Written by Louise Dunne

7 curtain ideas to lift your living room

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Don’t forget the pelmet

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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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