Windows are an ideal place to bring a colourful statement into a scheme because they provide a ‘readymade’ zone in which to add in colour, pattern and texture. These three rooms show how three different types of window treatments – blinds, shutters and curtains – can each become the anchor point for a whole scheme. The first room looks at ‘brilliant blinds’ and shows how a pretty and detailed fabric can confidently be the key focal element of a scheme. By choosing a pattern with lots of detail and different shades, it gives the opportunity to reference this main statement across other parts of the scheme, such as the rug, sofa and throw cushions. The result is a cohesive and coordinated final look. The second space, ‘statement shutters’, is a fine example of how picking one accent hue and introducing it to an all-white space can create a colourful look that still feels sophisticated and fresh. Note how no pattern has been introduced to the room: it’s this lack of pattern that makes the introduction of a single hue, in a single shade, so impactful. I love the European feel that shutters bring, especially in this beautiful Greek blue colourway. Finally, ‘colourful curtains’ shows how introducing curtains as a window treatment can soften a harder scheme, bringing warmth to a cooler colour palette like white and blue. If shutters had been used in this final scheme, there wouldn’t be any softer elements in the scheme to balance the furniture, slab flooring and white walls; this is why curtains work perfectly in the space. Which of the three ways is your favourite, folks?
// 1. House To Home; Photograph by Simon Whitmore | 2. Styled by Pippa Jameson | 3. Homes & Gardens


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. what a fun lesson! I love all three and do think that although full length curtains can probably be used in room 1 and 2 to frame the windows, the final choices for the rooms are probably the best candidates for the job. Love the clean line, edgy feel from the shutters and how brilliant to have them painted this eye popping vibrant blue.

    love the way the roman blinds is use in room 1. A great way to repeat the jumping off point fabric for a statement window treatment!

  2. I love the last one and the first one. The shutters are nice, but I see them only really working in a beach house.

  3. definitely the shutters — they're amazing! i really wanted shutters in my flat but i just didn't have the space… next time 🙂 xx

  4. I have to say the second image is the most appealing to my life style I love the tones and the clean look with the ability to control the light is a win win for me..thank you for sharing a great post…

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.