Curtains are one of those important elements in a home that serve both a decorative and functional objective. Just like a picture frame finishes a photo, or our eyebrows frame our face, curtains help to complete, and ultimately frame the windows of a room. The current influx of minimalist and modern homes have negated the need for curtains from their designs, which, is actually a rather unenvironmentally-friendly risk to take. Curtains, before fashion took hold and made them an ornamental element, performed two very important tasks (depending on the season of course!)—to keep the heat in, and to keep it out. Glazing is known for leaking air, and when it is not properly sealed or outdated, is one of the main culprits of energy loss within our homes.
Therefore, privacy, which most people guess is the obvious need for curtains, is actually only a very small scratch at the surface. Curtains can drastically alter the temperature within our homes, and significantly reduce our heating and cooling bills. Given the bedroom is a space we want to escape and relax, creating a livable ambience is of utmost importance.
Therefore, today we are going to explore some wonderful examples of bedroom curtain ideas by our UK experts, which not only result in a perfectly realised space, but also help you, your home and your pocket to reap the long-term financial elements of this truly functional and decorative item.
You've heard the statement before
form ever follows function. It is defining phrase of the modernist era, and became the mantra behind the design of many buildings, furniture pieces and interior design fit outs. The statement expresses the need for a single item to first and foremost, function, and then, take on a form. In this case, if you are trying to achieve a bedroom with a minimalist feel, you need to have a set of curtains, which, before anything else, are a functional piece. White is excellent for climates which aren't susceptible to extreme heat, instead, they disperse the available light into a space without blocking it out. You will find come nightfall, when the curtains are closed, your room will feel significantly warmer had the blinds not been there at all. As they say, the proof is in the pudding!
If you, like many, have a penchant for fine silks and taffeta fabrics, it is only fitting you would want to radiate this desire into all decorative elements of your bedroom. Both the throw cushions and quilt cover are a wonderful brushed gold and rose-gold ensemble. Of course, a luxurious and glamorous bedroom would absolutely not be complete without a set of equally as impressive curtains, and so, as you can see, the designers behind this project have added a beautiful set of floor-to-ceiling curtains with a swirl of bronze through a mocha coloured fabric. The pattern both complements and highlights the bed, creating both unity and balance within this blissful private oasis.
A large window, as expressed earlier, can be the culprit of heat loss from a room. In this case, we have a beautiful set of antique windows, which, as gorgeous as they are, due to their age, are unlikely to be double glazed or sealed to modern standards. The designers behind this set have added two beautiful and functional curtains to this window arrangement. The occupants have the option of pulling down blinds to showcase a wonderful culmination of metallics and florals or to pulling across a curtain of muted pastel green. If you really wanted to ensure you kept every inch of heat in the room during winter, you would definitely capitalise on the fact you have two sets of blinds to repel the cold air, and keep the warmth inside. Aside from this, we love how the designers have complemented and linked the two elements so perfectly together.
The beauty of curtains and blinds is that what you see when they are rolled up and what you see when they are down are two completely different things. In fact, you have the potential to change the look and feel of a room with such a simple gesture. In this beige-toned room, the blinds help to add a completely different dimension and depth to the space. A heavily muted palette has been given a bold accent by the simple addition of blinds with a texture and pattern.
If patterns are not your cup of tea, and you don't one-hundred percent love the idea of curtains, you can opt for an accordion style pull across blind which is both inconspicuous and subtle. As you can see in this example, both the colour and style complement the larger elements of furniture in the space. A large window can sometimes make a space feel too open, and often this is not a desirable element in a bedroom, given that privacy is a relatively important factor. Here, the love seat which lines the base of the window is the perfect spot to read a book or magazine in the daylight, and can very easily be shut off from view at night to enclose the space. This is just one of the great tricks that curtains can play—you essentially have a room with two totally different auras by simply drawing a set of curtains.
For warm climates, interior designers and architects who specialise in environmentally conscious design recommend the use of dark colours and block-out linings to combat the heat. Ensuring the entire length and width of the window is covered, as pictured, ensures that your bedroom will always remain a comfortable temperature in both the evening and daytime. Dark-coloured blinds and curtains are not recommended for smaller spaces and are generally only advisable for use in larger spaces that have access to natural light. You cannot deny, these charcoal coloured blinds are a wonderful framing element and finishing touch to a bold and modern space.