Whatever type of window you are looking to dress, you’ll find the perfect treatment with these ideas chosen for you by Country Homes & Ideas
Elegant and practical, blinds are also a versatile decorating choice. We’ve got clever ideas for sash and bay windows – plus practical solutions for the bathroom and kitchen.
Add privacy to sash windows
Allowing maximum light through a window at the same time as retaining privacy is a common problem. One solution is to cover the lower half of the sash with a panel blind made from perforated, translucent voile fabric will let in plenty of light while keeping prying eyes out. Fixed with a strip of hook-and-loop tape, the screen is quick to install and easy to remove.
Sash Panel blind, from £42 for W60x100cm drop, Alison White Design, 020 8245 1832, alisonwhite.co.uk.
Dress a bay window
Finding the right treatment for a bay window can be tricky, but fitting a Roman blind to each segment is an elegant option. The simple design of a blind is also the ideal way to showcase a beautiful fabric. In a large bay, opt for a bold pattern or colour to create a focal point – a contrasting trim or border adds opulence and frames the blind.
Made-to-measure Roman blind in Hydrangea Duck Egg with Duck Egg dupion silk border, from a selection, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.
Find a suitable fabric for a bathroom blind
A beautiful blind adds character to a country bathroom but you have to be careful to pick the right fabric. One option is the Astor faux-silk fabric from James Hare – it is fully washable and resists fading making it a practical choice for a bathroom. The fabric looks like silk dupion, but is in fact 100% polyester, making it resistant to changes in moisture. It’s available in 53 plain colours and five co-ordinating stripes.
Astor Stripe fabric, col Titanium, around £32 m, James Hare, 0113 243 1204, james-hare.com.
Frame a window seat
Blinds are a more obvious choice than curtains as they don’t encroach on the seating area. Swedish blinds create a relaxed country feel, but bear in mind they tend to be more decorative than functional as they can’t be easily raised and lowered. Roman blinds are also ideal and their clean lines provide the perfect means of showing off your chosen fabric. Select a co-ordinating fabric to cover the window seat pad and scatter cushions.
Made-to-measure Swedish blind in Cloudy Blue with White Frond and Cloudy Blue Stripe Linen Union, from £420 for W100x120cm drop, Moghul Interiors, 0845 508 2834, moghulinteriors.com.
Choose a country-style blind for the kitchen
Practicality is key for kitchen blinds as they have to contend with steam, condensation and sticky fingers. A floral-patterned roller blind is a neat solution for a country kitchen as it can be pulled up out of the way of splashes and window-sill items while still providing shade from the sun. Choose a moisture-resistant fabric with a high polyester content to ensure that the blind stays looking good.
Tea Rose, col Moss, made-to-measure roller blind, from £39 for W60x100cm drop, Tuiss, 0800 862 0466, tuiss.co.uk.
Try a Venetian blind with a country feel
For a modern country look, consider a solid-wood Venetian blind. Hillarys has a wide choice in a range of stained or painted finishes and the blinds can be customised with woven fabric tapes to create a bespoke feel. There are 25 different tapes available, from rich colours to geometric patterns.
Middleton Gloss Venetian blind with Savanna Grey tape, from £154 for W42x60cm drop, Hillarys, 0800 916 6524, hillarys.co.uk.
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