35 Window Treatment Ideas That’ll Dramatically Improve Your View
BY HADLEY MENDELSOHN
Windows can make or break a space—we can probably all agree on that. But the importance of window treatments is often overlooked. Indeed, window coverings can be functional, purely decorative, or strike a balance between the two, depending on your space and the amount of natural light you receive and prefer. Whether it’s full and flowing drapes, modern coverings, classic curtains, Roman shades, or laidback shutters, the ideas ahead are sure to inspire a better view at home.
Sheer White Curtains
If you’re lacking on windows, choose sheer panels for maximum light. It’ll help keep the room from feeling too closed off. In this space designed by 2LG Studio, they stretch all the way up to the ceiling.
Rattan blinds will let a little natural light shine in while still delivering some privacy. In interior designer Shaun Smith’s New Orleans home, this tiny bathroom is the perfect blend of refined and approachable, with a great blend of materials and prints.
If you’re afraid of overdoing it with color but want to add a little pop, choose curtains with a neutral base and a colorful trim. Or choose a reversible fabric and face the neutral hue inside. In this bedroom decorated by Arent & Pyke, the beautiful yellow florals make the curtains pop even more.
The sheepskin throw, metallic touches, and multi-hued curtains make this stylish little reading nook the perfect blend of cozy and cool. The colorful, loose curtains feel both modern and laidback. Nothing amps up the fun factor like a playful swing chair. This mod hanging chair in a living room designed by Hecker Guthrie proves our point.
“It goes against decorating 101, but using small patterns together can be easier on the eye,” says interior decorator Kristin Panitch, who designed this dreamy pink cloud of a bedroom. The matchy-matchy wallpaper, curtains, bedding, and headboard is a gorgeous backdrop for a good night sleep while the colorful throw pillows add just enough contrast.
In this kitchen designed by Malstev Design, the moody red curtains deliver a dignified sense of drama. We love how they stretch from floor to ceiling and are cinched super low to the ground for a playfully skewed proportion.
Color stretches all the way up to the high rafters in this living room designed by Thomas Jayne and William Cullum. We love how they chose to frame the windows with a gorgeous drapery that draws your eye up and doesn’t encroach into space too much. The red and blue work nicely, too, as the red is featured in the carpet, coffee table, and sofas blending everything together beautifully. Altogether, the room feels traditional and formal, country chic and casual.
Beyond the Windows
Instead of hanging curtains right over the window, create a cozy little oasis like this by hanging tall curtains in front of a window seat reading nook, as Sarah Richardson did here.
In this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke, the frosted glass windows allow for extra privacy without needing to hang any curtains. This helps maintain that clean-lined modern aesthetic.
If your home already has blinds, make it feel more personalized and refined with coordinating Roman shades. The green shades in this bedroom designed by Andrew Flesher are a fun pop of color and ensure late morning sleep-ins.
Full Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains
The master bedroom in designer Janie Molster’s home is anchored by a dramatic suzani behind the illustrious pink velvet headboard. Those curtains contribute to the sense of fullness, warmth, and energy, while the clean linens and classic chairs bring in a timeless touch. Use this space as inspiration if you think your room could use a little more depth and dimension.
Designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, these farmhouse shutters allow the occupant to adjust their access to light while also playing up the shabby chic look. It could be a fun DIY project, too, if you’re up for the woodworking challenge.
In this dream closet designed by Tasmin Johnson, the classic white shades dress down the more glamorous elements of the space. All they need is a fresh coat of paint to feel new again.
Printed Roman Shades
Use a Roman shade to add pattern to a room, or to play up an existing print. If you’re wary of it feeling too bold, keep the wall a neutral tone. Take note from this inviting living room designed by Andrew Flesher.
Tonal bedrooms with plenty of drapery curtains and canopies = instantly elevated cozy factor. Choose a neutral color for a calming, soft space. Tented in various fabrics, this bedroom designed by Benjamin Dhong is a romantic cocoon of comfort.
Hang your bathroom curtains at the midpoint of the window for visually intriguing approach. This will ensure privacy, but it also keeps things interesting style-wise. And don’t let wall-to-wall windows stop you from having a bathroom above the sink.
Tall drapes create contrast and make a room feel bigger. The bold black wall in this room gives it an edge while the light curtains, bedding, and carpet soften things up.
This mudroom plays on color, texture, and pattern. The fringed drapes are fun touch that play off the classic prints in this cheerful little transitional space designed by Eddie Ross.
Open and Airy
This dining room designed by Arent & Pyke manages to look open, romantic, and ethereal while also being grounded, formal, and versatile. That’s thanks to the warm brown leathers and woods punctuated by black details, all of which contrasts nicely with the dreamy pink sheers.
Match your wallpaper and curtains for a fully enveloped aesthetic. In this attic sanctuary designed by Mally Skok, the vibrant and warm tones of the printed wallpaper and fabric curtains make everything feel rosy. The contemporary rug and casual side table and etagere also hep ground the more traditional and formal elements of the room.
In this modern Australian abode designed by Arent & Pyke, the shutters are also the windows themselves. This allows for an easy-breezy feel and minimalist look.
Contrast patterns with a floral valance and gingham print curtain as done in this fun, whimsical living room designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey.
Designed by Hecker Guthrie, this home on the rugged Australian coast takes design cues from its natural surroundings. Natural materials, abstract shapes, moody neutrals, and plenty of light all contribute to the sense of place and style. In the bedroom, the light linen curtains still allow light to flow in during the day, but the hidden retractable blackout curtains ensure a good night sleep.
Bright and Cheerful
A dark room can look severe, so soften the style with pastel curtains. To make it feel more cohesive, match your curtains to a lamp and other accents. For example, in this living room designed by Kate Reid, the marigold curtains brighten up the high-gloss navy walls and correspond with the metallic accents and warm-toned lighting. The lavender armchair is a nice refreshing pop of pastel.
“Less conventional than your typical navy, this striking green plays well with blue, red, gray, black, and even wood tones, making it the perfect accent color for a bedroom that can easily grow with its inhabitant,” says designer Emily C. Butler.
Matchstick and Fabric Layering
Refuse to choose between two window treatment styles. Matchstick blinds serve the functional purpose of darkening the room just a tad, while fabric curtains completely block out the sun. Keep them neutral so you can have fun with vibrant bedding and accent pieces.
These neutral color-blocked curtains liven up otherwise-bland walls without being too in-your-face. Choose tones that speak to the color story in statement wall art, as done in this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke.
In this adorable room designed by Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb of Madre, everything feels as unique as it does functional (not always the easiest balance to strike!). Their clients wanted a happy bright space, so the designers “decided to go bold with coral. Orange undertones keep it from veering too pink.” The blue and white printed valences feel youthful and fun but also add some polish to the space.
A Little of Both
Florals don’t have to be super dainty, nor ornate, nor stuffy. Take this dining room designed by Joe Lucas, for example. Before renovation, the dining room felt like a passageway to the kitchen, so Lucas made it feel more like a destination— and room of its own—with a bold wall covering and a double layer of curtains. With layers of pattern and fabrics, the room feels polished and complete. Absolutely nothing is overlooked.