The frost has now truly bitten and winter is here to stay in the UK. That means it’s time to wrap up indoors and snuggle on the sofa to keep warm. With many of us seeking refuge in our homes at this time of year, it’s important that they feel warm and welcoming and the décor is on point. We’ve put together some of this season’s hottest interior design trends when it comes to dressing your windows.
Drapes replaced curtains as the trendiest things to have hanging by your windows a while ago, but they are often reserved for summer time with light, floaty pieces of material. However they also work great during winter, especially on wooden flooring with large windows. Opt for thick, lined material to keep out the draughts and earthy, neutral tones or greys to make your home feel worthy of a design catalogue. Don’t forget they have to be extra-long and trailing on the floor to get this look right – they shouldn’t sit nicely.
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If you have a smaller window, perhaps at the side of a room rather than central, using just one curtain instead of two will win top style points. Measure the window and search for one piece of material that just covers the panes on its own and falls down to the floor. Then pull it back to one side with a tie or rope. For a seasonal touch why not choose a red colour to add warmth when the scene outside the window turns white.
Give your room an instant update and stay nice and toasty this winter by investing in thermal blinds. Energy efficient blinds will keep your home insulated and they don’t look any different from the normal blinds you can buy for all styles of windows. They’re a great investment for large rooms which struggle to retain heat or any rooms without radiators.
Window update – double glazing
While it’s fun dressing your windows for winter, there isn’t much point if the windows themselves aren’t fit for purpose. Without energy efficient window panes, even the thickest curtain or blind can stop heat escaping. Make sure your house is ready for winter by updating to double glazing or even triple glazing.