indow treatments are an important factor in setting the tone and feel of a room with color, pattern, and texture. There are also functional purposes such as privacy and temperature control to keep in mind.

Selecting window treatments can be exciting and rewarding. However, before making a selection you'll want to give careful thought and consideration to the space and function of the room, the lighting and room location, and the style and atmosphere you want to create or enhance.


You may choose to work with the architectural features of your room. If however, there are aspects of the window or room configuration you would like to alter, start with the suggestions below.

Expand a narrow window by extending the rod and treatment beyond the actual perimeter of the window. Using wider panels on either side will make the window appear larger.

Reduce the appearance of a large or wide room by using vertical blinds to create a focal point that provides height. Square-up wide windows by using narrow, floor-length curtains or drapes.

Diminish the height of a large room by selecting horizontal treatments such as wood blinds, aluminum blinds, or cellular shades.



Opt for simplicity that provides adequate privacy. Try soft

shades or blinds combined with a top treatment. Certain drapery styles lend themselves to this space as well. Depending on the location of the window relative to water sources and/or humidity, you may need to consider a washable material.


Anything goes, depending upon your needs. For room

darkening, consider blinds or lined draperies. A combination of blinds and a drapery treatment will provide privacy while maintaining a softened look.


Blinds or shades are a good choice, as the room won't be

deprived of natural light. Consider whether you want the window to blend in to the surroundings, or if you would like it to be a focal point. Matching the wall/trim color or using a neutral will cause the window to visually recede. To draw attention to the window use color and pattern. Fabrics and materials should be washable.

Office, study, and family room: 

An important factor to consider is how

casual or formal you would like this space to appear. Easygoing Roman shades and woven woods provide a warm, cozy atmosphere. A combination of wood blinds and a fabric treatment would be welcoming, yet more formal.


Is natural light your preference? Or is there a need for reducing the amount of sunlight to prevent fading and reduce energy costs.

Observe how and when the sun falls upon the windows. What direction does each window face; north, south, east or west?

Southern or western exposure requires additional protection from intense sunlight. Adjustable shutters or mini-blinds work best for shielding the sun without blocking out natural light. Roman shades are a good choice with their snug window-fitting design and plush folds.

Northern or eastern exposure call for a treatments that retain warmth and provide insulation. Try a layered treatment such as cellular shades topped with fabric panels. The honeycomb shape of cellular shades is naturally insulating, making them ideal for windows and doors that require additional insulation. Metal-backed pleated shades and thermal-backed draperies also provided insulation from the elements.

You'll want to select colors and patterns to reflect your personal tastes and to complement the room design.

Style and atmosphere help create a mood. First, you must determine the style/look you're trying to achieve.

Simple Elegance Give rooms a classic look by using luxurious fabrics in swags and draperies.

Romantic Layers of floral, embroideries, jacquards and solid textures add a romantic aura to your home.

Simple Living Pair easy-wear, easy-care fabrics with distinctive hardware for a natural, uncomplicated window that suits your lifestyle.

Sheer Impact No longer just an under treatment, sheers create numerous styling options and make subtle statements.


European Style Pay homage to the best European-country looks, but retain a distinct, independent American flavor.


Color, pattern, and texture can set the tone and feel of a room. Light may be minimized or maximized, emotion is created, and energy is instilled. Start with the examples below.


Pastels in a sheer fabric of yellow or pink for curtains will maximize the warming effect of light.


A large area will appear more intimate by using a heavier fabric in darker shades of plum or burgundy.


Tones of blue and white promote tranquility and in crisp cotton will take on a very clean appearance.


Green is commonly regarded as the single most welcoming color in psychological terms, and can be used successfully in a wide variety of fabrics and settings.

Fabrics and texture serve distinct purposes and have both advantages and disadvantages depending upon their usage. Fabrics commonly used in window treatments include:


Woven fibers. This versatile fiber can be revered as a soft voile

or beefy sailcloth; brushed for texture or spun for softness. Pattern may be obtained by print or through weaving. This is a very versatile choice with easy maintenance.


Linen suggests sophistication, and is a beautiful choice for a more

formal space. This fabric is most commonly found in solids, or a slight pattern. It has a tendency to crease and drape stiffly; consequently, linen is often blended with cotton to enhance its softness.


Polyester blends well with other fibers. It is wrinkle-

resistant, resilient and easy to clean. This fabric is very receptive to dye, and therefore is often available in a wide variety of colors and printed patterns.


This includes any soft, translucent fabric (i.e., muslin, voile,

lace). These fabrics vary in opacity and gently diffuse light. Most often sheers are used as an accent underneath a more substantial fabric.