Written by Paisley Tedder

6 trending ideas for curtains and blinds in 2021

Draw the curtains and blinds in style with the latest design trends and expert advice for fabric window dressings

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When it comes to choosing fabric window dressings for your room, there’s a lot to think about. From where to shop and which styles to go for, to the practicalities of how to hang and measure, it’s a real minefield. Not to mention  making a choice on the fabric, colour and pattern of the curtain and blinds, 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 sourced some advice from the experts and picked some of the most on-trend ideas for fabric curtains and blinds to inspire your choices.

How to hang blinds

With lockdown making it tricky to have people visit your home, and helpful relatives being unable to assist, many of us have had to face up to the realities of doing DIY tasks ourselves, and blinds are no exception. Whilst it’s simple if you know what you’re doing, many of us are daunted by the prospect of measuring wrong or leaving what is seen as a key feature of the room looking wonky and eye-catching for all the wrong reasons. Luckily, we’re here to help.

How to hang curtains

While curtains can add an extra layer of beauty to a room, the functionality is that many people don’t know how to go about hanging them but it’s actually really simple, providing you have the right tools.

Harry Cole, Founder of curtain company, Loom & Last gives us his top tips: “A curtain pole, tape measure, drill and a ladder are essential for you to hang curtains correctly. Once correctly measured, install the brackets approximately four to six inches from the side of the window frame. Depending on your curtain of choice, be sure to have the necessary track or pole rings, and then simply attach or hook them through the pole and into the fixed brackets.”

If you’re still confused, this handy video might be able to help.

Eyelet or pencil pleat curtains?

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Two of the most common types of curtains, but which should you choose? Harry explains the difference: “Eyelet curtains are hung directly onto the pole through the metal rings sewn into the curtain. This creates a deep, even and natural fold that gives a contemporary finish to any room.

“Pencil pleat on the other hand are folds of fabric gathered tightly together, resembling the size of a pencil ¬– hence the name. These curtains have small discreet hooks attached to the back on the curtain which is then hooked to the curtain pole.”

How can I dress a bay window with curtains and blinds?

Dressing a window the right way can make all the difference, as Jen and Mar from Interior Fox know all too well. They explain, “Deciding on curtains or blinds for a bay completely depends on what is under the window. If nothing lies directly under, we love using both blinds and curtains together, this look adds more texture and warmth to a home.

“Moreover, if you have a desk or daybed in a bay window, we’d recommend sticking to blinds to keep the look nice and minimal. Another top tip: steer clear of short curtains. They feel dated and can make the window feel smaller.”

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.

Curtain and blind trends for 2021

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With that in mind, we are going to take you through some of the styles setting the tone for window dressings in 2021..

Earthy tones

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Off whites, creams and stony greys as well as rusty tones – comforting, powerful colours that are welcoming and exactly what we need after a year of uncertainty and concern.

These earth-inspired tones are versatile and subtle, so will fit in with Scandi and traditional schemes, and a multitude of others. If you have a statement wall or vibrant colours, these shades of curtain and blind will help to enrich and complement them, making them stand out without getting in the way.

Exotic prints

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On the other hand, statement windows are also on trend. From animal print to stripes, curtains and blinds are demanding a whole class of their own and we are so here for it. Gone are the days where curtains and blinds were simply fit for keeping the world out, now they have the power to command the room on their own.

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‘Biophilic design’ is a buzzword for 2021 – 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!


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Following on from the natural interior trend, the return of Cottagecore across our curtains and blinds, particularly in the kitchen. Florals and natural fabrics galore, and we are so here for it!


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Even if you’re not inspired by the patterned options already mentioned, a bold statement colour will certainly catch your eye. Across both curtains and blinds, bright or commanding colours are bouncing into our interiors. From full length teal blackout curtains to sky blue venetian blinds. We’re spending more time at home and the lust for colour is catching.

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