Curtains And Window Treatments
The Diva's Guide For How To Choose Them

Curtains And Window Treatments

Use these decorating tips for creating your perfect Curtains And Window Treatments!


Are Your windows Naked?

Do your current window treatments lack style and function?

Looking for easy window treatments in just a few steps?

What look and window treatment styles are right for your windows?

How do you get the designer custom look without paying a fortune?

Do you know the pros for calling in a designer to do it for you?

Follow along with me, your interior decorating diva with this how to choose window treatments guide and get those beautiful "custom look" window treatments you've been dreaming about!

This little window treatment guide will get your creative juices flowing, answer your questions and guide you to design the perfect curtains and window treatments for you!

Just follow the links...

Tips on measuring your windows the right way...

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Window treatment terminology: box pleat, cornice, jabot, lead edge...

Get style ideas for your next window treatment...

Blinds options: roman, balloon, woven, vertical, roll ups...

Drapery options: pinch pleats, grommet tops, rod pockets...

Lots of info here...Bookmark this page to have this Curtains and Window Treatments Guide at your fingertips! So you can come back without a hitch!

Let's get started! What should you do first?

Consider these 6 Elements

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There are many things to consider when choosing curtains and window treatments. It may seem like a daunting task, but not to worry... Start with one room at a time and consider these 6 elements:

• Mood
• Function
• Materials
• Style
• Installation
• Cost

If you have an open floor plan the curtains and window treatments should share a common element and relate somehow.

My client's living room window treatment is a bit more formal than his living room furniture dictated, but we wanted a casual elegance in the space. So I mixed formal with casual to create a casual elegant look. It's OK to mix formal style with casual but you need to bring it all together and unite the elements to create harmony in the room. I did this by using silk pillows on the sofa and a sensuous throw, to unite the silk drapery. I balanced it with casual shades on the windows.

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start with determining the mood...

All curtains and window treatments should coordinate with the overall mood of the room, IE., formal Dupioni silk draperies in a formal dining room. Although it is possible to use a formal window treatment in a more casual room, as I've already noted, many designers do this, but it doesn't always work as well when done the other way around IE., casual curtains and window treatments in a formal room.

Determine the overall mood or feel of the room. What is the mood you are trying to create in the space?

Ask yourself These Important Questions...

• What is the mood of my room and home? Is it casual, formal, dramatic, understated, fun, whimsical, minimalistic, lighthearted,...?

• What is the mood I'd like to create if I'm starting with a fresh palette?

Find inspiration for curtains and window treatments through decorating magazines and websites by looking for rooms that are similar to yours. This is a great idea if your room is empty and you're starting with a clean slate too...


Do you want privacy?

Do you want an unobstructed view, or would you like light to come in and the view to be softened with sheers or opaque shades?

Is the room dark or does it have a lot of natural light?

These are my general rules of thumb when I'm creating a window treatment:

1) I always try to make the window look larger and allow more light to come in by extending the rod a few inches on each side of the window so the drapes don't block so much of the light when open.

2)I use dummy panels on either side of the windows and a shade or sheers in between.

3)I hang the rod above the window just under the crown molding to add height to the room, especially when using a valance so it doesn't block out light.

How do you need your window coverings to function? Do you want them to open and close?

If so, would you like to open them manually or draw them open and closed with a traverse rod? Or do you just want a drapery treatment strictly for Looks and prefer them to remain stationary?(Dummy Panels)

Is there room for pulling a shade up and down? Some time there isn't because a piece of furniture is in front of the window Sometimes it's best to choose a shade without a pull string or a traverse rod. For help choosing go to Blinds And Shades

What style should you choose? The style of the window treatment will depend on the overall mood you want to create for the room, your decorating style for the room...(Country,Traditional,Contemporary,Cottage...), function, and cost(how much do you want to spend, what kind of fabric will you use?)come back for my window treatment pics page

Search for window treatments in magazines and websites that are in rooms with a similar decor style as yours.

COST How often do you like to redecorate or change things? Do you tire of your decor quickly? If so, perhaps "custom" is not right for you since they can be pricey, which leads to my next question...

How much money do you want to spend, or not?...

How handy and creative are you?

How much of the work are you willing to do yourself?

Do you have the time to finish the project?
I know I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get the look I want, are you? For me it's usually more high end than my budget could afford or what I'm willing to spend, so what do I is learn the skills to do it myself, you may not have the time or the desire, so be honest with yourself and know when to call in the big guns!

If you opt to DIY, A word of caution, make sure you're good at finishing what you start!

If you would like to go the do it yourself window treatments route, check out my

DIY WINDOW TREATMENT page for inspiration and how to...

Perhaps you don't have the time or desire to DIY so you may want to buy ready made curtains and window treatments or have them made by a professional...

Here are the pros and cons of custom drapes, curtains and window treatments verses ready made store bought.

Custom window treatments - Pros: You get exactly what you want, you get to choose your perfect fabric. The installation and pressing are often included. Done by a professional, usually very high quality, and it will show!

Custom window treatments - Cons: Pricey, An investment, usually a wait(turn around), Can't return if you change your mind for this reason I Recommend consulting with a professional interior decorator to help choose style,fabric, and a good workroom.

Ready Made/store bought window treatments - Pros: It's Possible to find quality, no turn around time. Can take back if not pleased.

Ready Made/store bought window treatments - Cons: Not always good quality,the better the quality , the more expensive, may be difficult to get exactly what you want. You may need the skills of a professional decorator to source the best quality and price. With ready made you're limited to availability, and they won't be unique to your space.You will need to press and install. i would consult with a designer on the right hardware to choose for your space.

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My tip: Do a semi-custom window treatment. How? Follow my guide to decide what you want, what you know you can do yourself, and hire the rest out.

Draw it on paper.

Purchase the blinds and/or sheers

Choose your own gorgeous fabric and drapery rods, and have the panels and/or valances made. Either hire a professional to install the window treatments, hire a decorator to help determine the design, or vice versa.


The type of fabric you choose will greatly affect how much the overall window treatment will cost, look, and feel in the room. You could also spend a fortune on the hardware, so do your research.

Choose a home decor fabric, nothing too stiff or they won't hang properly. I buy my fabric here

Silks and Velvet's are highest in cost.

To save money on fabric, I use dummy panels on either side of the windows and a shade or sheers in between.

When using draperies that will close you should at least double the width of the window in fabric.unless they're sheers, make sure they are lined, and weighted at the bottom, or they will look cheap! HGTV shows unlined drapery constantly and unless Candice or Sarah Richardson does them, they look cheap! Sorry, but they do! I cringe every time and wonder why they don't see it when they're editing?


Once you have decided on the best window treatments for the space, you'll need to determine how to hang them and with what hardware to do so. There are many rod options and hardware to choose. Like I said before, do your research!

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