Ideas Window Tailored to Your Space
When it comes to designing a room, we tend to think about larger elements like the sofa or the rug before turning our attention to window treatments, but they shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, “they’re often the most complicated decision in a space,” says Ashley Gensler, founder of Loom Decor, a company that designs custom window treatments. To determine the perfect curtain or shade for your room, start by thinking about your practical needs, such as light and privacy, then consider the architecture. “If the focal point of a room is the window, you want to play it up as much as possible,” says Abby Rodriguez, vice president of Chelsea Workroom, a New York atelier specializing in made-to-order drapery. Here, the experts talk about what types of window treatments work best for various spaces and needs—and common mistakes to avoid.
For rooms that need darkness (or a dose of elegance):
Heavy drapes are a smart choice for bedrooms because of their light-blocking ability, says Gensler, and they also provide a luxurious feel in formal spaces, such as living and dining rooms. “If the molding around a window is beautiful, mount the treatment inside so as not to block this detail,” notes Rodriguez. “If it’s an ill-proportioned or small window, you may want to mount the treatment outside it to create the illusion of a larger window.” She also recommends hanging drapes as high as possible “to create a sense of grandeur.”
For showing off a spectacular view:
Opt for gauzy, dreamy sheers. If you want the best of two worlds—light pouring in but also the option for privacy—consider layering a simple roller shade underneath.
For high-traffic rooms:
Roman shades have structure, making them more substantial than other options. They are “almost like another element of the window itself, without being too fussy,” says Gensler. She likes to use the style in powder rooms, bedrooms, and offices, but they’re also a good bet for rooms with pets, kids, or radiators, where you don’t want window coverings that reach the floor.
For a minimalist look:
Prefer a window treatment that recedes into the background? Go for roller shades. “The clean lines don’t distract from the view or other decor,” says Gensler. “They tend to work well in spaces where function may come before form, like bathrooms or playrooms.”
For a tailored-to-you experience:
If it’s in your budget, choose custom window treatments rather than ready-made ones, which come in standard sizes that may not fit just right. When install time arrives, a pro will ensure they are hung properly. “To really make them lay nicely and hold their shape, you have to ‘train’ window treatments,” explains Gensler. Think steaming out wrinkles and hand-pressing the fabric into shape.