When it comes to creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere, the right window treatments can make a big difference. It’s also about selecting the right materials, colours, and textures.

Here’s advice from our experts on how to transform your living space into a warm and snug haven using window blinds, curtains, and a few other easy updates in your home.

Material Matters

All window blinds and curtains will add an extra layer of insulation at a window, and help to stop draughts, but some fabrics and types of blinds have exceptional heat retaining qualities.

During our home design consultation service, our local advisers can guide your fabric choice if extra warmth is your objective. We also expertly fit your blinds which are made-to-measure to ensure they fit the window perfectly.

Duette Blinds are renowned for their outstanding energy efficiency.

As well as thermal lined fabrics, we have specialist energy saving blinds.

Duette blinds, also known as honeycomb or cellular blinds, are a popular and versatile window covering option that offer a wide range of benefits. These innovative blinds are known for their distinctive cellular design, which creates a series of small, honeycomb-like pockets between the front and back layers of fabric. The cellular structure creates air pockets that act as insulation, helping to regulate the temperature in your home. They keep your space cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which can lead to energy savings by reducing the need for heating or cooling.

Duette blinds are available in various opacity levels, from sheer to blackout, allowing you to control the amount of light that enters your room. This makes them an ideal choice for any space, from bedrooms where you want total darkness for a good night’s sleep to living rooms where you may want filtered, soft light. So whether you’re looking to improve insulation, control light, or enhance the overall look of your living space, Duette blinds are a smart choice.

For Romans and curtains, opting for plush and soft fabrics like velvet, chenille, or heavyweight linen is a great choice. These materials not only look cosy but also provide insulation, making your space warmer.

According to the BBSA, new independent research by the University of Salford’s Energy House Labs has demonstrated that blinds and shutters can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 33%*.


Layering blinds with curtains can enhance the cosy factor by adding depth and texture to your windows. The two most popular layering combinations include Roman blinds and curtains in co-ordinating fabrics and curtains with wooden blinds, which allows you to control both privacy and natural light.

Warm colours

Choose blinds in warm, earthy tones such as caramel, rust, deep brown, or forest green. These colours evoke feelings of comfort and security.

A snug fit

Another way to keep draughts and heat loss at windows to a minimum is to use an in-frame blind, such as our range of Intu® blinds. Designed to fit seamlessly within the frames of most modern windows, bi-fold doors, tilt-and-turn windows and conservatories, they add the finishing touches to any room in your home. Similarly, Perfect Fit blinds are a practical, slim-line solution that is ideal for tilt-and-turn windows, doors and bi-fold doors, allowing the blind to open seamlessly with the window or door.

In addition to window treatments, the right choice of cushions, throws, and other textiles can contribute to the overall cosiness of your home.

We can provide made-to-order cushions to co-ordinate with your other fabrics, then just pop on a warm faux fur throw to complete the look!

And don’t forget to add a rug so your floor is warm and inviting too.

Find your local Apollo for more information on how our blinds and curtains can keep your home warm this winter.