If you read lots of interior design magazines, are always hunting through Pinterest or in fact, read lots of blogs like this one, they always give advice on how to dress your windows. Ideas on what kinds of curtains or blinds will look best with your décor or what pattern and print is on trend is top of their suggestions, but I want to give you something else to think about. How about leaving your window bare and naked?
I’m sure some of you are dismissing this idea out of hand, shrieking and hollering. Who on earth do I think I am by suggesting you take down the curtains and ditch the blinds. Well hang fire for a second and hear me out.
There are times when this can work. I appreciate that if your bedroom window faces out onto next door’s, you don’t want to go all bare and naked (quite literally), but in the right situation, there’s a lot to be said for a fabric free window.
An Interesting View:
For the last few days I’ve been hunting websites looking for my next holiday cottage. As a city dweller, we love to hide away in the countryside for a week, surrounded by nothing but trees, fields, cows and sheep, choosing tranquility over hustle and bustle. I’ve noticed that several of the properties I was keen on have a few bare and naked windows. This really isn’t unusual. In fact, in a holiday property like this when you have a majestic sea view, who wants to cover it up with a roman blind? This Devon holiday property above from Marsdens really caught my eye.
So, if you want to make the most of the view, whether it’s coastal, country or otherwise then do leave your window free from dressings.
Whether it’s an original stained glassed version, a ship’s port-hole or just basic uPVC windows, sometimes the window itself does all the talking. White framed windows next to white walls and minimal decor don’t warrant the fuss of a blind or curtain, and certainly it can be a crime to cover something more ornate. If you have a certain decor style, or a window that’s a feature in its own right, the time is right to leave it bare and naked. Let the window itself become a focal point in the room. You might have to consider the view (in and out) and the draught, but generally speaking, if it’s well insulated you won’t need any further fabric to keep you warm.
Add some Frosting:
If you’re concerned about privacy, and most of us would be in this situation above, there’s a solution. Add some window frosting. It’s really easy to do yourself (I’ve done it in my own home many times) and with companies like Purlfrost you can add to the glass without distracting from the window itself. It lets the light in but prevents the inward view.
Would you consider leaving your windows bare and naked?