Window Treatments: Dos and Don’ts

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Custom window treatments are the finishing touches that elevate a room’s aesthetic, akin to how jewelry enhances attire. Window fashions have been integral to our company since its inception, beginning as a drapery shop-at-home service. Today, they remain a cornerstone of our comprehensive interior design offerings.

Our expertise has been exemplified in books, print and online magazines and is evident in our extensive presence in various media over our five-decade history. No better example is the most recent book by window fashions authority Charles Randall. He is the award-winning author of the best-selling window decorating series: Window Fashions, first published in 1986 with sales of more than one million copies. His 2020 book: Designer Window Fashions features 98 photos from 36 of our Decorating Den Interiors designers.

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After months of collaboration with Charles, we’ve finalized an update, incorporating new photos, including many from our latest International Dream Rooms, evaluated by interior design journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. The cover of his latest book showcases a winning room and draperies from our latest competition. Buy the book on Amazon

With this topic at the forefront of our thoughts, here are some Dos and Don’ts compiled from our collective experience and insights shared by Mr. Randall.

DO consider the type of window you have

Let a professional window treatment expert help with windows that have unusual shapes.

Whether it’s an arch, a bow or bay, a corner, a double-hung, French doors, a picture or another type, your Pressley Design & Co. design professional can help you select the type of treatment that will work best.

Tall windows require the help of our team which includes an expert window treatment installer.

DO remember that window treatments are not just about beauty

Though a simple window treatment may cover a bare window, it might not cater to all your needs. Window treatments extend beyond mere aesthetics; they encompass privacy, sun shielding, sound dampening, and beyond. Your custom window treatment consultant will engage you with tailored inquiries to pinpoint the specific features and advantages you seek.

DO consider the wide variety of options for your window treatments

Custom drapery can frame your windows as stationary drapery panels or close fully for privacy and insulation from heat and cold.

Draperies introduce softness and texture, while also serving as sound absorbers and insulators. They can be drawn closed or left open, among other functions.

Kitchens and bathrooms often require simpler window treatments; Top treatments, blinds and shades.

Top treatments offer boundless options, encouraging both designers and clients to embark on imaginative journeys. Sometimes, all it takes is a cornice or valance to inject vibrancy into a space. And with intriguing names like cascades and jabots, the possibilities become even more captivating.

Fabric shades are clean-edged and neat and can take a back seat to beautiful architectural details when up and out of the way or add stunning emphasis.

Whether standing alone or serving as a striking complement to other window treatments, shades offer a diverse array of shapes and configurations. Fabric shades, often referred to as “soft” shades, boast crisp edges and a tidy appearance. They can discreetly recede when raised, allowing architectural features to shine, or become focal points themselves, adding striking emphasis to the space.

Shutters allow you to adjust the amount of natural light entering the room. With easy manipulation of slats, you can diffuse light, reduce glare, or close all. They also add value to your home.

Shutters and blinds can fill a variety of roles. They can interface with any interior due to the range of colors, materials, stains, and decorative features.

It may be necessary to combine different types of treatments as seen here.

When one concept is not enough, DO explore the beauty of combining different types of treatments.

DON’T forget to consider decorative hardware and trim

Drapery hardware is the crowning jewel for your custom window treatments. Ask your professional to show you the many beautiful variations available.

These elements customize your treatment and add individuality. The range of materials available is huge and amazing.

The most important DON’T is don’t forget to call your Pressley Design & Co. professional for the best in custom window treatments.


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