Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I'm a huge fan of using simple side panels on windows. Drapery panels add warmth and texture to a space, drawing the eye up from the rest of the room. If you have a spectacular view, even better! I believe window treatments should be kept simple and never be over-the-top (just say no to swags, fussy valances, tassels and fringe, etc.). The point is to frame the window with fabric, not cover or "decorate" the window into an oblivion. A great tip when hanging drapes: mount the rod as high as you can (leave just an inch or two to the ceiling); this creates height and a little drama, especially with low ceilings. Most people tend to mount the rod just above the window, which can leave the side panels to look a little sad and short. As for fabric, I love anything from a solid linen to a bold graphic print...it really depends on the the design of the space. Window treatments can definitely be an opportunity to create a "WOW" factor for a space, and they're also a great way to instantly update your decor without breaking the bank. I've rounded up some great examples of how giving your windows a little love can go a long way!