Thursday, March 5, 2015

Layering Window Treatments

Layering window treatments is generally not an option most people think of when choosing window treatments. Most see blinds as the perfect fit, while others feel curtains are a better option. But, sometimes using both can be both functional and beautiful. 

When window treatments are layered, they can soften a space and add texture and dimension. They can also control the light in the space and provide flexibility. Blinds can be raised and lowered to different heights when the light is streaming from the top or bottom of a window. Adding curtain panels can add insulation against cold and heat. They can also provide an added layer of light control to block light from the sides, or allow as little light entering the room as possible (perfect when you need a good nights rest).

So, how do you successfully layer window treatments? Get inspiration from these examples.

An inside mount sheer shade is paired with stationary curtain panels. The tie backs help keep the view.

Via Decor View

Outside mounted woven shades are layered with full length curtain panels hung on a return rod. The rod allows the panels to enclose the sides of the window for better light control.

Chic White Bedroom -Notice how the drapes are hung to one side
Via Swanky Decors

Rather than a blind, why not pair curtain panels with sheer draperies. Using a double rod allows both to move independently.

Top off a shade with a decorative valance. This one softens the look of the slatted blinds and adds color to the window.


Three layers? Why not. A tailored valance creates a striking frame for the coordinating roman shade and silk draperies.


Want a more casual look? You can also mount the valance under the curtain panels for a less formal look.


Dress up a roller shade by pairing it with plain or patterned curtain panels. Add a decorative rod to complete the look.

Cindy Crawford Style® Prelude Grommet-Top Drapery Panel  $40  coordinating roller shade with panel.  white lining
Via JC Penney

Patterned relax roman shades are framed with coordinating curtain panels for an elegant look.

Get creative!

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