Bringing my Living Room to Life:
I’m in the middle of working out how to makeover my living room. For London, at least, it’s a large space – about 30′ long and 15′ wide at one end. It’s actually most of the ground floor including the extension. It’s entirely open plan, with big sash windows at one end and a bespoke wooden picture window that looks out over the park at the other end. My main challenge is that I feel just a bit lost in there. I don’t want to lose the ‘open plan’ feeling, but I do want to be able to sit in there by myself.
I love my windows. And I love the light in the room. My plan is to remove the radiators under the windows and replace them with integrated skirting board radiators so that I can add long sweepy curtains without cutting out the heat from the radiators. Then, to divide the room with a good quality wooden dividing doors.
An internal version of the wooden french windows in this picture I think?
I love the effect of the light flooding into the room. And, it really does help the room feel warm. I’m hoping something similar will work as a room divider and won’t cut out the light, but will still make the room feel cosier. The alternative is a kind of door called a ‘pocket door’ which disappears into a pocket in the wall. But it will need to be a wooden door that is in keeping with the rest of the room. I’m sure it’s possible and I will be contacting some of the Wood Windows Alliance members very soon.
Just look at the picture of the room before the new windows were installed…
One of the other things I’m thinking about is painting all the woodwork with a colour and leaving the walls white or cream
I think they look really stylish!
Finally, I am dreaming of some long, sweeping curtains to frame my beautiful sash windows.
Something like this
One of the best things about wooden windows is that they can be very effectively refurbished. My sashes have been rehung and draught-proofed. So, now, I don’t really need heavy drapes. Instead, I’m looking for something that is more of a cosmetic treatment – a lighter fabric, perhaps, that just enhances the beauty of the windows.
What do you think? Any advice for an amateur interior designer?
Post in collaboration with the Wood Windows Alliance
‘The Wood Window Alliance (WWA) is a group of more than 20 manufacturers (and in total some 40 organisations) from across the UK’s wood window industry, committed to working together to drive up standards, promote quality wood windows and doors and make wood the number one choice in the UK market.’