5 easy ways to style your bedroom windows

In a bedroom, the automatic choice of window treatment seems to be curtains. And yes, that makes sense, they’re soft and warm, and you can get them with blackout lining – and they come in so many colors (we could go on). But of course, there are plenty of other options that you can explore before settling on bedroom curtains. Blinds, shutters, blinds under curtains, window foils – oh, the possibilities!

Here we show you our preferred options for designing bedroom windows. If you want even more bedroom ideas, you shouldn’t miss our design gallery either.

1. Go for shutters – but choose dark ones for shutters over white

(Image credit: Shutterly Fabulous)

Shutters are a very popular idea for bedroom windows and it’s easy to see why. There is a wide variety of styles to choose from at Shutterly Fabulous. The full height option is shown here. They come in a variety of colors so you can customize them to suit your existing scheme. And while you may be tempted to choose white (which we love) don’t be fooled that they will keep the light out. They might offer privacy, but darkness is a different matter – and that makes dark shutters a good bedroom purchase.

If you have a large window these can be scaled to give you full coverage. Use our guide on choosing shutters for more pointers.

2. Use curtains to turn a simple patterned room – but line them up for darkness

Curtains2go bedroom curtains

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If you’re a fan of a floral print, what could be nicer than this fabulous large format Fiori design? These linen-printed curtains for a soft vintage look can be lined with a blackout or thermal lining to keep your bedroom extremely cozy and also for a good night’s sleep. Keep them the focal point of the bedroom and pull colors out of the design to add accessories to them.

These are the best blackout curtains for light sensitive thresholds.

3. Deep sleep? Choose a light, airy style for a dark bedroom

Fritz Fryer bedroom idea

(Photo credit: Fritz Fryer)

Some of us just love the quirky feel of linen curtains floating in the summer breeze … but even more so, if your bedroom is already dark, bulky curtains on the windows will turn off even more lights even when they’re open. So if you’re not the one to wake up early to the light of summer then this pretty option is for you. H&M does a similar style – check out the 2 pack of linen curtains.

4. Keep it simple with shutters

Claire and Paul Franklin's extended bungalow in Studham has a mid-century monochrome style

(Photo credit: Fiona Walker Arnott)

Of course, if your home is contemporary, then fussy curtains and blinds are not your thing. Roller shutters are a great option, they are streamlined and do not visually burden the space. Depending on the color you choose, they can be “barely there”. This is ideal if you are a modernist who wants to control the light and privacy in your bedroom – or to have fantastic views.

For more advice and ideas, see our guide to choosing roller shutters.

5. Update your bedroom window by adding a new layer

Bobby Berk's renovation of his children's home

(Photo credit: Design: Bobby Berk; Photography: @marisavitalephotography)

Do you already have blinds but want to change something? Love your curtains but not getting the light blocking qualities you need? Covering curtains with other window treatments such as blinds or window film gives you maximum natural light but privacy when you are overlooked. No need to choose heavy curtains if you prefer a lighter look – why not top a light cotton curtain with a heavier blackout option like Roman blinds for the best of both worlds?

Our window film design gallery has lots of great ideas to browse through – and don’t miss the Roman Blinds Buying Guide for more information.

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