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Room With A View: Give Your Window Coverings a Makeover


Use These Interior Design Tips To Make Over Your Window Coverings

The right window treatment, whether it’s curtains, valances, sheers or panels, can turn any room’s windows into a stunning focal point. Remember — you don’t have to decide between curtains and blinds. You can have them both. In fact, when you have both, it makes it easier to change out panel curtains to create a new look from season to season and keep the blinds as a neutral constant.

Don’t fall into common decorating traps when it comes to your windows, instead follow this interior design advice to makeover your windows, and your room, for the better. Handy Tip: Start by measuring your windows first. Here we show you how.

Choosing Living Room Curtains

Consider the overall mood of the room. Do you envision a formal flair or a casual tone? Once you decide this, everything from color to texture to pattern can fall into place. A formal tone will call for distinctively upscale fabrics and prints, such as velvets, paisleys and heavy silks. A casual approach may see more practical fabrics such as cotton blends and linens.

Window coverings to compliment your space.
Room Darkening Window Treatments

Complementing Your Space

Window coverings should complement the rest of your room, not work against it. Every room has four major decorative elements: furniture (upholstery fabric or bed coverings), floor, ceiling and walls, but only one can stand out as the star of the room. NO matter what role your living room curtains are playing, be sure to hang them as close to the ceiling as possible, leaving just enough room for access. This will make your room feel bigger and your windows seem grander.

Curtain Ideas for Your Bedroom
Talita Room Darkening Panel

Curtain Ideas for Your Bedroom

This is one location where fabrics can veer into the romantic and elegant zone, more than the other rooms in your home. If you are taking a romantic approach, consider complementing it with canopy bed curtains as well. If you’re looking for a way to balance between a feminine and masculine tone, consider chevron stripes or geometric patterns. Bedrooms are one place where heavier bedroom curtains or blinds that block out the light work especially well and allow late risers to sleep in.

Window Curtans for Large Windows
Suffolk Panel Pair

How to Decorate Large Windows

When you have an extra large pretty window in a main living space, such as your living room, be sure to steer clear from letting curtains overwhelm the space. Instead, choose living room curtains that match the wall color and don’t create too much contrast for a nice complement.

Kitchen Valance Curtains Add Style to Your Windows
Bethany Valance

Adding a Little on Top

Valance curtains are a fabulous way to add style to your windows when floor-length drapes are impractical. This makes kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and foyers perfect candidates for a valance treatment. And be sure to look for matching pieces, like a table runner or placements, to complement kitchen valances.

A Tie-up Shade Can Be A Perfect Window Covering.
Jacob Tie-Up Shade

Tie One On

When a room has a casual, welcoming decorating style, then a tie-up shade can be a perfect window covering. A tie-up shade provides window coverage that lets in some light, while the ties support an easygoing, less formal mood.

Thermal Curtains Blocking out Extreme Temperatures.
Thermalogic Weathermate Thermal Solid Color Grommet-Top Panel Pair

Cool It Down

Window coverings will not only help your room look great, but they can also help manage the temperature in the room. If you have windows that get a lot of heat from the direct sun, try thermal curtains in a pretty pattern to help beautify your window while blocking out the extreme temperatures.

Layering sheers with heavier fabrics is also a nice way to achieve a full look.
Sheer Panel Pair

Layered Curtain Ideas

Two panels are not going to do it when it comes to hanging curtains. To have the right kind of fullness, be sure to make your curtains at least twice, or two and a half times, the size of your window, so that they gather nicely. Layering sheers with heavier fabrics is also a nice way to achieve a full look. You can use a double curtain rod to layer a set of sheer curtains behind a set of heavier curtains.

Looking for more window covering inspiration?

Find the perfect drapes, curtains and valances for every room in your home. Start here to browse through ideas to give your windows a fresh new makeover! Learn more about the featured window covering: Crushed Voile Panel.

12 thoughts on “Room With A View: Give Your Window Coverings a Makeover

  1. I called and requested a catalogue a few months ago and never received one. I would love to order some stuff. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sheri,

      We apologize for the delay in sending your catalog! If you call one of our customer service representatives they would love to help you with your order and to make sure you get a catalog! Their number is 800-240-6878. This link will also take you to our customer service page: Thank you so much for your feedback and letting us know!

  2. I have Plantation Shutters on all of my windows do you have suggestions for a window covering or valance that would work well with them I need some color on my windows. Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Vicki,
      From what we’ve seen in homes with plantation shutters, curtains seem to be a nice touch. If you hang the curtain rod quite a bit higher than the height of the window, you’ll elongate the wall and create the illusion of taller ceilings. You can view our full selection of curtains and other window treatments here. Hope that helps!

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  4. Have been in small cape cod home for 3 years. windows are small and are above base board heat. there is one window on 3 walls. Ceilings are 7 1/2 feet high. carpet neutral, as are walls Not sure if I want collor in bedding or in curtains. I have to make sure that windows are covered with insulating curtains here in the Northeast because of severe winteres, no matter is windows are thermal pains. Any suggestions?

    1. Virginia, thank you for commenting. Before hanging any window treatments above the baseboard heaters, check the heater’s operations manual for clearance recommendations. Warnings may include a clearance of 6 inches and not using vinyl or plastic based fabrics above the heaters. Roman shades are a classic window covering and come in a variety of styles that may suit your décor. In addition, be sure to check the product labels of the window treatments for any warnings regarding closeness to a source of heat.

      In addition, bedding is a wonderful way to add color to any bedroom. The blog post, Discover Your Best Bedroom Color Palettes and Styles and Get Coordinating, has some helpful tips for picking a color palette for your bedroom.

      Virginia, please be sure to share with us what you decide to do.

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