Layered window treatments

Think of a layered window treatment as a happy marriage between functional and decorative components. By dressing a window in layers, you add visual interest, texture and dimension. Also, the added layers give you greater opportunity to exercise your personal style. Here is my three-step guide to designing pro-worthy layered window treatments.

A Functional Foundation

The bottommost layer of a layered window treatment should take care of your functional needs. Determine the top priority for your window treatment’s function. For example, are you looking for privacy or light control? Opt for a product that offers the necessary features and begin to build from there. To brush up on the functions that window treatments can serve, visit last week’s blog post! Common options for the foundation of a layered window treatment include roman, roller or woven wood shades, blinds, shutters and sheers. This base layer is most often adjustable, with the ability to be tilted, drawn or hidden as needed.

{To offer our client privacy and light filtering benefits, the base layer of these layered window treatments is a soft white roman shade. A custom blue-gray pleated drapery panel highlights the windows’ height. From: April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{To offer our client privacy and light filtering benefits, the base layer of these layered window treatments is a soft white roman shade. A custom blue-gray pleated drapery panel highlights the windows’ height. From: April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Style Second

Now that the foundation of your layered window treatment is squared away, we can move onto the decorative layers. This is the “fun part”, where color, fabric and texture come into consideration. Use accents like stationary drapery panels, valances and/or cornices to help frame your windows, adding depth and definition in the process. These components are the perfect places to further personify your style and carry your space’s color palette. Add visual interest with playfully printed panels or accentuate your top rail treatment with a decorative trim or tape.

{This bedroom’s white pleated drapes add depth while the sheers add a certain softness. The monochromatic wall-length layered window treatment gives the illusion of an expansive wall-to-wall window. From: Domino.}

{This bedroom’s white pleated drapes add depth while the sheers add a certain softness. The monochromatic wall-length layered window treatment gives the illusion of an expansive wall-to-wall window. From: Domino.}

Curtain call: Hardware

To top off a perfectly layered window treatment, let’s talk hardware. Rods, finials, brackets, holdbacks and tracks: when hanging curtains you need to consider the hardware just as carefully as the fabric. Even if it is just a peekaboo effect, properly picked hardware helps your window coverings to seamlessly blend with your space’s aesthetic. To keep things simple, opt for a hardware metal and finish combination that matches others already used in your space. If you are leaning towards wood accessories, select a stain that most closely matches your furniture’s finish.

{The matte black window hardware pairs oh-so-perfectly with the painted trim. The choice of color and finish not only emphasize the living room’s crisp, simplistic style, but they add a beautiful contrast to the white drapes. From: My Domaine.}

{The matte black window hardware pairs oh-so-perfectly with the painted trim. The choice of color and finish not only emphasize the living room’s crisp, simplistic style, but they add a beautiful contrast to the white drapes. From: My Domaine.}

Pairing the functional and decorative elements of layered window treatments makes for a foolproof formula. If a layered window treatment is something you desire, but remains a puzzle that you can’t quite crack without the help of a professional designer, contact us!

April Pardoe