It is clear that long, draping curtains are really popular at the moment since all four of The Block couples’ featured them in their second bedrooms. Not only are they great functionally, for privacy and light control, but they can look beautiful: the soft gathered lines that are created by the fall of the curtains help to form a calm and luxurious look. The sheer Organza curtains in particular, as we saw in Kyal and Kara, Brad and Dale and Alisa and Lysandra’s bedrooms, evoke a feeling of elegance as light is softened through the thin woven fabric.
Another thing to notice in all four rooms is the focus on lighting. Each of the rooms have been designed quite darkly and are lit by the natural light from the windows (which is softened by the curtains) and by warm ceiling and beside lamps. Keeping a bedroom darker creates a luxuriance while enhancing the feeling of comfort and relaxation. A simple way to do this is through using darker curtains.
The combination of the soft, blue-grey sheer curtains, the natural timber feature walls and the fairly monochromatic colour scheme with orange accents in Kyal and Kara’s bedroom, created the perfect space of relaxation, sophistication and modern style. This week was definitely a close competition but the serenity and style of Kyal and Kara’s room has won my heart (along with the judges’) as it literally makes me want to jump into their bed.
To achieve the calm and simple yet luxurious look that Kyal and Kara have produced, I have a few tips to follow in regards to dressing your windows. Firstly, curtains should always touch the floor: the length of the folds and the gathered folds along the floor embody the idea of luxury.
Secondly, when designing or buying curtains; always ensure that they are significantly wider than the window in order to ensure that when it is closed, the curtain still looks elegant through soft waves in the fabric.
Thirdly, if you need curtains that block out the light completely, go for multiple layers. During the day you can open the thick block-out curtains and leave sheer curtains closed to allow a diffused light to enter the room.
As you can see in all four of The Block contestants’ bedrooms, curtains can play a large role in producing a room that not only looks beautiful but also feels relaxed and inviting.