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As autumn approaches and the darker evenings set in, you might be considering ways of cosying up your home. Perhaps you’ve got some new flickering autumnal candles to try or you’ve plumped up some plush cushions that you can sink into with a cuppa. But how about your window dressings? Curtains play a huge role in keeping your house warm and energy-efficient - plus, we all know they can be a style statement, too!
Here we break down five different curtain styles from industry-leading window dressing experts Hillarys, who offer a huge range of curtain designs to suit every style and purpose, to help you find the ideal window dressing for you and your home.
Better yet, when purchasing through Hillarys, expert measuring and fitting are included from their experienced team of local advisors. They’ll measure your windows and discuss all your requirements, helping you decide which product fits the bill, so you can be safe knowing you’ve made the best choice.
Velvet is up there with some of the cosiest fabrics, making it a great choice for autumnal curtains. By using velvet curtains you can create an inviting look that’s as stylish as it is practical and warm. The thick, heavy nature of this luxurious material makes it a great choice for insulation. Plus, velvet blocks out light entirely, making it a particularly good choice for a bedroom, especially if you’re a light sleeper!
Looking for the best curtains to keep heat in? For extra insulation during the colder months, it’s worth investing in specially-designed thermal curtains which are made to block out any draughts and seal in heat.
Not only do thermal curtains come in a range of stylish fabrics and patterns, but they’ll save you money on your energy bills too! If you’re after double the cosiness, you could even pair opt for thermal curtains in a velvet fabric.
For a luxe look that would suit both period homes and modern builds, take a look at pencil pleat curtains. This curtain style is highly versatile and looks particularly striking against taller windows. You could pair these curtains with a roller blind or Roman blind, or even with wooden blinds for a multi-textured look.
Neat and tidy, wave curtains are ideal for those who don’t have much space next to their windows. Due to the pared-back, contemporary design, wave curtains work best in kitchen diners and open plan rooms, especially alongside French doors. This is a great choice if you want a timeless, no-fuss curtain style to add a layer of warmth to your kitchen or living room windows.
For wider windows and patio doors that need softening and a touch of warmth for the cooler months, a sheer voile curtain may be best. This will let sufficient light through but still provide a fine barrier on chillier days - great for home offices and living rooms. For sufficient insulation though, you’ll want to pair your voile curtains with a practical thermal blind.
Find your perfect blinds, curtains, shutters and more at Hillarys
Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.