Window Treatment Ideas

Window Treatments: Drapery Panels

Need help designing window treatments for your home or office?   Contact Jamie Kern, ASID, President of DTIC at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

Drapery Panels are are one of the best design resources for creating an appealing and inviting interior space.  By now you know I like my draperies “simply” elegant.  I want them to highlight an exterior view or add softness to a room that might otherwise feel hard and angular.  That doesn’t mean they have to be boring!   There are a number of nice heading treatments from the grommet to the pinch pleat.  And a little accent band on a leading edge or incorporated as a stripe can turn a solid fabric into a tasteful custom treatment.

 

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Pinch Pleats, often incorrectly assumed to be a traditional header, are quite nice in this contemporary space

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Interiors by Lucas Studio,Inc

Panels don’t block the view but add a nice shape element with the arched doors

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Nice example of a contrast fabric used as a horizontal stripe accent.  I like the small rods and the pinch pleated headings on rings.

 

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Great use of puddling.  The panels are sleek and sophisticated with just enough puddling on the floor.  Glamorous and tasteful

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Window Treatments: Roman Shades

Need help designing window treatments for your home or office?   Contact Jamie Kern, ASID, President of DTIC at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

I’m not typically a fan of an overdone window treatment.  No swags, tassels, layers of gimp and bouillon fringe, tie backs, scarves or 18″ of puddling.   There’s certainly nothing wrong with these elements but my design style is a bit more streamlined.  I prefer something a bit more tailored or more relaxed.  I believe window treatments should be functional and attractive but not the focal point of a room.  I try to work with the exterior views and use window treatments as a means of framing the view and softening the hard window lines so that a space feels more comfortable and easy. A Roman Shade is one of my favorite treatments.   They can be tailored or informal, but they are wonderful for giving a homeowner the option for privacy when needed and simple beauty when privacy is not paramount.

TAILORED ROMAN SHADES

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

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Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

CASUAL AND EASY ROMAN SHADES

Casual and Easy

Casual and Easy

 

NATURAL ROMAN SHADES

Natural Shades

Natural Shades

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THE SKINNY ON WINDOW TREATMENTS

Don’t think you’re alone if you’ve been in your home for 3 years and still haven’t addressed the window treatments.   It’s a bit overwhelming to look at a house full of naked windows and instinctively know what to do with them.   A great window treatments is an expense that will give you the most bang for your buck!!   And yet, the windows are   most often neglected, leaving a home feeling unfinished and incomplete.

 One mistake most homeowners make is to throw up some wood blinds and assume they’ve solved the problem.   Sure, you’ve taken care of privacy concerns.   But not only have you not fully resolved the issue, you’ve added another hard surface in a space where you probably want to feel comfortable, warm and inviting.  A fabric window treatment will soften the hard surfaces and corners in a room and can serve to make the room more cozy, elegant, dramatic or inviting depending on the style and fabric selection.   If you’re skeptical of this statement, I suggest trying it in one room just for fun.   I promise that you’ll see and feel an enormous and positive difference.

Another mistake is to run out and buy some prefab window treatments that don’t fit the window or compliment the style of the window & furnishings.   It seems like such an easy, inexpensive means of dressing up the windows doesn’t it?  Trust me, I’ve done it and I know most of you have tried it at some point, and the results are seldom what we’ve hoped.   Here’s the problem.   Windows come in all shapes and sizes and our needs for covering them are different room to room.    Prefab window treatments and the hardware required to hang them properly are usually offered in a couple of sizes and we then try to adapt those options to fit our needs.   The end result is a treatment that is too long, too short, to narrow, or even an inappropriate style to meet our needs.   If you’re like me, you’ll live with your decision for a while, but in the end you’ll find yourself trying to find a more appropriate treatment . . . . and the cycle continues.

      Before you jump in with both feet and make this mistake again, contact a reputable professional designer.   A professional designer can evaluate the window style and size to design a treatment that will provide the desired effect.   A designer can provide fabric options, hardware style options, and professional installation services to ensure that the length, width and proportions of your draperies are appropriate and fabricated correctly.  I strongly advise clients to have a reasonable budget in mind when contacting your designer so that he or she is well informed as the design and selection process begins.   And don’t feel pressure to attack the whole house at once.  Start with one room.  You’ll be astonished at the transformation and you’ll spend your money once and wisely.

And finally, there’s mother of all window mistakes – leaving a window undressed to avoid blocking a view.   Window treatments are not meant to block a view UNLESS you specifically need them to do so.  While a window treatment can be a functional element when a homeowner needs to diffuse the sunlight or provide privacy, they are imperative in complimenting and reinforcing the interior design of a space.  As I mentioned earlier, a window treatment will soften the hard edges of the window that, when left untreated, make a room feel cold, uninviting and unfinished and they can cover or reveal as much of the window and view as one desires.

Many homeowners balk at the expense of window treatments if they aren’t planning on staying in a house long term because so often they feel they have to leave the treatments behind when they move.   Well, that rule went out with wearing white after Labor Day.  There is no hard and fast rule that says you can’t take your window treatments with you.   A good designer can often find a way to adapt a window treatment to a new window by redefining the style or adding fabric or trim accents.   And if all else fails, the fabric can be reworked into decorative pillows, seat covers, placemats or table cloth.

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