Dressing up your Windows

By : Desiree Ong
23 June 2015

Windows are one of the focal points in the home as they let in natural light, draw attention to the external view, and frame a living room. Whether you choose to dress up the windows with velvety curtain drapes, practical blinds or quirky decals, select something that suits and complements your decor theme. Want to know more about the different types of window dressing and each of its pros and cons? Read on to find out!


1. Curtains

Curtains are probably the most common type of “window-dressing” in homes. As they come in a variety of fabric, colours and designs, you can be sure to find one that matches your decor, needs and budget.


Heavier fabrics or dark colours block out sunlight more effectively, while day curtains made from sheer material allow some sunlight in, while offering some degree of privacy. For a tidier look when the curtains are not in use, you can use tie-backs fashioned from the same cloth, or something fancier like a ribbon or rope with tassels.

• Comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, and fabrics
• Relatively cheap and easy to replace
• Some fabrics can be machine-washed

• May be prone to fading
• Cannot be easily cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth


2. Blinds

Blinds can be distinguished by vertical or horizontal slats which can be opened or closed by pulling a cord. By changing the angle of the slats, you can control the amount of light entering a room, and maintain privacy for the home.


Different materials such as metal, plastic, wood and even faux wood are available, so there should be one that will match your room decor. You can even customise wooden blinds to get the exact shade to match the room. Bamboo blinds treated for outdoor use like the one shown below, are a popular choice for balconies.


• Can control amount of light coming in while ensuring privacy
• Relatively easy to maintain and clean
• Takes up less space than curtains

• Difficult to replace


3. Shades

Some people use the terms blinds and shades interchangeably. However, shades is the correct term to describe a window treatment which covers the entire window, and is made from a continuous piece of material. Shades can be adjusted to control the amount of sunlight coming in. The picture above shows a combination of shades, for example, Roman shades (outer layer) and roller shades (inner layer).


You can obtain ready-made shades in varying levels of opacity and designs, or customised in a fabric to match room furnishings.

• Can be custom-made to match decor
• Relatively easy to maintain and clean
• Gives the room a neater appearance

• Can only be pulled up or down
• Difficult to replace


4. Window Films

Some home owners put up solar window films in addition to their curtains, blinds or shades. These films can be clear, translucent or patterned, and have heat- or ultra-violet rays reducing properties.

• May help to lower the room temperature
• Clear films will not obstruct view outside
• Relatively easy to maintain and clean

• Cannot vary the amount of light coming in


I hope the information has been helpful in choosing the right type of window-dressing for your home! If you have other ideas on how to decorate your windows, do share them with us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.


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