There are many different ways to "treat" windows, which is another way of referring to all the accessories used to decorate a window, such as shades, curtains, draperies, blinds, shutters, etc. And they are often used in combinations to create both privacy and a beautiful addition to a room. • The window seen in the inset photo shows a nicely proportioned living room window with a very clean and simple treatment of white wood shutters. The shutters function appropriately to provide privacy and shade, and the white wood is a classic material appropriate for many settings. But as you can see in the other photograph, the addition of simple fabric panels on each side of the window not only softens and adds texture, but it also helps to bring focus to the architecture of the room by accentuating the setback of the window. • The choice of a very subtle striped fabric used here adds an additional textural element to the room. Window drapes and valances are often custom-made, and might include layers of silks, satins, sheers and fringes; but as seen here, even the simplest of treatments can create a sense of drama. • When you finish with the basic design elements of a room, step back and ask yourself if another layer might enhance the overall look. Remember, it's your space to let your personality shine in, and what better place for that to happen than your windows?
Scott Scherschel and Chip Vogel are designers with Interior Spaces Inc. If you have a design question for Interior Spaces, email your question with a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. A solution could be used in a future article.