Interiors: the curtains are warm again on the rail
After years spent in the wilderness, the good old curtains are making a comeback. Cozy comforters to Luxury Room Dividers, Interior Designer Sally Cullen Unveils Clever New Ways To Work Them
Keep it light
Bringing sheer fabric curtains into your bathroom will provide both warmth and privacy while letting in lots of natural light.
Remember the great rejection of carpets from the 90s, when we all lost our minds to hardwood floors? It was quite cold underfoot, I remember. Experienced curtains
a similar fate, replaced by shutters, blinds or, in many cases, nothing at all. When Ikea told us to ‘throw away our chintz’, we dutifully cut, clean and do away with frills, frills and curtains. Modern doors and improvements in insulation and heating have contributed to their demise, but you can’t ignore the aesthetics.
Recently, puckers and pleats have once again made a splash in the hottest household goods circles and many retailers are returning to the humble curtain, but not as we know it. The new wave of drapes doesn’t just hang on windows: it covers, hides and showcases everything from bathroom cabinets to glass doors and room dividers.
Not only do curtains make great storage solutions, they can hide a multitude of sins. Messy open shelves? Just pull a curtain on it!
In homes where open space reigns supreme, curtains can divide a space, provide privacy, or create a cozy nook. In short, it’s not quite time to draw the curtains on this essential softness of furniture.
Take it higher
Large windows require floor-to-ceiling coverage, not only for privacy, but also to give a cozy feeling on winter nights. Opt for a transparent fabric if you prefer to let the light pass
Curtain Fabric: Peacock Marazzi, Â£ 107 / m. Sofa fabric: Matiko in Malachite, Â£ 189.50 / m. Cushion fabrics (left to right): Ilana in Blush, Â£ 123 per m, Nuala in Rosa, Â£ 140 per m, Kivuli in Caspian, Â£ 93 per m, all blackedition.com
Put away a comforter
For a window seat with a difference, use plush fabrics in a striking pattern to cover the space and use it as a reading nook. Removing it will open it up to the rest of the room
Curtain fabric: Morris & Co Kelmscott Tree in Russett / Forest, Â£ 195 per m, johnlewis.com. For a similar rug, go to oka.com. For a similar chair, try sohohome.com
Refine an area
Crittall-style interior windows are more popular than ever as a way to divide spaces. Curtains are also a great way to separate different areas while adding texture and interest.
For similar velor curtains, try dunelm.com. For a similar one. dining table try loaf.com and. for a similar wallpaper, try cole-and-son.com
Work on a study
Curtains are an easy way to add glamor to a home office. Once you’ve decided on the wall color, don’t be afraid to apply it to doors and radiators for a cohesive look.
NEED EXPERT ADVICE?
If you are planning to buy curtains, be sure to consider the size, purpose, and style. Here is an overview of the companies that can guide you …
Hillary Luxury styles in a range of gorgeous colors, prints and textures. Expert advisors are on hand to provide you with perfect results. Its team adjusts, smoothes and ensures that your curtains hang properly; hillarys.co.uk.
John lewis Make an in-home or virtual appointment with one of its experts who will measure, help you choose from over 500 designs and ensure your design is made to order in just seven days; johnlewis.com.
Sewn Offering bespoke curtains in the UK, this company is passionate about sustainable living and uncovers the stories behind their fabrics and the fibers they are made from. With a network of trained and trusted experts, it offers detailed step-by-step instructions; sewn.co.uk.
Dunelm Save time by letting this housewares giant take care of the manual labor – with a team of fitters who are not only affordable but promise a “perfect fit every time.” It also offers innovative and durable fabrics and offers hundreds of styles and colors; dunelm.com.
Loom and last Specialists in custom made curtains in the UK. Buyers source beautiful natural materials from all over the world and ensure each model is hand finished with a choice of titles and linings; loomandlast.com.