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George Clarke sitting in a conservatory fitted with Thermashade TM blinds

Ways with Windows

Emily Booth one of the writers at Hillarys

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 26/04/2019

Ways with garden rooms

Join George Clarke as he explores a selection of stylish garden rooms and shows you how to make the most of yours.

Home office with Tetbury Charcoal curtains, and Morton Tar, Tetbury Black and Huxley Dove Grey cushions

George Clarke styles his home office

George’s style is sleek, mid-century modern, and Tetbury Charcoal curtains perfectly complement this cool design aesthetic. A simple wave curtain header allows the curtains to drape in soft, rippling folds, creating a relaxed and informal feel.

As George discovered, curtains and soft textiles can really help improve the acoustics in your garden room, especially if you have hard surfaces throughout. And if, like George, you use your garden building as a home office, curtains are great for controlling strong sunlight and reducing glare on computer screens.  

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Taupe Grey shutters with Forest Duck Egg curtains, and Mineral Azure, Huxley Thistle and Forest Duck Egg cushions in a garden bedroom

Styling a guest bedroom

This garden room is used as an extra bedroom for visitors, and combines tracked shutters with curtains to create a home-from-home feel. The bedroom has two sets of patio doors which open onto a dining terrace. The shutters can be folded neatly back when the patio doors are open, so guests can make the most of al-fresco living. Then, at night they can be closed up tight to provide a safe and cosy feel.

A bedroom should always feel warm and welcoming, so adding an extra insulating layer with curtains is a great way to bring stylish colour, pattern and texture into the space.

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George Clarke tackles temperature control with Conservatory blinds

Ways with windows

TV presenter George Clarke shows how to tackle temperature to create a year-round conservatory.

Conservatory with Alayna Ivory and Thermashade TM Stone Pleated transition blinds

Creating a year round conservatory

Lots of people struggle with temperature control in glass conservatories, and this can result in a room that’s unloved and rarely used. So we asked George to demonstrate how our specialist Pleated blinds can help create a comfortable temperature all year round.  As George explains, it’s important to deal with the roof first, as this is where lots of heat tends to escape. Our Pleated roof blinds have a special coating that helps prevent heat loss in winter and reflects sunlight to keep the conservatory cool in summer. 

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Conservatory with Alayna Ivory and Thermashade TM Stone Pleated transition blinds

Making the transition from day to night

Our clever Day and Night Pleated blinds can help maintain a comfortable feel at all times of the day and evening. These clever blinds combine two fabrics in one blind. The top section consists of a lightweight fabric that softly diffuses light for a lovely daytime ambience. The bottom section is a specialist ThermaShadeTM Pleated fabric. This has honeycomb cells that actively trap heat for a cosier feel. 

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George Clarke sat in a Living Room with Full Height Shutters in a Bay Window

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