The View Through the Window

Windows in interior design are like our ears. Left alone, the ears can be awkward. Too much emphasis placed on them and they can make you look ridiculous. Depending on your style, a classic pair of diamond studs may be all you need. Sometimes a more impressive pair is necessary to top off the perfect outfit. So, a window left naked in your home may be more of a faux pas than you expected.

Take a look at the next couple of examples to see what might be nice in your space.

In the Bedroom

Diffuse Light, simple design

This bedroom employs an inexpensive and beautiful treatment to disguise a window where space on the wall is needed and controls the light beautifully. Two sheer white panels have been fed onto the center of a hidden curtain rod and then capped on either side with blue sheer panels. The rod pocket topper gives a casual, ruffled fullness and the length is cut to skim the floor. Because of the sheer panels, light is diffused into the room and the continuity the panels provide by hiding the window architecture reduces distraction behind the poster bed, accessories, and lighting.

A Casual Space

The Natural Look with Casual Ease

These woven shades add a tasteful, natural look to any casual room. Shown here in a natural flaxen hue they can come in a variety of different colors and textures from subtle to chunky. Shades are useful where fabrics are less desirable, and they can even be used in some outdoor spaces. Though most often used without a lining to filter light , they can also be lined to provide a blackout environment or UV protection as needed.

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Endless Romance

Feminine EleganceThe classic and dramatic london shade is romance at its best. When softness and flirty detail are desired traits, then these window treatments are unbeatable. They can be made to function or made as a valance for the top of the window. Equally as beautiful when sheer or lined, these windows can be made for the casual or refined interior.

(ethanallen.com, 2012)

Trim and Tailored

Continuity and Style

The cornice, often poorly pictured in the minds if many as a dusty, floral, scalloped, window topper can be modernized and reincarnated in a classy traditional interior. Here the cornice is used to unify the look of different-sized windows and emphasizes the linear and rectangular architectural details.

Brooke Zicardi via HGTV.com

Classy Combination

Simplicity and Function

This photo illustrates how curtains can be used in combination with shades. On a window as wide as this one the use of curtain panels can offset the horizontal emphasis that the shade gives — which might visually lower your ceilings. Also, this curtain successfully used a bold pattern in two ways: by trimming it in the greek key border to visually contain it and using neutral colors that blend with the wall color and floor tones.

(Shirley Parks Design)

 

Its All In the Details

Tiny Details, Big Impact

This photo illustrates how curtains can be used in combination with shades. On a window as wide as this one the use of curtain panels can offset the horizontal emphasis that the shade gives — which might visually lower your ceilings. Also, this curtain successfully used a bold pattern in two ways: by trimming it in the greek key border to visually contain it and using neutral colors that blend with the wall color and floor tones.

(Shirley Parks Design)

Layer the Look

Coordinate and Multiply Your Style

Window treatments in this bedroom achieve several goals:
(1)The large rod mounted all the way at the ceiling visually raises the height of the window, framing the view and providing a backdrop to the ornate writing desk.
(2)The body of the stationary panels adds softness and luxury to the bedroom, following the sumptuous style of the tufted headboards and crystal chandelier.
(3) The bold crimson color is used on the windows and the walls in order to provide contrast to the otherwise all-white scheme on architectural surfaces.

Used in combination with the blinds, this treatment is simple in style and is an affordable alternative to fully functioning curtains. Beautiful!

(Jennifer Flanders Interior Design)

Final Thoughts:

With these examples you can see the importance of window treatments, whether casual, romantic, or a tailored traditional. Don’t leave your house awkwardly unadorned or garishly draped! There’s a perfect window treatment out there for you.

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