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October 6, 2021

16 Window Treatment Ideas For Your Home

by Kim

Window treatments are an essential part of home décor, offering functional benefits like privacy and light control, along with beautifying a space. Are you shopping for new blinds, shades, shutters or drapery? Here are 16 window treatment ideas for your home that are guaranteed to wow.

Photo Caption: Contemporary Kitchen featuring Kirsch® Woven Shades


Woven Wood Shades

Once considered a staple of outdoor patio spaces, these natural fiber shades are all the rage, adding texture and organic beauty to your windows indoors. Made from bamboo, reeds and grasses, woven wood shades come in a variety of wood tones from light to dark. Decorative banding adds additional interest and flair. Love the look of wovens but not the light leaks? An optional room-darkening liner helps block incoming light.

Custom Roman Shades in Navy Blue Emily Henderson

Photo Caption: Emily Henderson Portland House featuring Dark Blue Roman Shades


Roman Shades

Roman shades feature soft fabric folds that add volume and visual interest to a window. They are a great alternative to drapery when you want to soften windows without all the fabric. With home décor trends favoring more modern aesthetics, Roman shades are significantly more paired back, featuring crisp, flat folds compared to bunchy looking versions common in traditional decor. These beautiful window treatments come in a wide variety of fabrics from soft neutrals to bold florals and patterns. You will certainly find a textile to match your unique décor.

Photo Caption: Modern Bathroom featuring Kirsch® Poly Shutters


White Shutters

If you’re looking for a classic and luxe window treatment for your windows, then white shutters are a great solution. Unlike other window treatment styles, shutters can actually increase the value of your home because they are more of an architectural feature, rather than purely decorative like blinds and shades. And just because they are a classic, doesn’t mean they haven’t been modernized. Hidden hardware and automation upgrades mean shutters are a great option for a wide range of home styles, from traditional to modern.

Photo Caption: Traditional Living Room featuring Kirsch® Sheer Shades


Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are a soft window covering style perfect for rooms where you want to increase privacy without darkening the room. Shadings feature soft fabric vanes that tilt and position light, while at the same time minimizing view-through from the outside. They also provide UV protection, protecting any furniture, artwork, and flooring near a window from fading. Because sheers blend into the room, they are a great window treatment to pair with curtains and drapery.

Photo Caption: Boho Living Room featuring Kirsch® Roller Shades


Roller Shades

One of the most popular window treatment styles on the market, roller shades are a no-fuss window covering that offers superior privacy and light control. These classic shades are perfect for homes with a view, because they roll completely up into the headrail when not in use – providing unobstructed views to the outside.

These simple shades are anything but boring. Rollers come in a wide variety of textiles, patterns, and colors for a look that either stands out or blends into the background.

Photo Caption: Design Milk’s Modern Living Room Makeover featuring Custom Blush Pink Drapery


Statement Drapery

Custom drapery and curtains are a luxe window treatment option offering drama and wow-factor to a space. Drapery is the most customizable window treatment solution on the market, available in a wide variety of fabrics, colors, pleat sizes and hardware options. The drapery world is literally your oyster.  Linen and velvet-like blends are the most popular fabric choices for drapery and gold hardware is increasingly popular for its ability to transcend different decorating styles.

Photo Caption: Mid Century Living Room with Kirsch® Cellular Shades


Cellular Shades

If you’re looking for a window treatment style that increases energy efficiency, than cellular shades (aka honeycomb shades) are a great way to reduce energy loss in your home. When drawn, cellular shades provide excellent insulation at the window preventing heat from escaping in the winter and entering in the summer. Aside from the functional benefits, cellular shades feature a beautiful textural appearance adding lots of visual interest in the space.

Photo Caption: Contemporary Living Room Featuring Custom Drapery & Roman Shades


Drapery Side Panels

If you love the look of drapery but don’t want to commit to all that fabric, then decorative side panels may be the perfect compromise. These curtains are completely stationary (unlike functional drapery that you can pull to open and close) and flank your window on either side. They offer the same wow-factor with less cost and still feature beautiful hardware like what is required for traditional drapery panels.

Photo Caption: Living Room designed by Velinda Hellen featuring Top-Down/Bottom-Up Roman Shades


Top-Down/Bottom-Up Shades

For maximum versatility, choose custom shades that feature Top-Down/Bottom-Up operation. Unlike traditional window treatment function, the Top-Down/Bottom-Up system allows you to position your shades anywhere within the window because the window treatment can be operated from the top-down OR the bottom-up. This feature is great for windows that look out onto an eyesore, allowing you to block the bad view without sacrificing light.

Photo Caption: Modern Bedroom featuring Kirsch® Roman Shades


Layered Window Treatments

Depending on your needs and windows, finding a single window treatment to fit all your functional requirements may be tricky, making the layered effect the best option for your space. Blinds, shades and shutters all pair well with custom drapery, and will definitely provide the most room-darkening benefits. Some shades can also be combined together into a single headrail – one sheer, one opaque, for lots of versatility.

Photo Caption: Contemporary Living Room featuring Kirsch® Banded Shades


Banded Shades

Banded Shades, also called Zebra shades, are a very modern and eye-catching window treatment style, featuring alternating sheer and opaque bands in a single shade. Choose a bold color to make these window treatments your room’s focal point or opt for a soft neutral to add some visual interest without being overwhelming.

Photo Caption: Modern Office featuring Kirsch® Automation and Kirsch® Cellular Shades


Smart Window Treatments

Years ago, operating window treatments wirelessly seemed like something only the Jetsons would have. But fast-forward to today, and nearly all window treatments can be automated. The future has arrived, folks! So why should you choose motorized window coverings? For one, ease of operation. Rather than pulling on a cord, you can move window treatments using a remote, app or even your voice. And because cords are housed on the inside, smart window treatments look more streamlined because there are no tangled, dangling strings.

Photo Caption: Moody Primary Bedroom featuring Kirsch® Vertical Shadings


Vertical Shadings

When most people think of window treatment options for sliding glass doors or floor-to-ceiling windows, they immediately picture vertical blinds with ugly vinyl slats. But there are actually a lot more vertical styles on the market and a big favorite are vertical shadings. These structural window treatments combine the look of sheers with the functionality of drapery. They are easy to use, offer amazing privacy benefits and protect your home from damaging UV light.

Hunter Douglas Upholstered Cornice and Blue Shades in Boy's Bedroom

Photo Caption: Kids Bedroom Designed by Emily Henderson featuring a Decorative Valance


Decorative Valance

A great way to up the wow factor at the window without needing to add new window treatments is to install a decorative valance. This top treatment, similar to a cornice, provides just a little something extra at the window. You can either match the valance to your window treatments OR choose a bold look for maximum decorative impact.

Photo Caption: Modern Kitchen featuring Kirsch® Blinds


Wood Blinds

Wood blinds a lovely choice for homeowners looking for a non-fabric window treatment style. Available in a wide range of slat sizes, stains, and finishes (from smooth to rustic), wood blinds are a great option that complements nearly all decorating styles.

Photo Caption: Kirsch® Custom Drapery


Grommet Drapery

Love the look of drapery, but don’t like the fussiness of traditional pleats? Then grommet top drapery panels are your answer. Featuring large metal holes, grommet curtains offer a streamlined, modern look at the window.

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Fabric junkie, who has been in the window coverings industry for 15 years. I view window coverings as a functional, yet stylish element of the room that should not be overlooked when decorating.

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