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Quick tips: Curtains can hide flaws

Curtains are a great way to hide flaws in your home and can bring symmetry to most rooms. These are some really simple tips and tricks interior designers and staging consultants use to make a room look far better just by using curtains.

    • If a room consists of several windows at differing sizes, first take the measurements and dress the largest window. Then hang all the other curtains in the room at the same height making sure that all the hems are also at the same height off the floor.
    • If you want to create the illusion of wider windows extend the curtains poles and width beyond the window frame.
    • Alternatively, if you want to make the window look shorter, use a longer pelmet when dressing the window.



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The Ultimate Window Dressing Conundrum: Curtains VS Blind

When it comes to decorating a new room or even if you simply want a change for your windows, you will inevitably come to the question: curtains or blinds?

Curtains can soften the frames of a window, and bring a homely touch to larger, brighter rooms.  Depending on the colour and fabric you choose, curtains can be used for a cosy living room or a more wistful look.  Heavy, black-out lined curtains are ideal for keeping the warm in and the cold out in winter...

…or you can create a soft, romantic look with curtains that drape and hang lightly.

A great benefit of blinds is that when pulled up they will allow more natural light to flood into your room, where draped back curtains could block some out.  This is particularly useful in smaller darker living rooms where every bit of light is crucial...

...Blinds would allow you to illuminate more of the room, and give an airy feel.

If you’re still undecided then who says you have to choose?  You can have the best of both worlds by combining curtains and blinds together.

Choosing co-ordinating fabrics can add depth to your window dressing, and with the many colour, pattern and texture combinations available, you can create all kinds of looks.  You could really go to town with bold colours and contrasting luxury fabrics for a display that would make a real feature of your windows.

Alternatively, you could tone things down with matching shades and designs, for subtle depth.

Click here to see the curtain fabric range that Plumbs have to offer, or view a selection of our blinds fabrics here.


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New Spring Curtain launch for 2015

Plumbs are launching 22 brand new curtain and blind fabrics for Spring 2015.  These new designs will join our already vast range of over 800 fabrics, and will be available in a huge range of styles including; stripes, florals, checks, and plains to suit both contemporary and traditional tastes.


Our Ashbourne – Teal curtains feature a modern small foliage design on a neutral base, which is perfect for the Spring/Summer months.  We’ve co-ordinated this design with our beautifully textured Mezzo blind.


Talisker - Azure is a beautiful check. This fabric can be made into both curtains and blinds and in a choice of 7 different colourways, including softer hues such as ‘Natural and ‘Duck Egg’.


Our Maypole curtain in Rouge colourway features a simple yet elegant trellis design that would work well in modern or traditional interiors.  We’ve added a statement blind (Plush – Fuchsia) to really bring out the Rouge detail in the curtains.


Our bold Lottie curtains in Teal colourway really add some wow factor to this window dressing.  This fabric features a slightly textured floral design on a plain coloured base.  Our brand new voile fabric - Anais in Marble helps soften the Teal and add extra privacy to the window.


This is just a snippet of the possible 125 options available in our Spring fabric launch.  To see more simply request a visit from your local home consultant, who can show you large fabric samples in the comfort of your own home.


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Five Stunning Curtain Effects

Surprisingly there are so many different looks that can be created with curtains, so I’ve put together a list of my five favourite styles and how they can be achieved in your home!

Contrasted Edging

Using contrasting curtains together, or choosing to have a leading edge can add extra interest and definition to curtains.  You can have great fun mixing and matching curtain fabrics until you get a look that it right for you.  Try pairing plains with florals or patterns for an instant wow!


Curtains and blind combinations are becoming more and more popular as a way of adding depth to your windows.  Ensure you choose matching or co-ordinating fabrics and you can even co-ordinate with your furniture for a fully cohesive look.

Dramatic Impact

If you have bay windows, a great way to add drama is to opt for multiple curtains.  The intermittent strips of colour will draw the eye and make a real feature of your window space.  You can use the same fabric or break it up with two co-ordinating fabric designs.

Romantic Drape

Elaborate drapes and floor skimming curtains create an opulent, romantic look.  Lighter fabrics are perfect for this style as they flow and hang easily.  Florals are an ideal choice for romantic looks, or if your prefer plain, choose fabrics with a slight shimmer or sheen.

Casual Chic

For an easy, down to earth look, eyelet curtains are a good choice with their natural, straight hanging style.  You could also consider the length of your curtains, as shorter curtains that end a couple of inches below the window sill can give a more casual, relaxed feel.


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