Window Treatment Ideas

The aim of window treatment ideas should not only be to achieve decorative dressing designs but also address practical issues like privacy and security, the quality of light required and the scale and proportion of the windows.


Window treatments are an important aesthetic element in the overall decorative scheme. They not only act as decorative surrounds for what a window reveals, they are, in themselves, a dominant feature of the decor of the room.

The quality of light that you want to achieve is an important factor in finalizing the window treatment ideas. All window coverings modify light in some way. Heavy, lined draperies block it completely. Translucent sheers soften and diffuse it. Slatted blinds create interesting patterns of light and shade.

Window shapes and sizes affect the choice of its treatment. Regular rectilinear shapes are much easier to cover than shapes that are angled or curved.

Similarly, standard sizes are economical to treat because there is an easy access to a wide range of ready-made options, from curtains and draperies to shades and blinds.

Period-style windows, with fine details, are features in their own right. These should be left exposed to view or minimally covered wherever possible.

It is important that the window treatment should be designed so that it does not interfere with the way the window opens.

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Very small windows often look best with simple shades and blinds. They can look overwhelming by an overt treatment. On the other hand, very large windows are expensive to cover with fabric, and draperies could be heavy and difficult to operate.

Different treatments are necessary in windows of varying proportions to achieve aesthetic designs.

  • Wide Windows
    These can be visually divided by using several pairs of curtains. That makes one large window appear as several smaller ones. Combining curtains with sheers or blinds to create a layered effect reduces the impact of horizontal character of a wide window.
  • Tall Windows
    Use sill-length curtains in case of tall windows. They help by effectively truncating the perceived length of the window. If you have to use floor length curtains, extend the curtain area beyond the actual width of the window to increase its perceived width thereby striking a balance with its height. In this case when the curtains are drawn back, they will need to have enough body to fill the extra wall space.
  • Small Windows
    It is easier to do away with any window treatment in very small windows. Use light-weight fabrics and low-key headings in small windows. A layered treatment looks fussy and heavy in such cases.


The type of fabric will govern the window treatment. Fabrics made of lighter materials are quiet informal. They are flimsy and more suitable for blinds. Whereas, the weight of heavy material fabrics allow curtains to hand in smooth, regular folds, they are too bulky to fold neatly as blinds.

Fabric as a window covering is an instant way of adding color, texture and pattern to the decorative scheme. If you want the window treatment to dominate the rest of the room, choose dark, bold colors. For a softer, receding effect, choose a pale shade that matches or harmonizes with the other elements.

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Window treatment ideas using fabrics are usually successful when they are coordinated with other soft furnishings. While finalizing a decor scheme the fabric swatches should be compared to determine how they work in combination in terms of color, pattern and the type of fabric.

Lining improves the drape of most fabrics, while interlining makes the curtain lightproof. Translucent fabrics such as lace and muslin do not require lining. They create an airy, breezy feel.

Dark, heavy fabrics have a warm enclosing quality that makes a room feel more cozy and intimate.


The right accessories can transform simple window treatments into attractive features. They can enhance its overall style and add extra detail to complete the look.

In some cases, the accessories provide the opportunity to make a striking contrast with the color or pattern. In other cases, they can help accentuate the flowing lines of drapery or even define its shape.

The plainer the curtain fabric and style, the more attention will fall on the accessories. On the other hand, the more decorative the curtain, the less these details will be noticed.

You can give a boost to your window treatment ideas with the proper use of these accessories -

  • Headings
  • Trimmings
  • Tiebacks
  • Cornices

These window treatment ideas will help you achieve beautiful designs which are both practical and attractive, giving you many options to decorate your windows with style.

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