Have you ever wondered about the best way to decorate your windows? If so, here are 4 of the most common styles of window treatments, including: curtain combos, plantation shutters, black and white, and mix and match style.

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Curtain Combos
Valances provide a streamlined look by hiding drapery hardware. Designer Troy Beasley pairs a valance with cream panels trimmed in brown to add warmth to the bedroom while still letting in a little natural light. Source: HGTV

Plantation Shutters
“These are less window furnishings and more an architectural feature,” says Chrissie Jeffrey of No Chintz. Shutters are chic and smart, and allow light and air in while maintaining privacy. They’re good in situations where curtains might not fare so well, such as bathroom windows. Consider using them in a boy’s room, if a fabric option isn’t the right fit, or to disguise an ugly outlook. “Shutters let in a lot of light, so if you wanted to soften the brightness you’d be better going for a translucent roller blind,” advises Chrissie. “Shutters don’t provide full block out for sleeping, but are good light filters.” Shutters are adjusted with a tilt bar, positioned in the middle. Note that the name doesn’t mean they are produced from plantation timber – in fact, many modern shutters are often not made of timber – but it refers to a style of house that they
were found on. Source: InsideOut

Black and White
“I wanted it to look less boring and more like a smart butler’s pantry,” designer Lilly Bunn says of this New York City kitchen. The Roman shade is made from Holland & Sherry’s Belfour linen, and the existing cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black. Source: HouseBeautiful

Mix and Match Style
Be careful when selecting patterns. Window treatments that are too bold or busy can take away from other décor throughout the room. However, a simple print can bring a room to life. Be sure the pattern you choose creates the right balance.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix and match. If you have a room with floor-length windows or glass doors as well as a standard sized window or two, it’s okay to have different styles of treatments. For example, some homeowners may choose elegant drapes for the larger windows and simple Roman shades for the others. It’s okay to change up the style so long as the fabrics match. Source: Decoist


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