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Top tips for dressing wide windows and doors with curtains

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by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 04/05/2017

Updated: 05/12/2019

How to Choose Curtains for Wide Windows

Wide windows make quite a statement in your home, so it’s important to get curtains that will enhance the space. In our expert guide, we share our top tips and clever tricks for dressing your wide windows and doors with stylish curtains from our range.

A dark desk and bright orange chair sit in front of a window with a orange blind. The blind is combined with grey detailed curtains. There are also two fabric wall hangings on either side of the window.

Extend your curtain pole beyond the window frame

Wide windows are usually found in homes that enjoy fabulous views, either of the garden or the vista beyond. If you’re lucky enough to own such a home, fit your curtains so that they don’t obscure the great views. By fitting a curtain pole that extends beyond the window frame, your curtains won’t cover any part of your window when they’re fully open. In this cosy dining room, we’ve chosen these contemporary Loxly Emerald curtains that tap into the trend for geometric patterns.

Luxe dining room with crittall doors and green geometric print curtains

Transform your wide windows into a statement feature

When you enter a room with wide windows your eye is naturally drawn to them, so it’s a great idea to choose a curtain design that will add an extra wow factor. Wide windows can happily accommodate bold colours and vibrant prints without being overwhelmed, so you can afford to be adventurous with your design ideas. 

Alto Deep Indigo curtains on sliding doors in a living room

Mix and match curtains with voiles

This is a really clever idea that looks great and is really practical too. Instead of hanging a single pair of curtains across your wide windows, combine your favourite made to measure curtain fabric with a sheer voile curtain for a stunning effect. The two curtains give you real flexibility too. When it’s sunny you can close the voiles to reduce the sun’s glare while allowing the light to filter through your windows.

A bedroom with a large window fitted with a Voile Roman blind in Swirl Dusk

Browse voile curtains

Break up a large bay window with multiple curtains

A really big bay window is a fabulous feature in your home, but fit just one pair of curtains and you obscure this wonderful view on the world. So instead, you should position multiple curtains around the frame, effectively creating three separate windows and three options for managing the light levels in your room. In this gorgeous room, the pretty floral print and natural tones give the living room a feeling of relaxation and calm.

Aurora Moonlight curtains in living room

Browse bedroom curtains

Combine curtains with blinds for extra privacy

If your wide windows are overlooked, maintaining your privacy will be a top priority. So, rather than fitting curtains alone, combine your curtains with a blind which will help you maintain your privacy while still allowing light to gently filter into your room. We’ve combined Vertical blinds with Hatti Chambray curtains in this comfortable living room.


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