Fulham-based interior designer Rowena Vaughan of RJV Designs provides her thoughts on trends and styles in fabrics, curtain treatments and blinds.
The use of fabrics and curtain treatments in interior design has, of recent years, fallen somewhat out of favour. People have leant toward the minimalist shutters and roller blinds. But things are beginning to change. Heavier fabrics and intricate designs for window treatments are making a comeback in some rooms. People appreciate that there are some window treatments and fabrics that, used judiciously, can enhance the look of your room and there are some eco friendly bonuses too!
Poles and finials
What is new to the market? Poles and curtain tracks have changed and become technical with solutions for most awkward windows – be they bay windows, tall windows, half windows, attic windows – there are solutions. Byron & Byron (left) have a fantastic range of eye poppingly colourful poles and finials, zingy enough to cheer the unhappiest soul up.
Walcot House (right) continue to innovate with interesting and useful curtain hanging systems, innovative poles and attachments. They have a range of poles and finials that would look good in any modern and not so modern interior in jewel-like colours made of glass and acrylic – with lovely clear poles of different lengths and diameter.
Silent Gliss have a fantastic range of tracks and blind systems. No longer do you have to worry about having a bay window and not being able to draw the curtain round, as there are poles with special rings that slide over the brackets that hold up the bay window pole. Clever! Innovations include electric corded tracks and blinds, or black-out blinds that run in channels along the edge of the window, stopping any light from getting through. The options are endless and as varied as your imagination.
Few people install full-length, lined, interlined and pelmeted curtains – finding them too heavy and cumbersome for current interior design trends. But long sheer curtains hanging off a pole either side of a window, with a working blind, can add colour, sound deadening and softness to a room. The eco payback for curtains used in old houses without double glazed windows is huge: keeping heat in and the cold out during the winter. If you don’t feel up to having a full set of lined and interlined curtains in your windows, there are other ways of using fabrics. Voiles (no not the old fashioned nets of old), beautifully coloured and textured, hung as dress curtains on either side of a window, on a lovely pole, add interest and colour to a room.
Most fabric houses issue between two and three new collections each year. These collections will include a range of fabrics for upholstery, curtains/blinds, accent details and wallpaper. If you follow both interior design and fashion you will often see aspects of the fashion parade in interior design a season or so later. So the hot colours of last year, tangerine orange and purple, are beginning to find their way into the collections of the fabric houses this year.
Read your fashion magazines if you want to know what will be hot in interior colours for next year!
Image: Clarke & Clarke
Thanks to Rowena from RJV Designs for this post. RJV Designs offers design and project management, from the initial concept to the finishing touches. Projects range from a set of curtains to the complete refurbishment of a whole house.
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