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Not just for privacy or warmth, but the various trends for window covering options show its just as important to be a well considered interiors feature as any other parts of a room. Different coverings can create an entirely different effect and feel to a room; whether it be warm and cosy, airy and minimal, glamorous and chic, or traditional and homely.

Recent styles and choices have seen shutters being one of the most popular options, as well as Venetian blinds being a regular favourite. For a modern look, but when you need warmth combining heavy weight curtain with a blind is a great option to keep an on trend look – ensuring the curtains colour compliment the rest of the room; often a good way to introduce a texture or pattern to bring ‘something else’ to the design of the room. Venetian blinds or shutters are modern and excellent for both privacy and allowing light in but their solid look can be softened with a modern voile or net curtain. Ikea has a great choice for light weight curtains as well as quality Venetian blinds at very low prices.

An alternative to a lightweight curtain is window film. The perfect way to get minimal stylish non-fussy privacy. Nothing floating getting in the way, cost effective, easy to change, and available in such a range of patterns, styles, colours, densities and finishes.

Affordable suggestions :

Best for quality Venetian blinds – B&Q

Best for light weight curtains – Ikea

Best for made to measure (any blinds) – Blinds2Go

Best for shutters – TheShutterStore

Best for window film – MiniModerns

home: found this [ net curtains ] 

home: found this [ net curtains ] 

In the modern world of interior design, net curtains fell out of favour to other now popular window coverings including Venetian or roller blinds and recently wooden shutters. However with both the growth in popularity of the vintage-look in the home, as well as the trend for minimal white light filled interiors, net curtains have gained a fan base again. 

And they really do make sense. They’re are brilliant way to ensure privacy for large windows, they diffuse sunlight but still allow rooms to remain bright and sun filled, and as a cheap material they are easily updated with colour or pattern trends as desired. Styled in the right way within a vintage style or minimal clean interior, they can create a great modern look, especially layered up and with extra length so they puddle on the floor. 

The window covering market is worth more than £1bn, and designers and brands are offering a great range of affordable styles across the high street. Head to IKEA for some modern Scandivian designs. 

Colour wise they are classic in white, but to bring colour into a room, layering a lace curtain over a coloured net can give a subtle coloured, softened appearance to the window area. With the current metallic trend being popular, that can also translate into voile or net, as can black to exaggerate a monochrome themed room. 

If flowing nets are a little flouncy for your taste the benefits of net, including light and privacy, can be achieved with the net, lace or voile stretched over frames and used as modern look panel covers for a window. Alternatively the pattern from the lace can also be found in adhesive opaque window film designs. 

1 simple modern LIL net / IKEA £5

2 lace ALVINE SPETS net / IKEA £10

3 Damask Leaf net / Wilkos £8 

4 Rome lace net / Tony’s Textiles from £1.50 

5 black voile net / Argos £11.99