Window Dressings: Are Yours Catwalk Ready?

When it comes to redecorating your home or taking a crack at interior design, the decisions can seem endless – and choosing window dressings is no exception.

Windows and their dressings are often an afterthought during large renovation projects, which can become a costly oversight. It’s important to allow for the cost of windows and window dressings within your budget – especially if you’re hoping for something bespoke.

Before spending any money, you need to consider how space will be used – and the practicalities. For instance, kitchens tend to look a lot better when bathed in natural light, so choosing a dressing that’s either lightweight or looks good when drawn is paramount. Whereas bathrooms are often steamy with their windows collecting condensation, so fabric dressings may need washing often to avoid smelling of damp or growing mould.

You need to likewise consider the look and feel you want to achieve. However, ultimately, window shapes and styles will determine your choice of window treatments.

So, with all that in mind, let’s look at the options available:

Window Dressings: The Options


Dress curtains to hide window recess - window dressings

The natural, and go-to, choice for most people in the majority of rooms are curtains. They are a window dressing staple.

Buying curtains off-the-shelf and ready-made can be an inexpensive option; (and when eclipsed from the budget, the only one). However, windows are rarely standard sizes, so alterations may be necessary… or left long overdue.


If you planned and allowed budget for your window dressings, then bespoke, made-to-measure curtains can be an option; this means having final say over every detail.

Are you hankering after full-length, interlined curtains that puddle on the floor for a truly sumptuous look, or is your style more sleek and contemporary?

If you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with large feature windows (and privacy isn’t an issue) you may choose simple ‘dress’ curtains, which soften the edges of the window recess but can’t be closed.  This is a great option for when there’s a radiator beneath a window because a blind or net can provide privacy and dress curtains can be used for a more luxurious look.

Roman Blinds

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Roman blinds offer a classic look that’s less utilitarian than roller blinds but provide the same level of functionality.

When space is a premium and you’re looking for a smaller option, roman blinds are the best bet as they’ll fit inside your window recess and tuck out the way.

Roman blinds can be dressed down in a nice, neutral fabric to allow all attention for other elements of your home décor. While, alternatively, when made in an eye-catching fabric and teamed with floor length curtains they’ll be the focal point of a room.

Roller Blinds

Conservatory in a family home in Wales

Roller blinds are available in a never-ending selection of colours, patterns and fabrics; they are a fantastic window dressing option for kitchen and bathrooms.

Sheer fabrics, like netting, can be used during the day for privacy without compromising on natural light.

If you’re using a roller blind in a bedroom, we’d suggest picking a black-out fabric to ensure you’re not awake at 4:30 am on the weekends in summer!


curved wooden shutters - window dressings

Shutters are probably the rarest form of window dress that you see around, but in our opinion, they’re the nicest. They have a timeless, rustic appeal that works as part of a ‘cute’, spotless design, or a more shabby-chic theme.

Shutters offer homeowners the flexibility to adjust the amount of light let into a room. Full length and half-length options are available. And shutters are great for windows that are an awkward shape; when made-to-measure, they are particularly eye-catching on curved windows.


Finding the right look for your windows can really make a difference to a room; so take a bit of time and have fun with different ideas. Remember to allow space in your budget for window dressings to ensure you don’t have compromise on what you want!


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This is a guest post written by Gill Wilkinson at GMW Interiors.