3 Ideas for Simple Window Treatments
Unfussy window treatments like these may be used alone or as an underlayer.
By Patricia Poore
| Illustrations by Rob Leanna
In this Arts & Crafts living room, practical roller shades can be pulled down to block sunlight or for privacy. Sheer half-curtains filter light and the view while subtly calling attention to unusual sash proportions. (Photo: William Wright)
Simple though they are, the window dressings in Jan Blomstrann’s Vermont house add an important finishing touch. In the living room as well as the kitchen, hall, and bath, sheer café curtains are hung on small rings from inside-mounted rods. Pleated lace panels look elegant in the dining room, given shape by brass tiebacks at sill level. In the bedroom, pleated panels are hung over narrow blinds mounted against the glass.
Simple treatments have one or two layers only, with no stiff or upholstered pieces (e.g., cornice or pelmet); require no extreme sewing; and are minimally embellished. Roller shades, Venetian blinds, lace or sheer panels, café curtains, and also Roman and balloon shades are most often mounted inside the window frame. Lace curtains or fabric drapery may cover a sheer “glass curtain,” shade, or blind.
Published in: Old-House Journal August 2014
Idea #1: Panels on Rings
Hung from rings on a well-chosen rod, both unlined curtains and pleated drapery panels look elegant, especially when they fall to the floor. Fabric tiebacks at the sill echo the room’s proportions.
Idea #2: Shirred Valance
In a timeless scheme, a narrow fabric valance shirred on a rod covers the header of glass curtains (lace or sheer), which filter light and provide a bit of privacy for an upstairs dormer window.
Idea #3: Panel Over Café Curtains
A decorative drapery panel adds a formal touch when mounted over café curtains at meeting-rail height. Hung from rings rather than shirred on the rod, the half curtains are easily opened and closed. Proportions and fabrics here say “bungalow,” but the two-layer scheme is perennially popular.