Thursday, November 3, 2011

Favorite Window Treatments

Perfectly Tailored

Here, simple white shades get a boost of color with a classic, ocean-blue border, which complements the clean, coastal theme in this bedroom.


Touch of Luxury

To give a casual dining room a more luxurious feel, opt for extra-full silk curtains in a demure blue as in this coastal room. Yards of fabric are needed to give these pin-tuck curtains their volume, and extra length at the end lets the silk puddle slightly on the floor.

Double Duty

These curtains and blinds work together to create a unified look, while each treatment can function separately for light control and privacy.

Feminine Touch

Give Roman curtains a flirty, feminine feel by securing them with ribbons tied in pretty bows at the bottom.

Dramatic Draperies

Match curtains to wallpaper to create a dramatic, cocoon-like dining or living room. For extra personality, fashion a second, complementary fabric on the reverse side of the panel.

Vertical Limit

Vertical striped Roman shades complement the delicate, chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper in this formal dining room. The shades are anchored with a horizontal band of fabric at the bottom and embellished with subtle fringe.

Be Bold

This dining area doesn't shy away from bold color and pattern. A scalloped valance, paired with curtains in a complementary fabric, brings brazen drama into the space. Grosgrain ribbon accentuates the whimsical scalloped edges, and a thick purple ribbon border adds weight to the bottom of the panel.

Break It Up

A bright-red tree print with a bold border breaks up the white walls and frames the French doors in this living room.


Let It Puddle

Curtains that puddle on the floor emphasize the opulence of a space. These pink silk draperies give a luxe look to this simple arm chair.

Frill-Free Shades

A simple Roman shade in a neutral paisley print accents this elegant bathroom. These shades go all the way to the ceiling, making the walls seem taller.

Sheer Simplicity

This smart home office has sheer café curtains with a smart, graphic pattern. The curtains cover three-fourths of the windows but leave a few inches at the top for light to shine through.

Over the Borderline

These pinch-pleat curtains get special treatment with an appliqué trim on the panels and the tieback.

Statement Maker

The solid purple draperies and valance raise the eye in a low-ceilinged room and bring a pop of color to the neutral space. Curtains and a high-hung valance are a smart treatment for Palladian windows.


Pop of Color

Café curtains in a colorful floral pattern give this all-white kitchen a fresh look.

Simple Shutters

To give any room an easy, tropical style, dress windows with low-maintenance white shutters.

Pleasant Pastels

Soft plaid café curtains hung mid-window provide privacy and still admit natural light into this lavender bathroom.

Chevron Stripes

To give curtains a fuller look with less fabric, use a horizontal or chevron stripe, like the neutral-striped curtains in this sitting room.


Balance in Bloom

This window seat uses both draperies and shades to achieve its glamorous look. Voluminous purple curtains balance out the large floral print of the relaxed Roman shade.

Blended In

Grommet curtains in white work magically over open casement windows in this coastal bedroom. When drawn, they block sunlight and lend privacy, but when open, they disappear against the white walls.

For a Window Seat

Custom curtains in a sea-green-and-brown floral pattern give this dining room's window seat extra personality.

Balance It Out

The beige-and-white damask pattern of the draperies balances the richness of the chocolate-colored walls. Dark mahogany curtain rods and rings blend in with the walls and take up no visual space.

Hanging in the Valance

Strategic architecture in this California family room creates a built-in valance without being too fussy. Gauzy, beige fabric complements the overall feel of the room.

Sleek and Silver

Lustrous beige-and-silver curtains, hung right up against the crown molding, fill the nook in this elegant dining room.

Running Red

A bold, floral fabric is used on both the curtains and the chairs in this elegant dining room. To elongate the room, a red trim is added to the inside edges of each panel, and the curtains are hung just below the crown molding rather than right over the door frame.

Perfect Pelmet

This sleek, white vanity is framed by a custom-made pelmet and draperies. The vertical-striped, box-pleated valance follows the curved lines of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, creating a tailored, sophisticated look.

Work With Architecture

These beautifully draped curtains complement the architecture of this neat alcove. One panel crosses over the other to create an interesting, asymmetrical treatment.

Pattern Play

With a pinch-pleat heading and a playful yellow-and-green print, these game room draperies lend the space a punch of personality.

All the Trimmings

In this sitting area, chairs and curtains sport contrasting trim to counter the matchy-matchy effect. A box-pleat pelmet echoes the skirts on the chairs.

Three-Tone Treatment

Three different shades of brown make up the curtains in this modern living room. With the darkest color at the bottom and the lightest at the top, these grommet panels break up the space and bring big personality.

Burlap Shades

Roman shades made from burlap ensure that the window treatments in this dining room are as laid-back as the rest of the space.

Aubergine Dream

In this media room, the deep-eggplant Roman shades complement the aubergine walls while maintaining a clean, tailored feel.

Break for Breakfast

Plush draperies in a casual crewel fabric stretch from wall to wall in this English country breakfast room. The expansive window treatments give this space a cozy, intimate air.

Pleats on a Trellis

In this coastal bedroom, white pinch-pleat curtains are paired with Roman shades in a kiwi-green trellis pattern.

Striped Treatment

This treatment blends bidirectional stripes -- simple panels with a fine vertical stripe against bamboo blinds with a horizontal aesthetic.

French Country Finery

To bring home the French farmhouse-inspired look, a grass-green Provençal fabric was used for the pinch-pleat curtains in this kitchen.

Matchstick Marvel

Matchstick blinds link the island and cabinetry, layering natural textures within this sleek, black-and-white kitchen.

Primary Colors

The window treatments in this living room make a bold statement. A scalloped pelmet with sunshine-yellow trim completes the look of the curtain panels.

Over-the-Top Opulence

Luxurious silk window treatments suit this living room’s sophisticated look. A pelmet finishes the curtain panels and sits just below crown molding, emphasizing its exquisite detail.

Elegant Options

Drapery hardware can impact the look of curtains as much as the panels themselves. These bone-white rod and rings underscore this bedroom's sophisticated mood.

Looking Clean

A neat, box-pleat valance frames a bank of windows above the sink in this well-turned-out kitchen.

Roll-Up Ways

Details can add subtle interest and refinement -- this simple, roll-up shade features a chic, pull-tab tassel.

Relaxed Shades

Relaxed Roman shades fit the bill in this casual coastal living room. Striped fabric, hung just below the beaded-board ceiling, elongates the windows, making the walls seem taller.

The More the Merrier

The French doors in this sleek white kitchen are dressed with curtains, while the window sports a Roman shade. Matching fabric with turquoise trim unifies the treatments.

Extended Wallpaper

Coordinated walls and draperies set a cozy tone in this coastal dining room. The neutral color quiets the bold pattern, ensuring the effect is not too overwhelming.

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