Country style: elegant windows
Elegant window treatments with that rustic feel
The right window treatment can soften the look of a room, frame a good view, disguise a bad one, shade a bright area and let light into a gloomy one. The bhasic rules for achieving a stylish rustic look are: simple, dainty patterns (gingham, sprigged flowers and natural motifs) suit smaller windows, while bold botanical prints are a stylish choice for larger ones; painted shutters brighten a neutral room.
Blinds are neat in places where you dont want a lot of fabric getting in the way kitchens, bathrooms and at small or deep-set windows with no space for curtains to draw aside. Roller and Venetian designs are the most tailored, cut to fit inside the recess. Roman and London blinds add a softer line, pulling up in folds to create a ready-formed pelmet across the top. Blinds can also be combined with curtains for a more formal effect or to exclude the light behind thin fabrics such as voile.
The simplest designs are often the most effective a flat panel of old French bed linen or sheer embroidered muslin hung as an alternative to old-fashioned lace or net curtains; a single curtain draped to one side with a tieback rather than sliding completely clear of the window; tabs, ties and clip-on rings provide a variation on gathered headings. If you want fuller curtains, put in an elegant wooden or metal pole, or install a pelmet to cover a basic sliding track. At a small window, try curtains hung on metal portière rods that will swing back against the surround like shutters.
These are the traditional option whether panelled in classic Georgian or simpler Shaker style, or slatted for a Mediterranean effect and allow a degree of light through. Theyre available to fit bay and bow windows, too or, for a tall window, consider two-tier shutters, where upper and lower panels can be folded across independently.
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Brume: decorative window film cut to size
Emily Bond: country fabrics on natural linens featuring dogs, boats and birds
Ian Mankin: cottons, linens and organic textiles in simple plains, stripes and plaids
John Lewis: fabrics, curtain accessories, blinds, shutters
Shutterly Fabulous: custom-made slatted plantation shutters, which can be painted
Vanessa Arbuthnott: charming country-style prints