When it comes to choosing window treatments, the possibilities are literally endless. But window treatments seem to be one of the most difficult elements to choose for a space, and often the thing that people can get so wrong. Custom shades, especially, can feel very daunting and expensive, but can really transform your space. That’s why I was so thrilled to work with The Shade Store for my One Room Challenge makeover!
I knew right off the bat that I didn’t want to overwhelm this wall with long drapery panels- plus, there isn’t much room for a curtain rod to extend all the way to the right of the windows because the built-ins run so close to the window. So, I opted for sleek Roman Shades for the windows. To get to that conclusion, I had to consider a few things- and these are all of the tips that I use when choosing window treatments for clients, too!
What is basic need needs to be accomplished with your window treatments? Do you need privacy? And if so, what level or privacy do you need? Is it purely aesthetic- i.e., does your space need color or texture? Do you have any pets or kids that might pull or climb up the curtain panels? Once you figure out the basic needs of your space, you can narrow down the type. For us, we knew that we didn’t want drapery panels dragging on the ground that would overwhelm the space, and we needed them to be black-out. Our windows face directly west, and the sun is SO bright and glaring when it sets. And because we raise and lower them on a daily basis, they had to be neat and functional. So, we landed on roman shades with a black-out lining.
Choose a color that fits your windows and matches your space.
Our building is almost 100 years old, but the windows themselves have been updated. Unfortunately, the frames are black metal- I prefer white so that it blends in with the molding and is a blank slate for both the window treatments and the view- so I had to choose something that blended in seamlessly. Luckily, with the Shade Store, you can customize the color, fabric, and trim of your shades! Because I wanted to keep the space light and bright, I went with a white cotton fabric with a 2 inch black trim that matches the window casings perfectly. That way, there are no broken lines and it looks visually seamless.
Choose a classic shape that works with the bones of your space.
When it comes to choosing window treatments of any kind, you should pay extra attention to the shape you want for your treatments. With drapery panels, you can choose the pleating, drop, and length of the panels themselves so that they fit your space. I love a pinch pleat for really structured and clean drapery panels, with about a one inch break at the bottom so the tilt just slightly when they hit the floor. If you’re going for a more traditional look, you can go with a longer length that puddles on the floor, for example. And the same thing applies to Roman Shades , too! If you want a very structured look, you can go with Cascade Shades. If you want a sleek look or have a bold pattern on your shades, you can go with Flat Front Shades. I chose the Relaxed Shades for my room because although the bones of the space have lots of 90 degree angles, I wanted to embrace the romantic shape of the fireplace and give the window treatments a relaxed and not-stuffy feel.
Think about how you’re going to mount the shades on the windows.
One thing people assume is that your shades have to be mounted inside the window frame. And although that’s what I chose to do in my space to keep that continuous line from the window frame to the trim, you don’t have to do that if it doesn’t work in your space. I love a good flat front roman shade that is mounted outside of or on top of the window molding itself. It works great to extend the size of the windows and make them appear wider, or if you have a bold or large patterned fabric that you don’t want to minimize. The same applies to drapery panels- be strategic about where you hang them so that the windows appear wider and taller.
The Shade Store is so great to work with because they let you customize the drapes from start to finish. Once you decide on the style of shades that you want for your space, you get to choose the fabric. I started with the Relaxed Roman Shades in “Arctic White” canvas.
Then, I chose to run a 2.5 inch border around the shades in “Jet” black.
Then, I chose the mount option (inside).
Then, you input your measurements (the Shade Store can send out a representative to do this for you if you’re worried about getting it right!), and choose what type of control cord you want to have- plus, what side you want the cord to be on. Then, you can choose your lining- and if you’re not sure, The Shade Store gives you a little description of each option. I chose “Blackout” (and they make it like feel like a movie theater in here!)
And that’s it! You add them to your cart, and you’re done. How simple is that for custom shades? I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the only one in love with the shades (and the whole room) 🙂
How do you choose shades for your space? Are you a curtains or a shade kinda person?
A big thank you to The Shade Store for being a wonderful sponsor of the One Room Challenge!