Coping with the cold - in style, at Noelle Interiors

NOW winter is upon us and the cold windy weather is howling around our houses, keeping our homes warm has become so important especially after the frost and snow over the last few winters. Keeping out the cold and keeping the heat in doesn’t have to be just a practical solution, you can still achieve all of this while maintaining a lot of style and elegance.

NOW winter is upon us and the cold windy weather is howling around our houses, keeping our homes warm has become so important especially after the frost and snow over the last few winters. Keeping out the cold and keeping the heat in doesn’t have to be just a practical solution, you can still achieve all of this while maintaining a lot of style and elegance.

One of the most effective ways to keep the heat in your room while adding style is to hang curtains. Traditionally curtains were hung to provide insulation and prevent any little draughts coming in. In the past curtains were always hung at least 1” to 2” too long so the draught wouldn’t come in at the bottom, the curtains were always hung with sufficient return at the sides so the curtain hung back into the wall and also enclosed the window and eventually pelmets were fitted above the window to stop the draught coming in at the top. In time these curtains were also interlined which added to the insulation and heat retention.

In modern homes with weather glazed windows the problem of draughts shouldn’t be a big issue but interlined curtains are very effective at keeping the heat in and they look so luxurious and elegant. If the curtains are made properly and hung properly they can add character and luxury to the room while still having an important function, especially when the weather can drop to -5 and -10 degrees.

When spending money on curtains make sure you are getting the right person to do the work. If you are buying a lovely fabric and using good quality lining and interlining don’t scrimp on bad workmanship. Interlined curtains need to be hand sewn to hang properly and the interlining needs to be wrapped into the hem of the fabric to add weight so the curtains will sit properly.

When choosing a fabric it doesn’t have to be the most expensive fabric to look well. Even simple cotton, made up well with good quality lining and interlining can look as expensive as any of the branded fabrics. Don’t be fooled with “bonded lining”, (a stiff wadding on the back of the lining) this won’t have the same heat retention but above all its stiffness wont hang like interlined curtains and is only marginally cheaper. Finally use an experienced and trained fitter to ensure the curtains are hung properly with the returns secured to the wall and the centres overlapped but not flapping.

Draught excluders are another option to keep heat in and add to your décor. At Noelle Interiors we have a selection of stylish draught excluders in different fabric and colours. Unlike many draught excluders we use a heavy filling to add extra weight and body; therefore even the most robust breeze can’t get through. If using on a hall door with tiled floor we have made up excluders with Velcro to attach to the door so each time the door opens and closes the draught excluders will move with the door.

Noelle Interiors, No. 1 High Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

www.noelleinteriors.ie; Ph 057 9324555; Mobile 086 302 5066.