Curtains and blinds are one of the more challenging aspects of decorating – lots of materials and proportions have to be carefully balanced – but they’re also among the most important: an undressed window can leave a room feeling rather unfinished. Done well, both curtains and blinds refine light levels, add warmth and privacy, and even muffle noise from outside your home. In Britain, where it gets dark early in winter and we often experience the urge to draw the curtains and cosy up, they make us feel safe and cocooned.
Several different elements come together to create the perfect curtains and blinds. First, the drape and insulating qualities of the fabric need to be just right. Weighted hems help them to hang just so. Beautifully made pleated headings create plump folds of fabric so that curtains feel elegant and luxurious, just like the ones you’d see in a lovely boutique hotel. Linings should be carefully matched – lighter ones for heavier fabrics, and denser ones for more delicate textiles – so that everything looks its best from the front, and draught-proofing is maximised. Where needed, blackout linings can filter out harsh light and make a room easier to sleep in.
Our new curtains and blinds are designed to do all of these things, and more. We make them by hand (see our article on how they’re made) so that we can get the silhouette and drape just as they should be. And we kept the choice of styles simple so they work in every kind of interior. For curtains, there are three styles of pleat (cartridge, the simplest and most modern; double pleat, for classic elegance; and triple pleat, for more volume and drama). For blinds, we’ve decided to offer just one style, the Roman blind, because it looks beautifully tailored whether it’s used alone or framed by curtains.
We’ve still allowed for plenty of freedom, though. By combining different fabrics and borders, and using curtains in original settings, you can create all kinds of effects that enhance rooms in unexpected ways…