobile devices. These Day & Night blinds combine Anthracite blackout and sheer white fabrics.
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Made to measure motorised blinds, from £150 for W40cm x L60cm, PowerView hub, £220, Duette.
6. Layer up for flexibility and warmth
A layered design multiplies the options for adjusting light. This Ikea treatment starts with Skogsklöver roller blinds in Grey, W100cm x L195 cm, £25, to cut the light. Use a triple track to hang Sparvört sheer curtains, White, W145 x L250 cm, £25, and Hilja curtains, Grey, W145 x L250cm, allowing light to filter through. Finally, hang Sanela curtains in Grey-Green, W140cm x L250cm, £39, from a pole to complete the effect. All Ikea.
7. Roll out an instant solution
The simplest of window treatments, neat roller blinds take minimal fabric and are a breeze to put up. Variations include bottom up blinds, where the cassette fits to the window sill, half and half blinds, where the upper part is in a transparent fabric and ‘zebra’ blinds, incorporating adjustable fabric slats.
This Spriglets Greenery roller blind, £48.98 for W60cm x L80cm, from Blinds 2 Go, comes in a standard or blackout version.
8. Double up with curtains and a Roman blind
For a sophisticated yet cosy effect, fit lined curtains and a Roman blind. Warm interlining is optional, but it’s ideal for draughty windows and makes curtains hang better.
9. Guard your privacy without losing light
Ideal for a ground floor bedroom that is overlooked, window film is supplied ready-cut to the exact measurements for your window and is easy to fit. Frosted finishes, all over patterns and motifs are on offer.
Hex by Layla Faye, £31.68 for W80cm x L60cm, The Window Film Company.
10. Set blinds within the frame for elegance
The solution for tall windows or French doors, these pleated blinds fit neatly within each pane for a minimal look without interrupting the frame. Team with sheer curtains hung from a pole that extends either side of the windows so they can be swept right back.
Made to measure Infusion taupe Intu Micro blinds, from £71 for W40.5cm x L61cm, including fitting, Style Studio.
11. Go for a splash of pattern
Found a fabric you love but afraid of busting the budget? Roman blinds are the answer, taking far less fabric than curtains, yet folding into decorative pleats. Here, the blind puts the emphasis on an on-trend greenery pattern.
Capri roman blind in Urban Jungle, W80cm x L170cm, £59, Dekoria.
12. Soften the appearance of shutters
If you feel that shutters alone are smart but just too regimented, add a touch of romance with sheer curtains. The track or pole should extend past the window frame so that the curtains can be drawn right back without compromising the opening of the shutters.