Draw the curtains in style with the latest design trends for fabric window dressings.
When it comes to choosing fabric window dressings for your room, there's a lot to think about. Not only do you need to make a choice on the fabric, colour and pattern, but also the style and what it has to offer functionality-wise, as well as how it will be installed in your space.
Each has its benefits, and some potential drawbacks, but you can be certain some styles are more en vogue right now than others. So, we've picked some of the most on-trend ideas for fabric curtains and blinds for every room in your house to inspire your choices.
Getting the balance right between privacy and allowing natural light into your home is one important thing to think about when choosing soft-furnished window dressings. A blackout curtain is important in a bedroom, for example, to ensure you can sleep through light summer mornings, however, every time you close the curtains, you don't want to be plunged into pitch darkness.
Layering a blackout textile and an opaque textile has become the go-to solution - whether it's a curtain and a voile, as in the ILIV bedroom scheme above, or these clever double layer blinds from Blinds2go.
For a less cluttered look, more and more of us are opting for discreet, tracked curtains. Not only do these offer a sleeker option to a traditional curtain pole, it means that curtains can be hung directly from the ceiling, helping to make rooms feel taller and adding a dramatic statement.
Tab top curtains
As we try to transform our homes into peaceful, relaxing spaces, we're moving away from fussier styles such as pencil and pinch pleat curtains. Look for styles with soft, natural undulations for a more casual feel.
To stick with the softer feel you're looking to create, choose curtains with tab tops, which means there's no curtain rings or other hardware involved, while still giving you lots of control over how the curtains sit on the pole.
Image: Prestigious Textiles
Geometric patterns are a popular choice for curtains and blinds, especially in homes with a contemporary style. For an up-to-date take on the trend, look for fabrics with more unusual shapes, colours and patterns than standard triangles or hexagons, for example. These will help ensure the space feels sophisticated and stylish for 2020.
'Biophilic design' is a buzzword for 2020 - it basically means creating a home that's more connected with nature. As well as filling our homes with plants, nature-inspired prints are a big trend, especially where they can help link the interior of your home with the outside – windows therefore make the perfect spot for a plant print pattern!
Scaled up prints
In the same way that wall murals have become a big wallpaper trend (literally), look out for oversized fabric prints for curtains too. We love the idea of using a border print on curtains or a blind for a more interesting way to bring pattern to your home, such as this cactus patterned voile from Scion.
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