My good friend Gwen, also a designer, jokes that she "doesn't do windows", but that I've "never met a window I didn't want to treat"! I guess she must be right..... I never have liked bare windows! To me, a room doesn't look complete until the windows have been treated in some way. The first question I ask a client in determining how to treat their windows is whether they are trying to achieve privacy and/or light control, or if they just want to soften the window. If privacy is the goal, there are few window treatments as effective and simple as a draw drapery, either hung on a decorative traverse rod, or on a regular traverse rod covered with an interesting valance. These draperies can be extended, if wall space allows, so that very little of the actual window is covered when they are open. Style can be added with various types of valances, an interesting metal or wood rod, or a coordinating trim. The window above uses draw draperies highlighted with a vertically shirred valance mounted on a board, and is trimmed down the inner edges, at the hemline, and the bottom of the valance with a black scalloped fringe. Casually elegant!
The other way to achieve privacy or light control is to use an exciting valance over a blind, shade or shutter. There are so many great valance styles to choose from to suit your own personal taste and the mood of the room. The valance above features inverted pleats, a shaped bottom hemline, and cascades at each side. A coordinating fringe adds the finishing touch.
Below, our designers talk about their favorite ways to treat a window........
Tina Tepe says "One of my favorite window treatments is a valance or side hangs installed using posts with medallions. They can be a creative alternative to rods or valances mounted on boards. You can install them following the structure of the window or you can create shape above the window frame. This treatment can be traditional or contemporary depending on the fabric and trim selection." Below are some examples.
Barbara Habas says "My favorite window treatment is a roman shade. Simple to operate, it doesn't require too much fabric to construct. A very tailored and clean look! It's a wonderful treatment for French doors. Another favorite treatment is a pair of pinch pleated draperies on a wrought iron rod. Their style works well with most any decor. It softens the window without being heavy, and will not obstruct your view in any way. Always tasteful, never trendy! Your fabric will dictate the style and will be a focal point and color scheme to follow throughout the room." Below are some pictures of tailored roman shades.
The second picture is the same treatment but in a buttery yellow fabric. Here they have added interest by using pleating across the bottom of the valance. This adds softness and a bit of femininity. The valance is hung on a white rod to give contrast with the yellow print while adding conformity to the color of the cabinetry."
All of our designers are experts in creating unique and custom window treatments, and would love to help you with the windows in your home. Get started today by setting up an appointment for one of them to visit your home (a $50.00 consultation fee applies), and see their amazing ideas for your windows!