It’s common knowledge that curtains, blinds and other window treatments can add so much to any interior, so it follows that commissioning designer curtains can elevate your windows and room schemes to a look that is uniquely yours.
At Sue Whimster Curtains, we have worked with a wide range of clients and briefs to deliver beautiful, effective window treatments to suit every taste. Traditional or contemporary, elegant or more whimsical, there’s a beautiful solution to make the most of your windows.
Here we share a few ideas to inspire you in your bespoke curtain journey.
1. Consider the function
First and foremost, you need to decide if your window treatment needs to deliver any function over and above being decorative.
Perhaps it is a bedroom window you are looking to dress so you might require blackout blinds or extra layers to stifle excess outside noise? Below, a corner bedroom window has a sophisticated layered look, with lightweight fabrics allowing light to filter through while still offering privacy, and roman blinds in thicker fabric to provide more coverage at night.
Or maybe it is a large window in a more public space that you need to frame, so something light would fit the bill, while still offering some privacy?
Below, delicate layers of lightweight curtains with a simple blind allow the light to gently filter through, creating an elegant diffused effect that is ideal for softening rooms that receive a lot of direct sunlight.
2. Weight and texture
Your choice of fabric can help to enhance the mood of your space. For example, billowy soft fabrics will create a relaxed, casual feel, whereas a crisp or heavier fabric will create a more formal effect.
The heavy fabric used for the bedroom window treatment shown below compliments the luxurious décor and hangs beautifully, while a crisp, structured pelmet adds a tailored finish for a quietly elegant look.
3. Print and pattern
You’ll need to consider if you want your bespoke curtains to blend with your décor or provide a focal point. To compliment your room, pick fabric that has the same tones as your room scheme, or be brave and go for a pattern to make your window a highlight in the room. You might consider combining patterns – the rule of thumb is to pick opposing patterns in coordinating colours, or complimentary patterns in differing colours, never both.
Below, complimentary patterns in contrasting colours create a playful look, ideal for children’s bedroom or nursery curtains.
4. Frame your window
The positioning of your curtains can make a huge difference in the scale of your windows as well as make the most of a great view (or even disguise a less than favourable one). Hanging your curtains above and wider than the frame will create the illusion of a larger window and add a sense of grandness.
Here, the room benefits from beautiful picture windows and is not overlooked, so full length curtains hung to the outer sides of the windows and a sweeping, draped pelmet provide a perfect frame without obstructing the view.
5. The perfect finishing touch
At Sue Whimster Curtains we can make a range of accessories to enhance your room. The right trimmings can bring your window treatment to life, with accents of colours and texture that add personality and depth to your overall look. For example, the large tassel tie-back seen here compliments the traditional furnishings and picks out the subtle colours of the pattern in the curtain fabric.
Inspired by what you see here? Get in touch and our expert team will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your bespoke curtains create the look and feel you desire. Contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss your handmade curtains vision.
If you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you.