Choosing Window Coverings

If you are browsing our designs you will often see the use of beautiful textiles as window coverings. When we are finalizing a space we are always excited by the finishing touch of drapery. They make a space feel more luxurious and complete. The process of choosing the perfect drapes for a window comes down to a few key elements. We look at size, shape, style and overall design of the space. See below for some ideas of how we have used them in our designs and how to choose window coverings for yours.

ROMAN SHADES

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Roman shades are an excellent choice to cover a series of windows that are close together. They also work great for smaller windows.

They can be clean and minimal (as seen above), or slightly softer looking like the feminine girls room below.

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SIMPLE WHITE LINEN

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White classic linen is one of our favorites. We love the way it allows natural light to softly filter in. In both the kitchen nook above and the living room below the white linen creates a luxurious feel. White linen is a great choice when you want to add an element of subtle sophistication.

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PATTERN

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Don’t be afraid to use a patterned drape. We love layering with patterns in a space to create more interest and dimension.

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The drapery in these rooms are a tone on tone match of the rugs and pillows used in the space. Notice the neutrals in this sophisticated living room are all reflected in the mix of textiles.

DEFINE A SPACE

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This is a great example of how drapes can be used to define a space. The drapery in this corner office show off the outdoor ocean views and create an intimate setting in a larger room for a desk or sitting area.

HARDWARE

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The drapery hardware is a very important element in a room. We choose from brass, iron, silver, whichever metal highlights the fabric. Usually the hardware gives the window coverings a punch, it stands out and adds to the overall beauty of the design. In this room we used a unique curved brass rod to add character and work with the round architecture of the room.

We hope you have enjoyed these examples of how we like to choose drapery and have fun as you decide which look is best for your space. See below for some of our favorite picks for drapery available right now. Have a great day!

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16 thoughts on “Choosing Window Coverings

  1. Alex Jennings says:

    I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I should replace my windows. I really like the white ones that you’re showing in these pictures. Did you make these drapes yourself or did you get them somewhere? They make a lovely addition to the windows and the surrounding furniture.

  2. Delores Lyon says:

    Thanks for sharing these different window treatment designs! I agree that the simple white linen is a great choice for most windows, especially since they help create that light, airy atmosphere. In fact, I would love to get some new white drapes for my living room windows. I’ll be sure to start looking around for white linen to get that perfect look!

  3. Brandon Roberts says:

    These window designs look amazing. My wife and I just moved into a new home, and she really would like to do something to the windows in order to add her own twist to our home. I can’t wait to show my wife these great looking designs. I know she is going to love them.

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  5. Danielle says:

    These window coverings are so beautiful!

    Do you prefer outside mount Roman Shades? I can’t decide between inside or outside for our windows. They are pretty deep but they don’t have nice white trim around them.

    • admin says:

      Depends on how much light a room gets. I do outside Romans to let more light in, because I can take them above the window. Hope that helps.

  6. Ethel says:

    All these pictures are perfect examples of how window coverings can change the way a room feels. I like how each picture features a room that has it’s own design and it always looks well put together. Knowing that the shape and style of the drape or other window covering can change the look of the window, really helps you choose what will look best for your type of window. Thank you for the insight! When I redesign my bedroom I will keep this in mind.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Can you share where to find curved curtain rods like the brass/gold ones you used? I found some on Urban Nest, but they are more burnished than the style you used. Thanks so much.

  8. June Robinson says:

    I am currently redecorating my house, and I have been completely lost as far as windows go. I love this post because it gives me tons of different ideas I can try out! I really like the idea of using white linen to allow some natural sunlight to get through, but not letting in too much. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Michael Lee says:

    Thanks for the tips, my wife will love me now that I am a master when it comes to choosing window coverings thanks to your article! I always tell my family that if you cannot solve a problem yourself, google it! And I am so glad that I did, I love the custom window treatments I am seeing in this post and I will definitely reference this going forward when I remodel the my home.

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  11. Olivia Sherwin says:

    These are some great ideas, and I love your suggestion to use patterned curtains! I’m in the process of redecorating my living room, and one of the last things I need to decide on is new curtains. I love the first picture of a patterned design, so I’ll definitely look for something along those lines. Thanks for sharing!

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