Choosing a Window Treatment


Before you begin deciding on your new window treatments it is best to consider the following…

 Age of property – Is it Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Post war, New Build et

Light (foliage/ orientation/ size of the window) –  Are there trees or bushes outside to diminish the light coming through the window?

Window size – Do you have smaller windows or are they large to let a lot of light in? – Are they bay windows or straight? – Are they bi-folds, French or patio doors?

What is the orientation – Is it a north-facing or South facing room/s, North facing rooms have a cooler light south-facing rooms have warmer light

Internal scheme for aesthetics – Have you got patterned wallpaper or plain? – What colours are in the room? – Have you got a lot going on, on the walls i.e. lots of pictures etc?

Future plans – Are you likely to redecorate in the next few years? – Are you planning on having building works are done which will affect the room/window? – Are you planning on getting new windows?

 All of the above will help you analyse which direction you should be going in.  Make a list (see our checklist) to help you make the correct decision

All of the above will help you analyse which direction you should be going in.  Make a list (see our checklist) to help you make the correct decision.

For example… Say you have the following parameters to work with…

  • You have a Victorian house with a bay window
  • A lot of trees outside the window
  • It is a north-facing room
  • You have a contemporary scheme with plain a very deep warm blue painted wall.

The Results may be that you may find that the light is quite subdued due to the foliage and as it is a north-facing room the light will have a blue tinge to it.  The rule of thumb in interior design is that it is best to avoid cool colours in north-facing rooms.   This being said you can have blue colours but make them strong to override the natural cool light that comes into the room and use warmer colours as accents.  In a room like this, you have multiple options. As it is a Victorian house the windows will be tall and thin.  Therefore you could have roman blinds fitted either in the recess or exterior.  As the ceilings will be tall it would be best to have a layered effect and have two or three dressings at the same window.  In this instance, we have used a taupe velvet to make three recessed roman blinds.  Then dressed the exterior with dress curtains to elongate the window and finally neatened it all up with a matching pelmet along the top.

Other things to consider…

Bay windows

Splayed bay

This is where there is a bay window with angled sides.  Sometimes they can have a window that carries on (continuous frame) and other times the splayed bay can have a pillar in between the windows. You can also have a splayed bay with a ceiling that is lower than the main ceiling within the room which is called a drop ceiling splayed bay.  If you have a splayed bay window with a continuous window (where all of the frames is made in one) then the window sill can protrude out quite far which can limit your options for full-length curtains so take note of the ceiling height and any coving or cornice around the top which may stop you top fixing a track for curtains etc.

 Square bay

The square bay window is the same as the splayed bay but with right-angled sides.  Again sometimes they can have a window that carries on (with a continuous frame) and other times the square bay can have a pillar in the corners between the windows.  As with the splayed bay, a square bay can also have a drop ceiling and can have a deep window sill which can make things difficult if you want to ceiling fix a track for full-length curtains. Venetian and Roman blinds look good on square bay windows as do curtains.  But when considering curtains consider whether shorter or longer length curtains would look best?

‘L’ Shaped Bay

Another type of bay window is an ‘L’ Shaped bay or a one-sided bay.  These can be quite difficult to dress as they generally look off-centered and slightly heavy to one side.  These windows can have roman blinds on them or other types of blinds and can have curtains as well.  It is tricky to get these right though so it’s probably best to give us a ring for advice.

Shaped windows

Shaped windows are very tricky and if you have one of the following it is probably best to give us a call so we can best advise on how it should be dressed.

  1. Apex
  2. Arched
  3. Elongated
  4. Square with shaping

 Wonky windows

We find wonky windows everywhere so if you have one you are not alone!  There are some tricks of the trade to help you disguise a wonky window.   It is better to look to see where the wonky bit is first of all.  If it is a the top or the bottom?  If it is at the top then it is it the ceiling which is out or the top of the window?  If it is the ceiling then it is best to fit a pole or a track level with the ceiling to disguise the runout. If it is the top of the window you may want to consider putting a pelmet up there to hide the top of the window.  Whichever way you go for curtains though you would be better to look at pooling the curtains on the floor which will detract away from a discrepancy in the height of the curtains.   With severely wonky windows it would be best to avoid any window treatment with straight edges or lines as this will emphasise the wonky window.