10 Stylish Ways to Dress Your Windows

Window treatments are necessary in every home for light control and privacy, but they’re also that perfect opportunity to introduce pattern, softness, and texture too! Fabric versions soften the harder edges of a space and pull color and pattern into a room to complement the other decorative choices. Here’s a peek at the variety of styles available and the advantage each provides.

Roman Shades are an elegant choice constructed of fabric and a pulley mechanism – they fold up to bring in light and down to add privacy and can be mounted inside or outside the window frame.  Flat fold options offer clean lines whereas balloon or swag Roman shades introduce curved lines. 


roman shade in kitchen bhg

 yellow roman shades in breakfast nook bhg


Did you know you can make your own roman shades ? 

no sew roman shade bhg

Follow these tips to introduce a beautiful fabric to your window without a sewing machine.


Valances.  These are smaller fabric treatments, fixed above a window and mounted outside the frame with L shaped brackets. Other blind options can be added beneath it for privacy if necessary.  A valance can be styled in several ways, pleated, ruffled, scalloped, or swag.

window valance bhg


box pleat valance bhg


burlap valance bhg


Fabric Window Panels. Long drapes of fabric that hang from rods are a timeless choice that give a room softness and height when suspended from ceiling to floor.  Window panels can be solids or patterns, casual or formal, and are hung with rings, grommets, or with a rod pocket.

ring top dining room panels bhg


rod pocket window panels bhg

 ring top panels


Sheers are a wispier and more casual alternative – they’re semi opaque curtains that provide the look of window panels and more privacy than no treatment at all, yet still allow for natural light to penetrate.

sheer drapes on window bhg

sheer curtains with ruffles bhg


Shutters.  Plantation or folding shutters are a classic option customized to fit a window, and can be used alone or layered underneath panels.

shutters on window bhg


plantation shutters on window


plantation shutters in bathroom bhg


Wood Blinds.  White or wood blinds are an affordable choice for windows and offer light control and privacy, and their streamlined design has contemporary appeal.

wood blinds in kitchen bhg


white blinds in bathroom bhg


Woven Shades.  Add instant texture to a room with affordable woven shades made of natural fibers like bamboo. This treatment is versatile since it can be hung both inside and outside a window frame and complements many different design styles. Woven shades act like Roman shades, allowing for light when open and for privacy when closed. 

woven shades in bedroom bhg


woven shade in hallway


Cafe Curtains.  This style of treatment originated in Vienna in the 1800s in street cafes. Cafe curtains are suspended on a rod halfway down the window – they add privacy below while allowing for natural light from above.

yellow cafe curtains bhg

cafe curtains on window bhg


Combination. There’s no rule that says you must choose only one!  Layering window panels over roman shades, wood blinds, or woven shades adds depth to a space adding softness, pattern, and texture to the windows.

roman shade and curtain bhg


woven shades under panels bhg


woven shades and curtains bhg


No Treatment.  If you have beautiful windows and no privacy issues, opt for no window treatment at all. This choice showcases the architectural detail of a window and welcomes natural light in spaces like sunrooms and kitchens where there’s never a need to darken the room. 

white kitchen natural light

arched kitchen window bhg


What choices have you made in your home to dress your windows?



36 Responses to “ 10 Stylish Ways to Dress Your Windows ”

  1. Love the photos! I just posted a DIY How to make your own fabric roller shades on my blog


    I used them in my bathroom, but they would look great in a kitchen too.

    Really easy & cheap!

  2. Thank you so much for this! Now all we have to do is choosing which one works best for our kitchen. Hmmmm….

  3. Thank you for posting this! It is so important to dress up your windows in every room because they can essentially be the focal point in the area.

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  7. great work done..thank you for sharing this..this is really very useful..now i also decorate my room by keeping these ideas in my mind..all patterns are very stylish..love the photos..

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  11. Lovely ideas – Do you have any ideas on dressing, without over dressing, a patio door between a dining room and conservatory? Many thanks for your consideration of this.

  12. What a stylish range to transform the windows! And that too in a modern way.Thanks a lot for sharing such innovative stuff.

  13. These ribbons will surely add up a little appeal to the windows. Thanks for such a creative post.

  14. Blinds that are made to look like real wood might actually be made of vinyl or composite wood

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  15. Blinds that are made to look like real wood might actually be made of vinyl or composite wood
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