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Our Favorite Window Treatments

Updated: Oct 9, 2022


Are you looking to refresh your space? You would be amazed at how adding new window treatments can transform your entire home. No matter the size or purpose of a space, window treatments can make or break a room, and therefore require great consideration when figuring out the right design for you. With so many different options available, we know window treatment shopping can be a bit of a task, so we've created a list of our four favorite styles that combine form and function and can help accentuate any space. Keep reading for to find out more!


Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are truly versatile. They fit the look of traditional, cottage, coastal, or tropical interior design styles best, but they can truly be used in almost any design. Interior shutters are a fantastic sun filtering option as most louvered are adjustable, and they also can help when it comes to blocking noise. Typically interior shutters are painted white although they can be finished in any color or a wood design. If you want to render a classic touch to your home space, you can never go wrong with interior wood shutters.


Interior shutters can appear bulky or view blocking since they don't lift up like shades do. However, different types of interior shutters can open inward and provide a crystal clear view. Another major pro these shutters have is their ability to work with odd shaped windows. These are a few of the many reasons why we love interior shutters. Expert tip: consider pairing shutters with drapes for a timeless appearance in main rooms such as the living room.


Roman Shades

Roman shades provide a classic look for any window. They are also available in a variety of colors and patterns to suit any décor. We recommend flat roman shades when it comes to showing off a patterned shade design while a pleated shade design gives more of a layered interest. These shades can also be paired with drapery for a classic layered feel. Roman blinds are good at blocking out light, which can be helpful in bedrooms or other rooms where you may want to create a darker environment. Blackout liners can be added to any shade design to block more light, while trim or tape can be added on the sides or bottom of the shades for a more finished look.



Woven Wood Shades

Woven wooden shades add texture and visual appeal to your kitchen windows. Some of the best interior design styles they tie in well with are traditional, classic, and coastal. This window treatment is a great way to add a sense of casual to a rather formal room, and likewise, they can also add a sense of formalness to a more relaxed room. Woven shades are pretty diverse in the material department and can be made of bamboo or reed materials as well as wood. One of our favorite elements of this window treatment is the added warmth, texture, and variety of color options. Woven shades can also become blackout shades if desired. Expert tip: pair with drapery for a more classic, formal feel.


Cornices and Valances

If your rooms are in need of some spiffing up, then you need to go for these window styled treatments. Very traditional in style, cornices and valances are typically paired with roman shades, matchstick shades, or drapery. Depending on your windows and preferred style, there are a variety of shapes you can choose. You can also go for customized fabric-based window cornices and valances for your home. Valance are hanging fabric and therefore do a great job of hiding window hardware. There are so many fabric styles, designs, and patterns to choose from to add some glamor and style to your interiors. When you enter your favorite living spaces, they should exude some liveliness. So spice it up with some gorgeous valances and stylish cornices. You can also go one step further by pairing them up with classic drapes for a timeless look.


Whatever you choose for each room in your home, make sure it fits your lifestyle along with your own personal style preferences. You can mix it up in each room or choose one style to remain consistent throughout your home. If you're not sure what would be the best window treatment option for you, reach out to Stephanie and start a conversation!




~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!

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