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Best of Window Treatments

by Amy Azzarito

As long as I have some privacy from neighbors’ eyes, I often find myself forgetting completely about window treatments. For me, they easily become that thing in your home that you walk by every day without even really seeing. Which must have been the reason that I lived with the bamboo blinds that came with my apartment for nearly seven years. It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally upgraded to floor-to-ceiling linen drapes. (You can sort of see them in the third slide of this slide show). For something that I thought didn’t matter, I was shocked at what a huge difference it made. When open, my new drapes let in abundant light and when closed, they frame the window in a way that I find much more pleasing. The whole effect is more airy and elegant. So as a new window treatment convert, I combed through our Sneak Peek archives for some window treatment inspiration. After all, I still need to tackle the other five windows in my apartment.  –Amy

Image above: Window treatments don’t have to only be curtains. In this Nashville home, the homeowner hung vintage pieces of stained glass to bring in some colorful light.

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Image above: Emily Henderson selected two different treatments for this bedroom makeover, opting for Décorview’s soft Roman shade above the bed and a wooden-framed, full drapery over the sliding glass door.

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Image above: Brooklyn apartment dweller Jen Chu bought an inexpensive pull-down shade and then cut all the letters out of black contact paper. She took a quote from one of her favorite films, Apocalypse Now.

Image above: This door has little Pantone reference panels for every color visible in nature outside this Northern Italian home.

Image above: Blogger Joanna Goddard’s new home has floor-to-ceiling windows. For privacy, she chose to add motorized shades installed by Décorview.

Image above: Floor-to-ceiling curtains in a neutral color really pop against a bright wall in this colorful San Francisco home.

Image above: Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho used Décorview Honeycomb shades for her daughter Ruby’s room, which virtually disappear when rolled up to let plenty of light in for playtime during the day. 

Image above: These striped shades in this California kitchen were constructed from mini blinds.

Image above: The perfect little girl’s room in Philadelphia has custom made Roman shades.

Image above: This Emily Henderson designed boy’s room features dark navy shades topped with a colorful, geometric valance from Décorview.

Image above: The curtain for this little girl’s room was made by her grandmother out of a vintage sari.

Image above: When artist Nic George had trouble finding 15-foot-long curtains, he turned to large, cotton painter’s drop cloths for his Santa Barbara home.

Image above: Just because the walls are white doesn’t mean the design scheme needs to lack pattern. This Ohio homeowner made the curtains herself and then added a translucent decal for additional privacy.

Image above: The lace curtains in this Israeli home were once a table cloth with French embroidery found at a flea market for only $2.50.

Image above: Another example of bringing in color and pattern through the window treatment, like in this London home.

Image above: In California, this home is a great example of how to use window treatments to bring a lot of drama into a room – you can’t get more dramatic than floor-length blue velvet.

Image above: White, light and airy. Perfect for a Brooklyn bedroom that is an instant refuge from the city.

Image above: The blinds for this little boy’s room in South Carolina are made of a Marimekko fabric and are guaranteed to transition from baby to little boy.

Image above: In the Hudson Valley, unlined burlap curtains provide a little privacy while still letting in natural filtered light.

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  • The Pantone slide door came around the blogosphere last year–you would have to buy these special books for many hundreds of dollars apiece. However, there is colored translucent tapes you can buy in many colors to replicate it in some way. Google “colored translucent tape”–there was a great variety on eBay in many colors and sizes. I have it bookmarked in case I want to get creative on my bathroom window!

  • We’ve come a long way on how we actually use our living spaces in todays world. Being able to display our favorite toys, games, books, Ipads, phones and everything that we really use all day long and include them in our “Decor” in “View” is just beautiful!

  • I would love to add more color to my windows, and I’ve always been a fan of stained glass. I love the 4th one down for that reason. I don’t know what Pantone is, though. Is that something I can get at a hardware store or craft store? I like the burlap too, but there’s no way it would match with stained glass haha. I’ll have to make a decision. Thanks!

  • Okay, these are absolutely beautiful! I really love the stain glass windows and how the light shines through them! I have been looking for a few different ways to spice up my windows and there are a few draperies that I really like. Looking at some more designs might help me find something that I like, thanks for sharing!

  • I like all of these but i would probably tend to stick with the traditional designs like RoyalWindowTreatments.center