Dallas Interior Design Blog

Drapery, shades, blinds or shutters? When it comes to window treatments, the options are truly endless. Unfortunately, more often than not, so is a homeowner’s frustration when trying to choose. With so many options, it’s easy for even the most décor savvy homeowner to become flustered.

That’s why I decided to do a series of blogs on window treatments.  I’ll guide you through the maze of options and hopefully, help you determine which option is right for you. First up is drapery, one of my favorite ways to dress up a room!

Decorative curtains or drapes do more than just provide privacy and block outside light. Drapery can completely change the look and feel of a room by adding texture, color and visual height to the space. Quality drapes can also protect valuable home furnishings from damaging UV rays.

Curtains are usually the best window treatment option if your goal is to soften the right angles of a room, insulate a room from light or outside temperatures, or absorb sound to make a room quieter. They are also great for covering glass doors, multiple adjoining windows or very large picture windows. Here are some popular drapery styles. 

Sheers in a modern bedroom.

1. Sheers. Sheers are thin drapes designed to softly filter light without obscuring outside views.  They provide limited privacy, but can be layered with other fabrics to achieve total privacy when desired.

Regal panels with gold trim.

2. Panels. Panels are “half curtains” and are usually hung in pairs to complete the look of a window. They are primarily used for decorative purposes, and are often layered over blinds or shades.

Draw drapes with inverted box pleated valance.

3. Draw drapes. Draw drapes may be completely closed to cover the window. They are designed to block out light and provide privacy. Two-way draw drapery opens in the middle and separates to each side of the window. One-way draw drapery opens from one side and is commonly used for patio or sliding doors.

Draw drapes with swag valance.

4. Over-draperies. Over-draperies are purely decorative and can be used alone or layered over blinds or other drapery. Window scarves, swags and valances are all examples of over-draperies. 

Whimsical cafe curtains in pink.

5. Café curtains. Café curtains are short curtains often used in kitchens and casual dining areas. They are an economical way of screening the lower part of a window for privacy. They do not cover the entire window.

Check back soon for my next blog on window treatments. Next up: versatile shades!


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