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5 Things to Know When Layering Window Treatments

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Layering Window Treatments: Considerations and Design Ideas

Are you thinking about layering window treatments in your home? Layering blinds, drapes, and other window treatments can provide a unique style for your home and offers superior light control. Keep reading to learn the most important considerations when you layer window treatments.

When you’re ready for new window treatments, reach out to Beyond Shades, Chicago’s custom drapes specialists who can help you every step of the way from design to installation.

1. Combine Two Soft Treatments

Pairing black-out drapes and sheer panels offer superior control over the light entering your space while providing a welcoming softness in the room. This option is great for a bedroom that needs an intimate feel while needing to block the light for sleep

2. Pair Drapes with Shades

Several different shades pair well with drapes:

Drapes and Roman Shades

Roman shades are a soft, inviting option in any room, but allow light to seep in around the edges. The drapes provide more volume to the window treatment while reducing the remaining light.

Drapes and Cellular Shades

Cellular shades provide excellent energy efficiency and add a modern feel to the room. Pairing them with a neutral color can create a look that’s both updated and classy.

Drapes and Roller Shades

Roller shades are great for shallower windows and pair well with solid-color drapes. 

3. Pair Soft and Hard Window Coverings

Blinds and shutters are two types of hard window coverings that pair well with curtains or drapes.

Curtains with Blinds

While blinds are drab and often cheap by themselves, when paired with stylish curtains, they offer a classic and traditional look perfect for formal or intimate settings like the dining room or sitting area.

If you’ve opted for stained wood blinds, pair them with curtains that compliment the rich wood stain for a cohesive look.

Drapes with Shutters

Shutters are high-end window treatments that create a rustic feel. Pair them with drapes to enhance their classic look and add some color.

4. Consider Contrasting Textures

When layering window treatments, keep an eye on contrasting textures. While mixing textures may require a professional consultation, doing it well can provide a one-of-a-kind style. Draperies over wooden shades offer a mix of intimacy and security with contrasting textures that pair well.

5. Mix Window Treatments in the Same Room

While using vastly different window treatments within the same room is often inadvisable, it’s a good option when you have different sizes or styles of windows in the same room. For example, if one window can’t support a curtain rod, use shades and pair the drapes on the other windows.

Choose Beyond Shades for All Your Window Treatments

Now that you know everything about layering window treatments, you can give your home the unique style it deserves. If you want help at any stage of the process, Beyond Shades can help. With expert knowledge and superior customer service, we’re the window treatment specialist you deserve. 

Call us today at (630) 387-9974 for a free consultation.

Rachel Gregersen
Rachel Gregersen

Owner of Beyond Shades and also an accomplished designer with 25+ years of experience specializing in interiors, architecture, and window fashions, dedicated to meeting clients' unique needs.

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