If you haven’t purchased new window treatments in a while, you may be wondering what is new. When I first started in business over 40 years ago everyone wanted pleated sheers and pleated antique satin draperies. But treatments have evolved and we have many more choices of products, fabrics, and styles. It is important to remember that you should make choices based upon your needs as well.
Ask yourself these questions first: Do I need privacy? Do I need light control? Do I need energy efficiency or comfort control? How will the room be used? Do I want a formal design? Do I need easy care?
Today we think in terms of layering and may need more than one treatment to solve all of our challenges. One treatment could control the privacy and another add a decorative appearance to your room. We look to shades, blinds, shutters, valances and fabric treatments to solve these problems.
Clean, simple, and tailored are the descriptions we are using today. Stationary side panels will add color and texture while framing the window. But they are only for looks – hence the description stationary – and do not have enough fabric to actually draw across the window. But these stationary panels take less fabric than traditional draw draperies and can be an affordable option for a fabric treatment. There are many different pleat options beside the traditional French pleat – inverted pleats, cartridge pleats, euro pleats, goblet pleats, 2 fold pleats or even grommets.
You can add a polished antique brass or an oil rubbed bronze decorative rod to coordinate with the other hardware in your room. Or a contemporary brushed nickel finial with black and wood accents.
For a more formal style you could add a tailored valance with soft flat pleats. This is also a good way to darken a room because the light that goes up the back of the drapery is caught by the board-mounted valance and is not reflected back into the room.
If you don’t have enough room to add panels on the sides of your windows, you might consider a roman shade. Roman shades draw up and don’t stack fabric on the sides of the window. And a flat braid trim can easily be added as an accent.
Of course there are any number of blinds or shades that could be added for privacy, light control, or energy efficiency. Even plantation shutters are a good choice for controlling light while adding a grand and classic look to your room.
Clean, simple and tailored. Today’s styles are the calm oasis for our busy lifestyles.