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Dressing Up Your Windows with Next Signature Pure Silk Pleated

   

     Next Signature Pure Silk Pleated and lined drapes

   

Dressing up your windows 

      

The style choices available in blinds, ready-made and made to measure curtains are confusingly wide, and the hint is to start from the basics. Take a look at the shape of your windows, think about the effect that you want to achieve, what the room looks like as a whole and how to link in with existing or new decor, and what you want your windows to look like from the outside. (Something that is often forgotten). 

  

Stylists and interior decorators are going overboard this year on glamour - and for your window dressing, that means generous swathes of material, with swags and extravagant tie-backs. The height of opulence in curtains are Laura Ashley and Next who's Signature Pure Silk Pleated and lined drapes are pictured above, retailing at between £140 and £225.  Consider adding lengths of silk in cerise or bright yellow, tied in loose bows, to create a more informal look. Crystals are also popular this year - sewn into borders, or hanging from curtain rails to reflect light. Dramatic window dressings are particularly effective in brightening up a rather plain room or bringing warmth to a cold or North-facing outlook. You can add a rug or throws to complement the colour of your curtains. 

   

Materials this season again reflect the theme of glamour, with silks and velvets the most popular. The neutral colours of last year are being replaced by deep plums, crimsons and aubergines, with turquoise and duck-egg blue a lighter choice. Using a lining which is not purely neutral but makes a colour statement to complement or contrast with the room-facing material is also becoming popular.

  

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In contrast to the richness of materials, window shutters remain the window dressing of choice for many, particularly for the period house, but there is a trend towards creating a softer look by combining them with fixed draped curtains. 

   
Once you have chosen your material and colour scheme, the next step is plan how you will make up and hang your curtains. Eyelet curtains will give a very different look to pleated, and require less material. A wide heading pleat will help curtains hang perfectly, and fall in regular waves. And whereas a few years ago the smooth-running plastic rail was considered the height of modernity, The fashion in 2012 was for the chrome or wrought-iron curtain pole, chosen to be a visible and attractive element of your window dressing. The window fashion for 2013 is set to be a continuation of the wrought-iron pole with luxury lined curtains with additional wadding and a re-emergence of flounce and silk drapes.

   

   

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