Sure, tension rods will get the job done in a pinch, but installing the right window treatments makes even a small or sparsely decorated space feel far more polished and professionally styled. Whether you opt for custom or ready-made shades, here are a few Instagram-inspired ways to seize that window of design opportunity!
It's easy to see the allure of Roman shades. These window treatments look so tailored, and they provide a pop of pattern in a neutral space. Plus, their cordless styles make them much safer for homes with young children. Their easily adjustable design is best for a kitchen or living room that gets direct sunlight, as users can pull down the shade without completely darkening the room.
Cellular- and pleated-shade styles can be pretty basic; however, displaying them in a "top-down/bottom-up" design makes them brilliant. If you want to obscure the sight of your interiors from the outside world without losing your view of the night sky, they provide understated, yet effective window coverage. "Top-down/bottom-up" window treatments are especially useful for bathrooms, as they softly filter the outside light, while providing total privacy.
These interior shutters are another window treatment option for those who want to strike that balance of natural light and total privacy in a room. Available in a range of silhouettes from full-window coverage to a shorter cafe style, they can either be affixed as a single permanent unit over a window frame, or installed as a pair that can be freely opened and shut. Most shutter styles include a tilt rod that allows you to adjust the angle of the slats, so that you can keep the shutters closed, but still see out of them.
Add softness, style, and a little bit of drama by installing a curtain rod, along with a set of full-length drapes. These can even be used in-tandem with sheers on a dual-track rod, or even hanging separately from a tension rod in the window frame for added privacy. Full-length curtains tend to provide the most room-darkening potential (especially if you opt for blackout styles), making them fabulous window treatments for a master bedroom. The curtain rod itself shouldn't be overlooked, either — there's a wide variety of hardware finishes and playful finials available that can elevate this simple detail into a striking accent.
Folks who have skylights or arch windows in their bedrooms may love the natural light that streams in ... just not when they're trying to sleep past 7 a.m. Custom- and arch-shaped shades are ideal window treatments for unusually sized windows that are harder to reach. Though you may need to rig your own system of actually opening and closing them, they offer the best of both worlds. (Just note that not all arch shades are operable, so check that feature before you buy)
Surely you're familiar with this window-treatment setup! Bamboo and other wooden-textile shades are available in a myriad of designs, from the open and airy to the impenetrably woven. Their neutral, earth-tone color makes them a much better fit for white-washed, minimalist decor styles, as opposed to dark and dramatic spaces, to keep the look in tune with a more beachy or boho aesthetic.
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