Winter window dressings: expert tips to keep the chill out and the style in

Winter window dressings: expert tips to keep the chill out and the style in hero
As the nights draw in, our attention turns to window dressings to keep the warmth in and chilly draughts out. With a wealth of styles to choose from, we asked two experts for their advice on the best way to frame your vista.

Emma Deterding, founder and creative director of Kelling Designs, said; "when it comes to window dressings, for me, nothing does a room justice quite like curtains. As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, there’s something just so lovely about closing your curtains and shutting the world out, so that you can get cosy, warm and relax indoors.

"When choosing curtains for any room, your first consideration should always be fabric choice as the material will be the dictator to how well your curtains function and last. If the fabric is too heavy then they won’t fold nicely when drawn, too light they won’t hang correctly at all.

“In terms of style, this is really a case of personal preference. However, I always opt for neutral curtains if there’s a lot of colour and pattern in a room already. Not only does this help to balance the scheme, but if you have spectacular views from the window, then this will allow it to flow into the room making the space feel a lot larger. If you have a neutral design scheme, then introducing some colour and pattern through curtains will not only make a statement, but will automatically draw the eye to the window, again making the room feel far more spacious.

“If you have windows at various heights, then I’d always use these to give the illusion of space. For higher windows, take your curtains right to the ceiling as this will make the room feel taller and the most of the ceiling height. For lower windows, f it the curtain rail above the window leaving the wall above exposed, as this will help balance the space and give a sense of grandeur.

“You should always consider a pelmet, as they offer an extra level of detail and a practical way to hide unsightly curtain poles and fixtures. The decorative boards are often upholstered and f ixed to the top of the window, giving a seamless, clean look. If you have a neutral design scheme, you can bring colour, personality and charm to the space and your window dressings with a pelmet in a shapely design or bold, patterned fabric with an interesting trim.

“If you have bold curtains and want to add a bit of muted simplicity, opt for a complementary neutral fabric and trim for your pelmet, sticking to a more muted shape too. However, if you are bold and daring, then why not use the same vibrant fabric on the pelmet as your curtains, or opt for a contrasting design to really make your window dressings sing?”

Jayde Clarke is director of Homely Blinds & Shutters -

“Shutters are hugely popular at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. They offer the perfect combination of function and style, making them a go-to choice. Gone are the days when shutters were plain, functional window coverings. Now, they come in a myriad of styles and variations that can suit any home decor and personal taste.

“For those who love a classic style, traditional plantation shutters with wide louvres are a perfect fit. They bring a sense of sophistication and old-world charm to any room. On the other hand, for a modern, minimalist design, choose contemporary styles with narrower louvres and clean lines. These shutters bring a sense of order and simplicity to a space. “Don’t forget café-style shutters which cover the lower half of the window, letting in natural light while still offering privacy. They offer the best of both worlds, and look amazing. “Classic wooden shutters bring warmth and natural beauty to a home while waterproof shutters are a game-changer in bathrooms and kitchens.”