How to Dress a Window Effectively

26 March 2024

A Guide to Enhancing Your Home’s Style

Windows are an essential part of any home, providing natural light, ventilation, and a connection to the outside world. However, windows can also be an opportunity to enhance the style and aesthetic of your home through window dressing. Whether you’re looking to add privacy, control the amount of light entering your home, or enhance the overall look of your windows, dressing them up can make a big difference. In this article, we will explore different window dressing options.


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Why Window Dressing Matters

Window dressing is the term used to describe the process of decorating or enhancing the appearance of windows. It is an important aspect of interior design that can transform the look and feel of a room. Window dressing serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. It can provide privacy, control the amount of natural light entering a room, and add a decorative element to the overall aesthetic and design of the room and the exterior of the property.

Types of Window Dressing

There are various types of window dressing options available, each with its unique benefits and style. Some popular choices for window dressing are:

Curtains and Drapes

Curtains and drapes are versatile window dressing options that come in a wide range of fabrics, colours, and patterns. They can be used to add a touch of elegance, create a cosy atmosphere, or make a bold statement. Curtains and drapes can be paired with blinds or shades for added functionality. Curtains or drapes also offer a level of privacy for your home, making them a popular choice. They can be fitted directly to the window size or can hang lower for improved light blocking.


Blinds are a practical and stylish window dressing option. They come in different materials, such as wood, aluminium, or fabric, and offer varying levels of light control and privacy. They can also be tailored to your home, with a range of colours or woodgrain effects available, so you can match the blinds to the room function and look with ease. Blinds can be adjusted to allow natural light in or block it out completely. Blinds can be fitted to most window types, and allow for a more minimalistic look.


Shades are another popular choice for window dressing. They are available in a variety of styles, including roller shades, Roman shades, and cellular shades. Shades offer a clean and streamlined look and provide excellent light control and privacy.


Shutters are a classic and timeless window dressing option. They can be customised to fit any window size or shape and come in different materials, such as wood or vinyl. Shutters provide excellent light control and privacy.

Valances and Cornices

If you are looking for a more traditional look or have grand windows in a heritage property that you would like to reflect the time period in which the house was built, valances and cornices are decorative window options that add a finishing touch to your windows. They can be made from fabric, wood, or other materials and are often used in combination with curtains or blinds.

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6 Tips for Dressing a Window

Now that we’ve explored different window dressing options, let’s discuss some tips for effectively dressing a window.

Consider the Function

Before choosing a window dressing, consider the function of the room and the specific needs of the window. For example, in a bedroom, you may want to prioritise privacy and light control, while in a living room, you may want to maximise natural light and enhance the view. It is also essential to consider the material used for your window dressing, as if you are looking to dress your bathroom window, you may need to opt for wipeable surfaces such as plastic or wood, as roller blinds may collect dust or become mouldy in rooms with condensation.

Coordinate with the Room’s Style

Choose window dressings that complement the overall style and decor of the room. Consider the colour scheme, furniture, and other elements in the space. For a cohesive look, select window dressings that blend seamlessly with the room’s aesthetic. It may also be worthwhile considering the look you intend to create within your home; for example, if you are dressing a window in a heritage or period property, you may be more likely to choose window dressings that match the era rather than modern blinds.

Measure Accurately

Proper measurements are crucial when it comes to window dressing. Measure the width and height of the window accurately to ensure a perfect fit. If you need more clarification, consult a professional for assistance.

Layer for Versatility

Layering different types of window dressings can add depth and versatility to your windows. For example, you can combine curtains with blinds or shades to achieve both style and functionality. Layering also allows for more control over light and privacy and can also aid in keeping your rooms warmer for longer.

Pay Attention to Details

Don’t overlook the small details when dressing your windows. Consider adding decorative hardware, such as curtain rods or tiebacks, to enhance the overall look. Choose high-quality fabrics and materials that will withstand daily use and maintain their appearance over time. With your windows being a primary source of natural light within the room, you may also need to consider the colours of the blinds or curtains you install to dress your windows, as some colours may be more likely to fade in direct sunlight, meaning you need to replace them more often.

Maintain and Clean Regularly

To keep your window dressings looking their best, it’s important to maintain and clean them regularly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care, and address any stains or damage promptly. Most blinds will need an occasional wipeover to remove dust and debris, especially if the window has been open, whereas curtains or drapes will need to be laundered yearly to keep them looking their best.

Dressing your windows is an essential aspect of interior design that can enhance the style and functionality of your home. Whether you choose curtains, blinds, shades, shutters, or a combination of these options, dressing your windows can transform the look and feel of your home. Consider the function of the room, coordinate with the overall style, measure accurately, layer for versatility, pay attention to details, and maintain and clean regularly for optimal results. With the proper window dressing, you can create a beautiful and inviting space that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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Window Options at ecoHaus

Before you dress your windows, you need to ensure that the windows you will be dressing are functional and performing well. If you are looking to upgrade the windows in your home, we have a wide range of windows for you to choose from. We offer Rationel Timber Windows, both Auraplus and Formaplus; Internorm Timber-Aluminium windows, including the HF310, HF410 and HV450 ranges; Aluminium windows from Visiline, Velfac Timber Composite windows and Internorm uPVC-aluminium windows, including the KF and KV ranges. Contact our team for more information on the window options we have available for your home, and a quote for your window projects.

Get in touch with the ecoHaus team if you are looking to upgrade the windows in your home. We have a wide range of window options for homeowners from reputable suppliers such as Internorm, Velfac, Rationel, and Visiline. Our team is on hand to assist with all of your window needs, or you can start an online quote with us for a hassle-free bespoke quote.

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