Which types of window dressing suit your house?

a brown brick new build house

Have you ever wondered which types of window dressing would best suit your house? Read on to find out.

Interiors expert Gareth Coxall from Terrys has revealed his top tips for picking the right types of window dressing for your house. Depending on when your house was built, Gareth offers expert advice as to which window covering to choose.

The UK has a rich architectural history, and there are many different house build styles on the market. Each have their own unique window shapes and sizes – so how do you dress each style to get the best look? Well, whether you’ve just moved house or simply fancy a change, read on to discover your windows’ ideal dressing.

Type of window dressing: New builds

If you’re living in a new build, chances are you have uniform square windows and a contemporary home such as this offers a brilliant blank canvas to work with.

a brown new build house with a red car outside
Types of window dressing: firstly, a new build house, with uniform square windows.

For square windows, Roman Blinds can add a touch of warmth and personality. Available in a huge variety of styles and colours, there’s sure to be something to suit your décor choice. They can even come ready made – which, if your windows are standard sizes, can be the most affordable and quickest option to gain some privacy.

a purple floral Roman blind window dressing
Types of window dressing: A Roman blind from Terrys.

Victorian houses

If your house is Victorian, you’ll most likely have some breathtaking windows to dress! Built in an era without electrical lighting, these windows are often tall and rectangular to let in plenty of natural light.

an old red brick Victorian house with a blue door
Types of window dressing: secondly, a house from the Victorian era.

Victorian windows are usually single pane if they haven’t been modified since they were built. This means, although beautiful, they tend to get a little drafty. Therefore, the best option would likely be some grand looking, thick and warm curtains to dress your Victorian windows. If you get extra cold in the winter, you could even look to add a blind, for additional insulation.

yellow floral curtains as a window dressing in front of a neutral-coloured sofa in a living room
Types of window dressing: Laura Ashley Picardie Ochre Curtains, Blinds 2go.

Georgian houses

Distinctive again is the Georgian style house, which unlike the contrasting sizes and stylistic choices of the Victorian home, is much more uniform and precise. The windows, too, are often similar sizes and lined up symmetrically. Still built at a time without electricity, the windows are big, and require something bold to suit their aesthetic. Roman blinds are a great option for Georgian windows as they will aesthetically fit the uniform windows, whilst also complimenting and enhancing their beauty.

a Georgian house with steps leading up to a grand door with pillars
Types of window dressing: thirdly, a Georgian house featuring sash windows with Georgian bars.

Shutters can also look stunning in Georgian and Victorian houses.

“Dressing the windows with shutters is the perfect way to decorate them. Not only will shutters provide a heritage cosy aesthetic to the room, but they will also help to insulate the home ahead of the cooler months. The correct size shutter can prevent over half of all heat lost through windows, keeping cold draughts under control even in older houses. Incorporating any style of shutter in a space will help with warmth. But solid wood panel shutters especially are the most effective as they aren’t louvered.”

Sally Denyer, Digital Marketing Manager, Shutterly Fabulous

navy solid wood shutters as a window dressing
Types of window dressing: Solid wood shutters from Shutterly Fabulous.

Type of window dressing: 1930s houses

The 1930s semi-detached house is one of the most common houses on the UK market. It was built during an economic boom between the two World Wars. Most 1930s houses have distinct panelled windows, which come together to form a curve.

a row of 1930s houses in different pastel colours
Types of window dressing: 1930s housing, which suits Venetian blinds.

This beautiful window style deserves to be dressed to impress, and we suggest a set of three Venetian blinds as a great option. These window treatments can be made to measure to fit the window’s unique individual panes, allowing ultimate control over light and heat in the home.

an orange window dressing in a neutral living room
Types of window dressing: Venetian blinds from Terrys.

1940s houses

After the Second World War, the government needed to rebuild many houses, and quickly. So they built houses such as the Airey house, which used affordable materials and which they could factory-make, then construct on site. These houses have small, non-decorative windows, built for purpose rather than fashion. If you live in this home style, you’ll most likely want to get as much light in as possible.

two 1940s semi-detached houses behind thick green hedges
Types of window dressing: A 1940s house. Photography: Jonathan Thacker.

For this, your best option is a stylish roman blind. It’s an extremely versatile window treatment which comes in a great variety of styles to match your décor. Alternatively, if curtains are more your thing, voiles would work perfectly for added privacy while still letting in daylight.

white Malmo Voile curtains in front of bifold doors in a living room with plants in
Types of window dressing: Malmo Voile curtains from Make My Blinds.

So, now you know which type of window dressing suits your home. But if you’re confused as to which types of window covering are available, read this next.

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