4 serene window ideas to keep the festive warmth in and the winter cold out this Christmas

Give your windows the gift of new dressings this Christmas, complete with a customised and stress-free service from Hillarys

A cosy living room with French windows and pale curtains drawn
(Image credit: Hillarys / Isa Chadborn)

It feels like autumn has only just begun, but believe it or not, Christmas is a matter of weeks away. When you’re busy thinking about bringing in the Christmas tree or switching out your seasonal duvet, it can be easy to overlook your windows – but the right curtains and blinds can help filter natural light and offer extra warmth during the colder months. It’s the perfect time to treat your windows (and yourself!) to a festive upgrade, and with Hillarys you can bring a warm and stylish new look into your space without any extra work or stress. 

It might be tempting to DIY your window dressings, but blinds and curtains are notoriously easy to get wrong, and super costly to put right again. That’s why the experts at Hillarys are so important – they measure, make and fit your curtains and blinds so they're just right. And with trend-led styles and performance features like extra layers of insulation, Hillarys has plenty of options you’re sure to fall in love with.

This winter, interiors influencer Isa Chadborn relied on Hillarys to help bring a sense of serenity to her windows through the use of comforting textures and calming neutrals. If you want to bring the same seasonal touch to your space, here are four serene window ideas to keep the festive warmth in and the winter cold out, inspired by Isa’s home. 

1. Control your lighting levels

A stairway with Christmas decorations and the windowsill and a roman blind in the window

(Image credit: Hillarys / Isa Chadborn)

When it comes to feeling warm and cosy, it’s all about setting the tone by lowering light levels. And by choosing blackout blinds or curtains, you’re sure to enjoy a better night’s sleep all year round, too. Options such as the Roman Blind with Blackout Lining are great at blocking light, and Isa chose the neutral tones of the Duke Olive option to match her walls for a calming, streamlined look. 

There’s also the added fact that while winter light is beautiful, it can be particularly harsh. It’s a good idea to filter any strong light through Venetian blinds for complete control and comfort. Come summer, the same solution will keep rooms cooler, too. To find the right option for your space, book an appointment with your local Hillarys advisor who’ll take care of the measuring and fitting to guarantee a quality finish. It’s really quick and easy to do, plus it won’t cost a penny. 

2. Add extra warmth and texture with layering ideas

A cosy living room with curtains drawn in French windows to lower the light level

(Image credit: Hillarys / Isa Chadborn)

Your ideal window treatment doesn’t have to be limited to blinds or curtains. If you can’t decide on one or the other, why not opt for both? Hillarys has amazing layering options, whether that’s curtains over thermal blinds or over delicate voiles. You can pick from motorised and smart options too, which are ideal for social spaces. 

Take Isa’s living room, for example. Her French doors bridge the gap between her garden and her lounge for a natural feeling of relaxation during winter. Sustainable Harper Almond Curtains are layered over an Echo White Voile, so she can filter or block out harsh light as needed – all thanks to a clever double track recommended, customised, and installed by Hillarys. It’s the perfect way to set the tone on fun-filled family evenings this festive season. 

3. Play with colour and pattern

A bathroom with a round above counter basin and a white venetian blind in the window

(Image credit: Hillarys / Isa Chadborn)

Adding warmth to a space goes beyond practicality alone. The material, colour, and pattern you choose for your window dressing also play a part, especially when it comes to inviting in a festive feel. Whether you want to go bold and embrace a more maximalist trend for your curtains or blinds, or you prefer the serenity of a neutral scheme, Hillarys can cater to your individual style. Christmas is about spreading joy above all else, so choose a design that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling synonymous with the season. Of course, knowing that Hillarys will look after all the hard work of measuring and fitting certainly helps foster a festive atmosphere!

In Isa’s home, Hillarys took care of every last detail, including the serene, Scandi-inspired downstairs loo and cloakroom with its Faux Wood water-resistant Venetian blind. Her guests will now consider her place their home away from home this Christmas. 

4. Don't skip the guest room 

A woman sitting on a bed with a grey roman blind covering the window and neutral Christmas decorations

(Image credit: Hillarys / Isa Chadborn)

Finally, on that note, don’t skip the guest room when it comes to updating your window treatments – after all, you want your friends and family to feel warm, welcome, and right at home. 

After her daughter flew the nest, Isa transformed the empty bedroom into a wonderful guest room. She opted for the Huxley Blackout Roman Blind (made from 100% recycled polyester) with an antique brass chain, as well as a beautiful neutral shade, Sandbar, for a pared-back look that will cater to a wide range of tastes, giving the space a luxury look and feel befitting of a five-star hotel. 

For a window upgrade that’s ready in time for Christmas, Hillarys has you covered. Use these warming, wise window ideas to cosy up and hunker down in style. 

Visit hillarys.co.uk to book a free in-home appointment