What’s Your Window Treatment Style?

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Even though I grew up in a home with nothing but white blinds, I have come to really appreciate the style and functionality that comes from the multitudes of window treatments. Because of the vast variety of window coverings available, the decision of what to put where can be confusing and overwhelming: for that very reason I wanted to provide an easy guide to help readers determine what type of window treatment best suits each of you.

Wood Blinds and Woven Shades


Images: (Left) Luxaflex, (Right) Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful

First up are louvered wood blinds and woven wood shades. These two treatments fall into the same category because they are straightforward and minimal. They come in a variety of colors and textures, but all of your options will produce similar results – a casual space with window coverings that provide medium to dark light coverage. Go with this option if your lifestyle and tastes are ‘no fuss,’ and you place heavy importance on function.

Roman Shades


Images: Regan Billingsley Interiors, (Right) Elle Décor via Colors in Design

Fabric Roman shades are a happy medium between wood blinds, shades, and flashier styles of window coverings that we’ll discuss in a minute. Roman shades are simple in their design; they can take a minimalist approach to covering windows, or they have the option to be jazzed up (depending on your fabric and trim selection). Using a fabric shade adds softness to the space. You also have the option of using a print or woven pattern – this can add to a more “decorated” room, if that’s the look you’re after.

Drapery Panels


Image: Victoria Hagan in Architectural Digest via Stockholm Vitt

Drapery panels are closer to fancy town than fabric Roman shades are. I love using drapery panels in clients’ homes simply because they can change dramatically from casual to formal based solely on the fabric that you use. Simple cotton and linen panels are right at home in the most casual of spaces, while velvet and silk panels fit anywhere from sophisticated master bedrooms to formal dining rooms. I change the pleating at the top of the drapery accordingly; fancier pleats are reserved for more formal fabrics and spaces. Drapery panels are easy to close and operate, but all of the fabric hanging on your wall definitely creates a more decorated space. This makes these the perfect pick for anyone looking for a truly decorated room, without going too formal or traditional.

Balloon Shades


Images: (Left) Veranda Magazine via Mark D. Sikes, (Right) Carlton Varney via Architectural Digest

I put these, and other heavily pleated and decorated, valances at the top of my fancy chart. You could start with a simple room design, but once these are hung you can’t deny the formality of the space. Again, fabric selection will dictate exactly just how formal the covering is; but regardless, if you love traditional design and are looking for elaborate window coverings to finish off your space, then these are for you!

Combination Treatments


Images: (Left) Design Chic, (Right) Charlotte Moss via Pinterest

Although I started out my decorating career using the simplest shades and drapes, my taste is evolving – I now crave a mixture of window covering styles that come together in one treatment. Can’t make up your mind between simple woven shades and more stylish drapery panels? Put them together in one treatment to walk the line between casual and formal!

Now I ask which window treatment style best fits your personality? Do your current window coverings match up with your style and functional needs, or is it time for a change? Keep the conversation going and comment below!

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Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.