Choosing between Romans, Venetians and rollers, a new blind can be made in a vast array of patterns and plains, making the options virtually limitless. Blinds have the ability to transform your living room windows, offering you the very best in privacy while letting in as much light as possible.
What’s going on at your living room windows can make or break a scheme – all too often we play it safe and replace like with like, without assessing if it’s even the best solution. Choosing the same style without even looking into the wealth of window treatment ideas available might mean you’re missing out on the best solution for your space.
Living room blind ideas
Finding your way through the options can be overwhelming. So as well as our in-house tips, we also asked an interiors stylist, a blinds expert and an interior designer for their take on the variety of living room blinds available.
1. Add plenty of pattern
Roman and roller blinds are an excellent way to add pattern to your scheme. Leah Aspinall, Head of Creative at Blinds 2go agrees. ‘They are such a great way to express your personality in your home. You can express your sense of style, by playing with texture, pattern and colour.’
Keen to add a certain pattern to your space but feel it won’t work with your existing scheme? It doesn’t necessarily need to colour match. Go bespoke and get the fabric made up into Roman blinds. Request a band of plain fabric around the edges of the blinds that picks up a dominant shade that features elsewhere in the room to tie the two together.
Roman blinds are also a great solution if you’re looking for some practical bay window ideas. Instead of fussing around with huge living room curtains and special bay window poles, just measure up and get three matching Roman blinds made for the space instead.
2. Try bespoke for awkwardly shaped windows
It’s a pricey option, but if you have unusually shaped windows, the very best way you can dress them if by getting made-to-measure blinds. Whether open or closed, they’ll look neat and tidy, and won’t obscure the light unless you want them to.
If your windows are a feature of the space – whether peaked, arched or architecturally unusual – investing in bespoke blinds is even more essential to allow the glazing shape to shine.
3. Make your windows the focus
Want to introduce some bold pattern on your blinds? Why not push the look further by painting your window frames in a dark shade to make the bold print stand out even more? This works really well in a scheme that lacks pattern elsewhere, allowing the windows to become the focus of the space.
If your living room is a little on the cramped side, interior Stylist Marie Nichols says to avoid small-scale prints. ‘Avoid tiny designs as they will be too busy and can look chaotic,’ she says. Leah adds, ‘It depends on how much of a statement you want to make. Softer hues combined with subtle designs help create a light and airy space.’
4. Layer up light fabrics
‘I’m a big fan of layering,’ admits stylist Marie Nichols. ‘Why have one window dressing when you can have two? Not only does it make a big style statement, but they can be super-practical too. Choose a blind for practicality – whether sheer or blackout – and dress with voiles or curtains.’
Here, a Roman blind made from a vertical ticking stripe adds even more height to the tall window. An extra layer in the form of one of the most straightforward of voile curtain ideas – simple sheer drapes – add an extra layer of privacy, ideal if your room faces into a busy walkway or street.
5. Choose co-ordinating colours and fabrics
Whether you’re looking for a way for your window to blend into the rest of the space or searching for window seat ideas to help create a subtle, calming reading nook, co-ords are key.
Pick a harmonious palette of colours for your scheme – those found next to each other on a colour wheel – and combine them with plenty of natural hues to anchor the shades. This includes the choice of living room blind you go for. Keep it simple by picking out and repeating a single shade on a unfussy Roman or roller.