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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.

    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.

    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.

    Curtain panels on rings

    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.

    Shirred valance window treatment

    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.

    Panel over cafe curtains window treatment
    Published in: Old-House Journal August 2014

    { 1 comment }

    kate thomas July 2, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Great Article! I recently did my windows with aluminium shutters .I installed Vinyl as a thin layer foam behind it.This will provide modest insulation boost to eliminate the direct radiation from coming through the window. Shutter should be opaque from outside. To reduce the impact of conduction and re-radiation, make sure they are as reflective as possible. Warmer in winter is feasible too as they are very well sealed.thewindowoutfitters helped me lot.



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