How To Dress Your Windows In Style


You have chosen your new Southern Star Aluminium or Canterbury Timber windows, but now what? How do you dress those windows to suit your home style and what is on offer?

We have listed some of the most popular options below – happy styling!

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are good option where curtains and fabrics might not fare so well – so think light filled rooms. Their lines give them a clean look, and look great in both modern and older properties. They don’t block out much light, more filter it, so probably not best for bedrooms – but great for living spaces. There are many different materials to choose from when selecting your plantation shutters - timber is often a popular choice but there are many new materials for shutters on the market so it pays to do your research!

NOTE: If you do want shutters rather than fabric alternatives, there are heavy duty shutters available that can provide protection from the heat and the light.


There is are so many fabrics to choose from when it comes to selecting curtains. Depending on what they are being used for this may be sheer for privacy but not blocking light, or two-fabric combinations for blocking sound and for insulation. The fabric choice can really change a room so think about the pattern and weight before selecting.

There is also the method of hanging to consider. Do you want a curtain rod with tab top curtains, or are you going for a sleek look and want no rod/track showing?

NOTE: There are plenty of embellishments for curtains such as tie-backs, pelmets or curtain rod ends.

Roman Blinds

This type of blind hangs straight, but concertinas up when the cord is pulled. You can pick different fabrics depending on how you want the blind to feel – the softer the fabric the more relaxed the feel. The top section remains in place so that acts as a kind of pelmet. It is best to fit these blinds above the architrave, well above the top of the window as this is more effective at blocking light.

NOTE: All the window coverings don’t have to match! You can happily use curtains and blinds in the same room complementing each other rather than conflicting with each other. This can help define the space and areas.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are hugely popular as they are in-expensive and create a clean look. They often come in blackout materials helping with light and heat control. There are many options such as UV filtered materials and anti-fungal features. Roller blinds are often used with curtains to create styling and provide great protection. They can be hung front roll – or back roll. Back roll sits closer to the window and therefore give better light control. They can only be installed this way if both sides of the blind are the same. You now also have options to fit motorised roller blinds.

There are many options for roller blinds, so why not combine two? A UV roller blind to keep heat out and light in, then a more aesthetically pleasing interior blind.

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