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Ditch dusty drapes for soft florals, floaty sheers and summery shades for a fresh new look.

Most people often forget about curtains altogether when it comes to updating their living room, however their power should not be underestimated. They are a great way of adding that extra bit of style and can even become a statement piece in the room. Here are 7 curtain ideas you should consider trying at home...

Go grand

Tropical Long Curtains With Pelmet Sanderson

Image: Sanderson

Make a living room window the focal point. Double-up with long curtains teamed with co-ordinating blinds in a contrasting pattern or plain – perfect for bays or tall, narrow windows.

Accessorise

Curtain Accessory Brass Bee Tie Back Anthropologie

Image: Anthropologie

Choose statement finials, quirky tie-backs and unusual poles to give your curtains a designer feel. Statement brass tie-backs like these brass bees will set off plain linen curtains beautifully.

Layer up

White Sheers Layered With Heavy Curtains John Lewis

Image: John Lewis & Partners

Combine curtain thicknesses in a bedroom, stacking soft, white, light-diffusing sheers alongside heavyweight drapes will block more light for more privacy at night and add a summery touch.

Choose cheery

Cheery Stripe Curtain Fabric Scion

Image: Scion

Cheery floral prints in an uplifting shade or a classic stripe are a great option if you're looking to lift and brighten a darker space.

Take it wide

Wide Curtains Laura Ashley

Image: Laura Ashley

Make a narrow window appear wider by extending the pole either side, allowing you to draw curtains back further and let more light in. 

Co-ordinate

Blue Patterned Curtains John Lewis

Image: John Lewis & Partners

Take advantage of the many fabric styles now available to match the décor of your room to your curtains.

Don't forget the pelmet

Fabric Covered Pelmet Above Curtains Sanderson

Image: Sanderson

Tie-in your décor with a fabric-covered pelmet in a co-ordinating print - it’ll hide the curtain tops if you prefer the pole not to be shown.

 

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