The windows are like the eyes of a home, letting light in and allowing the occupants to see out into the world. They are also one of the first things you notice about a house or apartment, as one of the primary concerns is always how much natural light there is. In order to take advantage of windows, we arrange all the furniture around them and always have them in mind when considering the interior design. Sometimes, however, we need to cover the windows. Maybe the glare from the sun is getting in our eyes, or maybe we just want a little privacy. Whatever the reason, if you have a window, you have a need for a shade, curtain or other cover. Today, we look at some window treatments from our own Indian experts.
This gorgeous window treatment is part of an impressive compound home in Jodhpur designed by Studio Lotus. The lattice work references the intricate window treatments and screens of traditional architecture, but the pattern of simple rectangles adds a modern element. Lattice work is a good choice because it provides privacy while simultaneously letting in the sun, so that you can have the best of both worlds. As we can see in the photo, another advantage of lattice work is the beautiful patterns it creates in the interior spaces. These panels can also be opened so that the inhabitants can take in the complete view.
A dependable favourite, curtains are always a good option when it comes to selecting a window treatment. The variety of options for colours and materials means that there are endless possible styles, so you are sure to find something that works for any size and style of room. For this living room, interior decorators Design and Beyond have chosen light, white curtains that have just a hint of a colourful pattern in the centre. The half sheer quality of the material lets in an ample amount of light, which provides a good balance for the heavy leather furniture. The white makes the curtains neutral, but the red patterned stripes in the centre add a little extra detail, perfect for matching with the walls and carpet.
Another classic option for covering your windows is to use Roman shades. These blinds are made of fabric and open upward by folding up on themselves. This is a style that lets you combine the elegance of curtains with the convenience of folding blinds. Because they can be so easily pulled up or left down and on view, Roman shades offer a good opportunity to select a fabric colour that will complement the décor of the rest of the room. This rich brown colour, shown in a house by An-V-Thot Architects, matches with the warm wood and neutral walls to create a cosy, welcoming space. As we can see here, this type of shade is also a good choice when you a dealing with a window that has an unusual shape or runs along a corner.
Here is another window treatment option by An-V-Thot Architects. This set up on a sunny terrace is sort of a combination of lattice work and blinds, relying on simple vertical stripes of wood to provide shade and privacy for those taking in the outdoor air and sun. It is a scene that proves that sometimes a straightforward, easy solution can be the best and most elegant.
If you want something more unique for your windows, these beaded curtains by Bangalore-based firm Memories of a Butterfly may be the perfect choice. Stylish and elegant, these glass beads in the shape of leaves will add an element of natural glamour to you space. Their transparent form conducts and magnifies light, scattering sparkles throughout your home. Even when it is shady outside, the colourful design will make your home feel cheery!
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