I’ve got another reader request post for you this morning, to kick off the week! How was your weekend, by the way? It was a mix of work and relaxing for Emmett & I- which is our preferred kind of weekend over here. I also shared a spring giveaway on Saturday, if you have yet to enter… click here! Ok, today’s post is all about window treatment pairings. I get lots of questions about how I layer window treatments for a more customized look. I’m a big fan of installing inset roman shades or woven shades, as well as drapery panels for that layered look we all know and love. Textiles can really help to soften a space, and it’s a nice functional pairing that can also add extra privacy or light filtration. Today I’ve rounded up lots of readymade pairings for you (shades paired with drapery panels), if your window treatments or drapery dilemma has you stumped. Click through to check out the pairings and to get some design tips…
The most asked about window treatments in my house is definitely the combination in our formal living room. I mixed and high and low for this one… budget friendly roman shades with custom drapery panels. Regardless of the price or the pairing, it’s the layered look that I keep coming back to and repeating throughout our home: a shade paired with panels.
It’s especially functional in our home because we have multiple sets of French doors flanked by windows. Without adding bulky window treatments or shades to our doors, having drapery panels that can easily slide all the way to the center of the doors, creating a beautiful and functional look.
This layered look works well on any windows though… whether you have doors anchoring the vignette, or not. It’s also visually pleasing with center draw curtains, or left & right draw drapery panels. In our guest bedroom, pictured below, you can see another good example of how I layered drapery panels over a simple woven shade. Ready to see some favorite pairings?
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01: relaxed roman // 02: blush panel // 03: blue roman // 04: striped curtain // 05: dark woven // 06: hem stripe panel // 07: light woven // 08: green velvet panel // 09: striped roman // 10: grey pinch pleat // 11: linen roman // 12: white blackout // 13: ribbon roman // 14: pinch pleat velvet // 15: medium woven // 16: blue velvet
Hopefully these winning combinations will get your wheels turning! It’s always a good idea to keep contrast and texture in mind. The ones most similar to the vignettes in my home include: #5 with #6 and #15 with #16.
Why layer shades and drapery panels or curtains in the first place? Here are five of my top reasons…
- Aesthetic Purposes // They add softness to a space and look more custom when layered.
- Additional Privacy // They can provide additional privacy if your shades don’t include a privacy liner.
- Less Light Filtration // If your shades don’t have a blackout liner, layering adds an additional room darkening barrier.
- Interesting Window & Door Layouts // In unique layouts (like my French door situation), layering can make more sense from a functional point-of-view.
- Better Balance // They can really make your windows appear larger and provide better balance to a space.
Well done window treatments does not always have to be custom or super expensive. If you are curious to learn about the custom route, click here. Otherwise, check out this post on how to install casual linen readymade drapery panels, like you see pictured above in our primary bedroom. You can achieve beautiful and designerly window treatments in a variety of ways, based on your aesthetic and budget!
Hit me with your window treatments, drapery, or shade questions in the comment section below. I’d be happy to help! For those of you that requested some pairing ideas, I hope this post was helpful and helps to jumpstart the brainstorming process. Window treatments truly depend on the style of your home, functionality for your family, and your personal aesthetic.