Curtain trends: 8 window dressing ideas
Curtains are back in a big way. Not only do they keep the warmth in, they add texture and style to your scheme and create a softer ambience.
From modern geo prints and fabulous florals to elegant neutrals and tactile trims, these on-trend curtain ideas show you how to dress your windows in style…
1. Go maximalist
Maximalism is back for 2022, no doubt in large part down to Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen’s return to our screens in Changing Rooms, and bold interior designers like Siobhan Murphy making a name for herself in this go-big-or-go-home interior design trend. To embrace the look, go for a bold, patterned curtain fabric in a moody hue, and why not match it to your wallpaper?
2. Tasselled curtains
Tassels, fringing and pom poms came back in a big way in 2021, and 2022 saw them start to appear as curtain trims. Why not add a decorative trim to your existing window dressing for a quick, cheap DIY curtain update? They can be added to your cushions, too.
3. Mix and match
Looking to incorporate more than one pattern into a scheme? The trick is to choose curtains in a similar colour or print to your existing upholstery for a seamless effect. Using different scales will help patterns work well together (for example, large florals mixed with ditsy prints), and stripes and florals are a great mix, too.
4. Statement curtains
Let your curtains become the focus of your room with an eye-catching print or stand-out colour that stands out from your wall colour. Rather than blending into the background, a wow-factor fabric can become the star of the show.
5. The new neutral curtain
If you’d like your curtains to add a cosy element but would rather them blend into your décor than stand out, opt for a neutral design or ones that are the same colour as your walls. If you choose to go patternless, let the detail come from the curtain heading instead – a double pleat top for example, or an ornate curtain pole, adds an elegant touch.
6. Pretty curtain lining
It’s not only the front of your curtains that you need to think about. If you can see the back of them from the outside, consider lining with a fabric in a contrasting print or colour to make them attractive from both sides of the window.
7. Go completely OTT
This brilliant bedroom curtains idea comes from Ikea – create a cocooning, four-poster princess bed feel by draping curtains all around your bed. And make it 2022 by keeping everything in one colourway with clashing patterns.
8. Velvet curtains
It’s hard to beat velvet curtains for that luxurious feel. Thick, sumptuous fabric in rich jewel tones can’t fail to add a sense of warmth to a room. Awkward windows like bays can send many into a spin, but websites like Make My Blinds – which recently launched a curtain collection – were founded on the principle of making it easier to source tailor-made curtains. Check out their online guide to measuring up.
Curtain tie back ideas
Curtain tie backs come in all sorts of unusual shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking for simple stud hold backs, brass animals or macramé tie backs, here are a few ideas to get you out of the starting blocks…
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