Every aspect of a homes’ design is deeply personal, subjective and based on a series of choices. Over the years I have noticed one of the last aspects of a rooms design, and often an afterthought, that can present challenges to designers and homeowners alike are window treatments. Often times we are so bogged down deciding between couches and end tables we forget about one of the most important areas of our home, the window. Windows let in natural light and filtering that light and accessorizing the openings with window treatments is of paramount importance to both the function of the window and the aesthetic of the room. So which fabric options and colors are the best?
When looking at fabrics and colors in a room I like to determine the function of the product, the window opening and the overall look, still some hard and fast guidelines can be used to ensure you are happy with the selection and get years of enjoyment out of your window treatments, even if that couch gets replaced with a new style. Remember, fabric choice plays an important role in the way window treatments influence a room. Textural interest can also be added to reinforce the impressions already prevalent in a room.
1. White Linen
Nothing is simpler and more versatile than a white linen drapery or roman shade. Linen filters light beautifully and adds a softness to a room. Linen comes in every color under the sun but there is something clean and crisp about white linen I love in bedrooms, nursery’s and family rooms. Leaving linen unlined allow the light to pass through the fabric, highlighting its texture.
Grey may seem like a harsh color for your windows but it’s a neutral that is truly timeless and is unique and distinctive. Grey solar shades filter the light, provide privacy and preserves the view, all while adding a unique decorative element into the space.
Wood is not a fabric, per se, but for our purpose we will call it a fabric. Wood is timeless and matches and adapts to almost any style and décor. Additionally, wood is durable. When choosing a treatment for our nursery, we went with a wooden shutter, depending on the louvre size they can be very traditional, classic or modern. Wood is easy to clean and an excellent option for those with allergies. Wood shutters can be painted any color or stained to match cabinetry and woodwork. Wood shades ca come in a variety of distinctive wood grains and add intimacy and distinction to offices and dens as well.
A practical and no fuss choice, especially when selecting a roman or solar shade.
5. Bold Colored Solar or Roman Shades
Choosing a dark brown or deep red shade can really have a huge impact on a room. In nurseries or office spaces adding shades in bright blocks of a variety of colors can add a real pop of interest and can create a fun atmosphere. We did this in the Total Window office and it lends an air of happiness and interest in what could otherwise be another boring office space.
6. Neutral Curtains with a Bold Contrasting Bottom Panel or Bands
A neutral cream, beige, grey or white curtain can become an instant place to echo the textures and colors in a space by simply adding a thick bottom band to the bottom or middle of the curtain in a fabric of a contrasting color and even texture.
7. Plain White or Neutral Roller Shades
White roller shades in an opaque fabric make an effective screen for privacy during the day and provide a crisp and modern alternative to sheers.
Red is a gorgeous and impactful color and can truly stand out, especially in large spaces. Lined cotton roman shade with a contrasting trimmed silk ribbon border can make the color more practical in kitchens. A few years ago we paired wood blinds with elegant red draperies at the SLS Hotel on South Beach and the results are exquisite, especially in a dining room.
Classic patterns, whether on roman shades or curtains, will always have a tremendous impact on the look of the room. Closing a wall of silk curtains with a pattern ca be a very dramatic way of changing the look and feel of a dining room from day to night and add an air of sumptuousness.
10. Silver Beaded Sheers
Beaded sheers play with light and add interest to a window and space. Beads can diffuse the light and add privacy. When sewn onto a sheer fabric this look can be soft yet dramatic and illuminate a room. Beaded panels alone can act as privacy curtains and lend a modern aesthetic to a space.