Roman Blind – How to dress a window in a north facing room.

North Facing Window

This north facing window used to have short blackout curtains on a Geo stainless steel pole. The window is just over a metre drop and has a small Victorian style radiator underneath.  As the bedroom is a small room, the previous curtains jutting into the bedroom seemed to close the room in and make the room look smaller.

To maximise the space and light in this bedroom I decided to have a black out roman blind fitted outside the recess.  There is not a great deal of space between the ceiling and the top of the recess so the roman blind is fitted just under the ceiling.

Fitted just under ceiling

By placing the blind under the ceiling this gives the illusion that the window has a larger drop and makes the window look bigger.


When the roman blind is open the folds does not cover the glass too much and obscure the top of the window. This helps to maximize the light.

I wanted to create a modern look and in my opinion this was the perfect choice. The good news was that I didn’t need to buy a lot of fabric. Roman blinds needs much less fabric than curtains.

I could have had this fabric made into a blackout roller blind but the folds on a roman give a softer look in this instance.

Iliv birds Scandi fabric in colour capri

The fabric chosen is Iliv Scandi Birds colour Capri. It gives a modern fresh feel to this small bedroom.  I have made a matching drum lampshade and bed cushion.

Matching Drum Lampshade

These little birds have flown home to roost and I love them, I hope you do too.

Enjoy the bank holiday,  Sarah