One of the many aspects of design that I truly enjoy, is dressing windows. It is just another layer in the design of a space that can be built upon and embellished. Of course, it is important to understand the basic needs of the occupants using the space. Do they need light control? Privacy? UV protection? Protection from heat and cold? Maybe the windows only need to be dressed in a way that softens the hard edges. Once the fundamentals of function have been addressed, the truly creative process of layering then begins. I liken it to fashion. There are many ways you can take a basic outfit from simple and purposeful to fabulous and stunning!
The images I’ve selected are just a small sampling of beautifully dressed windows. I have many other inspirational images that I will share for another time. In the meantime, ENJOY……
A large, graphic floral has been used as decorative side panels over a natural, woven shade. And, layered at the leading edge of the drapery panel, is a beautiful tassel tape. I love how the drapery fabric has been repeated again on the upholstered chair.
Layer, over layer, over layer. Here we see a cornice box layered over a stationary drapery under-treatment, which is layered over a flat-roman shade. And, I love the embellishments….nailhead trim on the cornice, a tassel, bead trim down the leading edge of the drapery, and a similar bead trim is repeated on the bottom edge of the roman shade.
Another beautiful, embellished window treatment. Tapes at the leading edge make such a stunning statement. It’s like a layer of jewelry…..pearls added to the little black dress.
Strong, graphic geometric on the roman shade and a grand band of navy, makes for a bold and sophisticated statement on a pair of French doors.
Another example of layered treatments. Here we see a shutter treatment being used to control light and privacy. I love shutters for their function and architectural aesthetics, but they become even more beautiful when they have been layered and softened with the addition of drapery side panels and a tailored, soft cornice top treatment. And, don’t forget the details, in this case, a layering of a simple grosgrain tape, which creates another layer and another graphic element.
Layering drapery treatments isn’t limited to just windows. You can treat your tub surround as if it were a window.
All images from my Pinterest board.
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