In my apartment I have several smaller windows that don’t warrant curtains but still need something to soften them, so I’ve been searching on Web Blinds to find some affordable solutions using window blinds (Mr. Bazaar is a renter on a budget!). When I own a home I’d love to install window shutters but for now I’m happy to stick with roman blinds as they are a great way to introduce colour and pattern to a room. For now I’m looking for a style that will go with my new sofa.

The first look, Swedish Check, is inspired by my travels to Sweden last week. Having seen many walls clad in wood I’m now craving the opportunity to bring this look into my own home! I noticed how the owners had often chosen colourful checked fabrics and introduced them as window treatments as a way of bringing colour and warmth to the cool whitewashed base. The second approach, English Country, calls upon the ever popular polka dot pattern to create a comforting and traditional look. There’s a simplicity to this look that appeals to me but I think I could live with the check pattern in the first space for longer as it’s more visually interesting. Classic Nautical is the final look and I picked this because I thought it was refreshing to see how a nautical theme could be introduced somewhere other than a bathroom. The simple blue and white stripe roman blind lends a sense of timeless style to the scheme, after all, I can’t see this style ever falling out of favour, especially as blue and white work so well together! I like how the stripe pattern has been echoed across the other textiles in the space, using stripes of varying widths and colours to keep the scheme interesting. Which of these three roller blind looks do you like best?

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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. funny somehow the shutter idea never really hit home for me. Lots of people in Canada love them and they are quite expensive to install. In fact I think it’s often being promoted as a selling feature when a house goes on sale.

    I just find the look not soft enough… or perhaps I am just looking for another excuse to use fabrics as window treatment .

    I think you know which of the three romans I will pick 🙂 The nautical one is just so chic and I agree with you it is totally timeless classic. That window bench looks so good that I may even start reading books again!

  2. Leslie-Anne Reply

    English Country is my favourite. I love red and white polka dots!

  3. Hi Will, I always loved a roman blind when I lived in London. Here our windows are HUGE – so we have curtains – or nothing – wakes us up early in the summer 🙂 I am hugely into polkadots – so the spotty one gets my vote. Take care and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

    • @Anya – Plus you have such beautifully soft light in Scandinavia! If I lived there I would be letting as much of it in as possible, too! 😉 Big hugs x

  4. Hi Will, thank you for sharing these bright ideas! As always, I enjoy what you share! I am loving that blue and white nautical number.! Enjoy your day! 🙂 Jocelyn

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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.