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Shutterstock/VICTOR TORRES Matchstick blinds can be a beautiful way to filter daylight
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Blinding brilliance: 6 alternatives to heavy curtains for a fresh window look

From moveable curtain panels, to elegant shutters.

HEAVY CURTAINS ARE an undoubtedly elegant way of dressing a window. However, they give quite a traditional look and feel that may not suit everyone’s taste or décor. So what are some alternatives worth considering?

1. Roman blinds

Roman blinds are a classic look and, being less bulky than curtains, enable you to use luxurious fabrics for a fraction of the cost. You can opt for thermal lining to add insulation, making them an energy efficient option too. Home Focus at Hickeys nationwide can either supply what you need to make your own, or you can order custom-made blinds instore. You can find instructions for DIYing your own here.

2. Curtain panels

For a more modern, minimalist look, consider curtain panels. These work especially well on patio doors. Instead of being pleated like curtains, flat panels of fabric hang from a sliding mechanism so that the panels can be moved in front of one another when open. The Vidga system from Ikea is a perfect way to achieve this look.

3. Shutters

Shutters are one of the most lavish window treatments available. You can choose from either solid panels or Plantation Shutters, which have louvres that can be adjusted to modify the light levels in the room. They can be painted a range of colours, and customised to fit awkward-shaped windows. New Hampshire Interiors in Monkstown, Dublin, and Roomers Interiors in Galway are stockists.

4. Window film

A great budget option is window film. These adhere directly to the glass either with static or selfadhesive. These films are surprisingly robust and, carefully applied, will happily cling to the glass and look good for years. Available in a range of translucent or opaque options, they can be cut to size to obscure just a part of the window, if desired. A selection of films is available at The Range, or try your local hardware store.

5. Matchstick blinds

Roll-up matchstick blinds have a very relaxed, natural feel. They are an ideal way to add texture and warmth to any décor scheme, but they work particularly well with neutrals. When closed, they filter the light beautifully. They are available in a range of widths from B&Q stores nationwide.

6. Café curtains

Café curtains are a pretty way to dress windows which may need privacy throughout the day, but which also require some light to flood into the room. As they are fitted into the window reveal, they can even be used in conjunction with conventional curtains. Use curtain ring clips or simply slide a hemmed fabric of your choice onto a tension rod, which you can find at Woodies stores nationwide.

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