Window Treatments

FINDING THE RIGHT WINDOW TREATMENT 

Photo: Jenn Verrier

Photo: Jenn Verrier

I love natural light. The more the better. But with that said, window treatments are an absolute must. They add softness, color, pattern and texture, and they’re another opportunity to express your personal style. They also provide light control and privacy and can help hide architectural flaws in a room. However, window treatments are labor intensive and can be an investment. But don’t let stop you!

Let’s break down the mystery of finding the right treatment, starting with our favorite styles!

1.) ROMAN SHADES:

If I had to pick one go-to solution for windows, it would be Roman Shades (pictured right). You can't beat their functionality and they work almost everywhere. We tend to specify flat romans so you can raise and lower them without a lot of adjusting. They’re the least fussy.

Roman Shades can be mounted on the inside or the outside of the windowpane. If mounted outside, they can make windows appear taller and help disguise unattractive molding or window inconsistencies. They’re great in old houses where the windows or ceiling may not be perfectly level.

2.) WINDOW PANELS:

Photo: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

Photo: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

Oh, how we love window panels! They can be stationary or functional, dressed up or dressed down and can work wonders to soften your room’s hard edges, balance a wall and bring color and pattern to your space.

Window panels can be used over shades, sheers or plantation shutters (pictured right) and offer light blocking and privacy.

Window panels can also work a bit of magic. They can fix irregular window sizes, draw the eye up in a not-so-high ceiling and provide insulation and sound absorption.

3.) WINDOW TOPPERS:

Valances and cornices are decorative window toppers that are used to hide the hardware of other window treatments while also providing a more finished presentation. What’s the difference between a valance and a cornice? Good question.

A valance is a soft piece of fabric that hangs from the top of the window. It can be simple and casual, adding contrasting color or pattern or you can go with a box-pleated valance for a more traditional look.

A cornice is a hard, box-like version of a valance. We like to use cornices in our more modern installations (pictured below). Cornices work well in spaces that lack architectural details, like crown molding.

Photo: Jenn Verrier

Photo: Jenn Verrier

No matter which style you choose, there are two important lessons I’ve learned over the years I’d like to pass on; one, selecting the right products for your project is key and two, finding a good drapery workroom & installation team is essential.

If you have additional questions just drop us a note at hello@arlingtonhomeinteriors.com. We’d love to help!