Let the light in

I’ve been talking a lot about home improvements recently. With Christmas just around the corner, I’m trying to do as much as I can to get the house looking at its best before guests come to stay. The style of property I live in – a traditional tenement – means that I need to be careful how I present it. We have original floorboards, cast iron fireplaces and sash windows from the late 1800s, which are all very expensive to replace, so we need to get creative when upgrading them.

Recently, we’ve done a lot of work on our windows. Replacing them with new sash windows was far from budget friendly and so we sanded and stripped them, primed them and painted them – inside and out – which is quite a task when you live on the third floor.

Now the essential maintenance is out of the way, I’m looking to dress them. I thought about curtains, but the windows are late 18th-century and the sort that you can walk right into and admire the surround. So I decided on blinds so that they don’t obstruct any of the window surround and so far, the nicest ones I’ve found were from VELUX Blinds and John Lewis, who both have lovely ranges, with a lot of choice.

I’ve set up a Pinterest board with some of my favourite blinds – let me know which ones you think are the nicest. And tell me, are you a blinds or a curtain person? Or both? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Image credit: Pinterest

  • Lisa

    I like the grey ones in the bathroom picture. I’m a fan of curtains personally, but I can see why you would prefer blinds. Your windows sound like a real feature of your home x

  • chiara

    Thanks Lisa. I wish I had the sort of house that could have really lavish curtains. I think they can really transform a room x

  • http://summerviolets.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura

    your home sounds lovely:-) i think i prefer curtains, but the blinds in the photos you’ve selected look rather pretty as well, and i’m sure the ones you’ll choose will be pretty! x

    • chiara

      Thanks Laura!x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    I love the second photo (top right) — those are the prettiest blinds I have ever seen!

    • chiara

      Thanks Jessica! There are so many pretty blinds out there, it’s proving really hard to choose x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I love the grey ones here. I like blinds for light and curtains for warmth. So it really varies, but blinds do tend to be my preference.

    • chiara

      I agree Siobhan, the grey ones are really lovely x

  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    I love the pictures you pulled! Good luck on all your home renovations!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Thanks Melanie! I’ll post some actual photos when it’s finished x

  • http://heatherright@blogspot.com Heather @ That’s the story of…

    I love the first picture! I am a fan of both. Depends on the room and window!

    • chiara

      Thanks Heather. It’s always so hard to make the right choice!x

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    The shade in the top-right photo is gorgeous! I’ve never seen anything like it. What a great way to put your own stamp on a space without making too permanent a change.