Choosing a suitable look for your windows is a common query when decorating your space, and determining the look you are after is even more involved.
Do you want a fabric with pattern or bright colors? Is the fabric sheer, heavy, silky or stiff? Does your window call for a fixed panel or an operable panel with hardware that allows them to be hand-drawn or cord drawn? Do you want fullness or a more tailored look with a pleat. How about lined and interlined panels? This allows for protection of the fabric and assists with sound insulation as well. You get the picture.
There are many decisions that go into determining the style of your window coverings. However sometimes it’s just a matter of falling in love with a look and then all of your questions are answered. That fabric, that style, that color….. problem solved.
Each of these window treatments elevate the room they live in….. Whether simple and lovely, luxurious and formal, or bohemian and chic. There is spirit in all and they all enhance the space where they are used .
Consider using a decorative trim down the lead edge of the panel to turn an ordinary look into an extraordinary look. Large contrasting trim demands attention. Bold and feminine together!
In the photo above Steven Gambrel added a large geometric trim that gives personality to an otherwise simple linen window covering . Though the rest of the room seems restful, the trim dutifully draws your eye upward to take in a dazzling lacquered ceiling punctuated by staged molding.
The simple use of grosgrain ribbon or tape can transform a pattern as well. In this perfect breakfast nook the floral fabric is nicely paired with pink walls and a black and white ticking on the side chairs. By adding the contrasting and dark border around the edges of the shade, it draws your eye to the window treatment.
An inviting bedroom with soft furnishings… a fabric covered headboard, a slip-covered chair with contrasting trim on the edges of a unique valance shape. Each pattern keeps its own personality but unifies the space through color.
This is a perfect example of mixing different styles of window coverings with simple panels and a relaxed shade in a lively room that combines patterns, texture, color and art… all that define style.
Using an uncomplicated style at both windows allows the use of different fabrics. The cacophony of color and pattern and interesting textures is arresting!
Using unique window details give your room personality and enduring style. Once you define what your windows need and your preferences, all you need to do is look around to see limitless possibilities for expression.