Here are 65+ Window Treatment Designs to Consider for Your Home
A Jennifer Hughes
Even though curtains are meant to block out the sun, they can actually make the light shine more brightly during the day. Here, Rosemary Hallgarten's dip-dyed alpaca linen curtains in a sunny bedroom designed by White Webb in a home in Woodstock, New York.
This luxurious bedroom in (yes) a medieval Italian tower features a gorgeous draped valance and coordinating Roman shade for some added period drama.
Frances Merrill, a top-tier designer for ELLE DECOR, avoided the trap of excessive cottage chic in this sensitive redesign of a Tudor-style home. Curtains that are neutral in color and reach the floor when hung high above the windows not only ground the look, but also draw attention to the beautiful woodwork of the ceiling.
Curtains are a great way to make small windows appear larger if you're stuck with them. Here, in a 16th-century Parisian apartment with a painterly aesthetic, designer Eric Allart chose a longer curtain in a Simrane floral (the same textile that appears on the headboard and bedding) to draw the eye around the opulent room.
Designer Veere Grenney shows that a full-on valance look need not be stuffy in this bright London townhouse. Though the antique furniture and ruffles are rather conventional, a 1960s Gaetano Sciolari pendant and a modern abstract painting by Daniel Jacomet inject a welcome dose of modernity and cool.
Caterina Fabrizio is the second-generation co-owner of her family's textile house, Dedar, so you can trust that she knows how to hang curtains properly. She has fun, striped mint green shades in her main bedroom that also help to bring the outdoors in. Here's some more guidance Fabrics should be rotated with the seasons in the same way that clothing is. Fabrizio says, "The furniture is kept, but the curtains and carpets are updated."
Elizabeth Young used striped Roman shades to add visual interest to an otherwise white room in a new Houston home she designed. Zhuzh it up with fun furnishings and accessories if you're not ready to commit to patterned wallpaper in your rental or home.
Take advantage of the natural light entering your home if you have been so fortunate. Brockschmidt & Coleman, inspired by the Southern sunlight that flooded writer Walter Isaacson's New Orleans home, painted the dining room walls Farrow & Ball's Hound Lemon and chose voluminous curtains to go with it.
If you enjoy enveloping rooms in dark paint, try brightening them up with sheer curtains. The eggplant walls and white, crinkled curtains in this Brooklyn apartment were designed by Danielle Fennoy. Even Elliott, the cat, is satisfied.
With its timber paneling, star-patterned terra cotta floor tiles, and floral Pierre Frey window treatments, this cozy family room in a Sonoma, California, estate designed by Ken Fulk is giving us just the right amount of cozy Arts and Crafts vibes.
Sage will be strewn across the room, even on the curtains. The fabulous French Directoire daybed is topped with two striped sage panels by landscape architect Thomas Woltz's Virginia Victorian style.
TV personality Thom Filicia of New York City draped his windows with floor-length curtains patterned in the tiniest of gray and white checks, a move that, pro tip, not only gives the illusion of more generous windows but also adds subtle texture to the largely neutral scheme.
Only a Dior executive could pull off haute couture-style sunglasses. Mathilde Favier, a resident of Paris, chose a floral fabric by the late great French decorator Madeleine Castaing for a classic Roman shade in the breakfast room of her apartment.
This house in Pebble Beach, California, has incredible views that should be preserved at all costs. Workshop/APD, the design company, made sure the curtains wouldn't get in the way. A long, semi-sheer neutral is the perfect choice to emulate this chill attitude.
Designer Ryan Lawson gave this Connecticut Colonial a rustic, layered look by selecting thick, textured fabrics. The homeowners' bohemian art and accessories are a perfect complement to the natural fibers.
Designer Gail Davis made this New Jersey home office seem taller by hanging floor-length curtains with a subtle pattern. Meanwhile, the tiny green print helps direct your focus outdoors.
Pattern is something that no one does better than Martyn Lawrence Bullard. He used a JAB Anstoetz fabric for the window treatments and the bed curtains in this dreamy Maui home so that the tropical landscape could be brought indoors.
The French lighting designer Marie-Lise Féry's unabashedly opulent home is filled with bold color combinations. Curtains in pistachio (a Métaphores textile) and dusty pink (a Kvadrat fabric) pick up colors throughout the room, and we love it.
Take a cue from the Los Angeles home of celebrity chef Suzanne Goin and design duo Nickey Kehoe by installing dramatic, floor-length curtains with an ornate border. The checked edging of the lampshade is echoed in the curtains.
Jean-Philippe Demeyer, an antiques dealer and designer, once lived in a medieval hunting lodge. Therefore, the sumptuous rust-colored draperies at the windows were naturally aristocratic. But if you do go dark, balance it out with some cheery decor.
Does it make sense to have furniture and window treatments with contrasting patterns that clash with one another? Heidi Caillier, who decorated her home on Fox Island near Seattle with an abundance of eye-catching prints, says yes. The key is to mix and match patterns and scales, like the large floral Scalamandré print on the sofa with the smaller, geometric Katie Lee fabric on the window treatments.
Curtains a shade or two lighter than the walls are another fun touch, as demonstrated by Summer Thornton in this Chicago apartment. Be aware that the lower trim of the cashmere curtains is an exact match for the color of the de Gournay damask wallcovering.
Once the home of a duped countess, this 1920s Palm Beach villa now boasts equally extravagant furnishings thanks to interior designer Mark D. Sikes. To reorganize it, Sikes In a similar vein Everything from the furnishings to the walls to the draperies is done in a bold Fermoie stripe. Dare to do it
Up-and-coming designer Remy Renzullo took inspiration from both 20th-century design icons (like Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish) and his own childhood home to create a stunning Hamptons retreat. In this room, he experimented with a French Provençal textile, covering the walls with the fabric's reverse after using its dark blue pattern to upholster the bed and curtains.
It is not necessary for every set of curtains to reach the floor. Designer Virginia Tupker hung the drapes in this New York farmhouse's guest bedroom. The length makes it easy to see across the room, and the pattern, a Les Indiennes cotton, adds a touch of country-chic sweetness.
This Parisian apartment, designed by Lorenzo Castillo, is a kaleidoscope of patterns. The designer chose prints in the same teal, red, and cream colors as the GP & J Baker linen curtains to keep the space looking elegant rather than chaotic. Imitate their example to achieve the same level of sophistication.
Darryl Carter's townhouse in Washington, DC, was built in 1913, and at first glance it seems like an unremarkable, middle-of-the-road option. However, the designer utilized soft, citrus-hued textiles, such as the butter-yellow curtains that extended to the floor, to usher in a ray of warmth.
With the heavy, dark wood furniture in this New York apartment, designer Nathan Turner used Nicholas Herbert's floral Coromandel cotton to cover the walls and windows. After all, it's impossible to get enough of a good thing.
While you might associate floor-length curtains with a bedroom or formal living room, New York designer Tatyana Miron Ahlers proves that they belong in the kitchen as well. She hung golden drapes in her Manhattan apartment, which contrast with the cinnamon-colored banquettes and the multicolored flecks in the terrazzo flooring.
Departed author and New Orleans socialite Julia Reed collaborated with designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman to create a home that paid homage to tradition while also featuring many of Reed's own personal touches. She opted for shades in a cheery Pierre Frey stripe to give the living room a classic, timeless vibe.
This Madrid apartment once belonged to Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner, and designer Isabel López-Quesada made sure to preserve the "earthiness" that drew Gardner to Spain, while also injecting a healthy dose of glitz and glamour. López-Quesada used a white background in the bedroom, but she spruced it up with a Brunschwig & Fils fabric for the curtains and valance.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, interior designers, got ideas for their Montauk retreat from their travels to Portugal, Mexico, and Peru, and they used rolled seagrass rugs as window coverings.
When decorating a room, it is acceptable to use a variety of different patterns. This living room by Michael S. Graves can be found in a Beverly Hills home. Smith is a beautiful illustration of using floral and nature-themed prints on both furniture and walls. The patterned curtains are made from a Namay Samay fabric, completing the look.
Marie Flanigan, the interior designer who hung these curtains in a Houston family's home, hung them so that the tops of the rods protruded from the ceiling. This was done so that the curtains would frame the windows rather than cover them.
This living room in a London flat was designed by Nebihe Cihan, and its colorful sofa and accent pillows are the room's main attraction. The rest of the space, including the curtains, is kept in a muted color palette.
The living room of this Manhattan triplex, located on Fifth Avenue, is surrounded by windows on all sides. Curtains made from a Pierre Frey fabric were also included in the design by Katie Ridder.
The ceiling of the living room in a beach house on Long Island, New York, designed by Rodney Lawrence, was inspired by the mural in Grand Central Terminal. The white curtains were chosen so that they would not compete with the mural.
This living room in Cincinnati features red accents all over the design, including on the floor and on the walls. They go wonderfully with the adjacent Mondrian-inspired Porter Teleo wallcovering.
Nicole Fuller, an ED A-lister, dressed the windows of her Greenwich Village townhouse in a cream Dedar fabric to create a monochromatic canvas so bright that accent pieces really stand out. The striped curtains provide an additional layer of understated elegance.
This office in Bel Air, California uses striped sheer drapes to block out light and add a tailored touch to the space. The shade is formal, but the airy fabric makes it easy to relax by filtering sunlight rather than blocking it out entirely.
The blue edging on the curtains gives the otherwise abstractly decorated room a sense of order. Moreover, the striped border serves as a pretty window trim.
Having a bold wall is no reason to forego colorful drapes. The nearly identical blue curtains in this room add a textural element for depth to the otherwise bold decor.
These curtains are a fun, quirky addition to the room's decor because they remind us of our favorite summer fruits. The thicker fabric used to make the curtains is great for blocking out light and keeping the room cooler in the summer.
Vintage fabrics and patterns abound in the living room of actress Minnie Driver's Hollywood home. The room gets an exciting new dynamic from the contrasting patterns of the curtains and the shades without the latter becoming visually dominant. Lightweight and made to obstruct light, the shades are a stark contrast to the heavy, airy curtains.
Sasha Bikoff, an interior designer, uses earth tones to create tranquil spaces. "If you go outside and see how all those colors work together organically, you can easily apply them to a space, too," she says. This living room in the Impressionist style is airy and whimsical, like a garden.
This dark and modern Russian living room is achieved with minimal color and maximum pattern. The curtains are upholstered in luxurious fabrics, and their pattern complements the ornate details of the room's design.
The sofa in a Parisian home's library is covered in cotton damask, the armchair in silk velvet, and the slipper chair in a Mongiardino style; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV, and the Persian rug from the 19th century is a family heirloom.
The living room in this Ibiza, Spain, home features a wood-beam ceiling, a wall treatment of sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beamed floor. Quilted Braquenié fabric was used for the custom Atelier Tapissier Seigneur sofa and matching curtains; a vintage Pierre Chapo Oeil cocktail table and an Alex Katz painting adorn the mantel.
Decorator Garance Aufaure's Paris apartment features a linen toile-covered dining room wall accented with ceramics by Moustiers. The blue linen custom curtains are a beautiful addition.
Sofas in Donghia patterned velvet, Le Manach silk velvet, and a round banquette topped with a French bronze sculpture from the 1940s can be found throughout this lively London townhouse filled with custom designs. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White, and curtains are made of Jim Thompson silk.
A curtain serves as a room divider and a decorative transitional element in this industrialist San Francisco loft. The floors are polished concrete, the bookcase was custom made, and the floor sculpture is Odalisque I by Manuel Neri.
This Upper East Side home's master suite features blue walls and curtains that are a perfect match for the rest of the room's design. The armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini from the 1950s, and the painting is by Friedrich Kunath.
Curtains in this Palm Beach home are a breathable, translucent beige, mirroring the transparency of a nearby glass chair by Jacques Adnet and René Coulon. Gae Aulenti designed the cocktail table popular in the 1970s, and Radu Comsa made the concrete wall plaques.
A vintage Ico Parisi sofa and Otto Schultz chairs upholstered in Clarence House fabric are set off by neutral curtains in the living room of a London townhouse. Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the lamp.
The living room of a Long Island bachelor pad renovated for family life features airy white curtains and leather club chairs based on postwar Scandinavian designs.
Curtains in this New York City penthouse are made of a Pindler linen in a sunny mustard hue, and four mirrors hang above a mantel decorated in the Louis XVI style.
In this Oakland, California, home, the foyer gives way to a living room with a blue hue and bright blue curtains. White Dove by Benjamin Moore was used for the walls, while Stone Brown was chosen for the ceiling.
Curtains in a white and gray color scheme complement the otherwise all-white decor of this Upper East Side apartment's makeover of traditional style. A R. Catena marble table is set in the center of a white chandelier reminiscent of Diego Giacometti's style. E Steel Relics
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