Window Coverings for Your Bedroom
Adding window treatments to your bedroom is an easy way to enhance the space’s style. Whether you’re looking for stylish and practical options like blinds or something more classic, like curtains or drapes.
Add a touch of elegance to your bedroom with a custom window treatment paired with wallpaper. Choose a coordinating fabric across both to create a fully integrated look. Read on for some ideas.
Curtains or Drapes
Curtains and drapes are popular choices for bedrooms because they add soft, tactile texture and color to a space. They’re also available in a variety of opacity levels, with blackout designs offering the most privacy and light control.
When deciding on fabric for your curtains, look at the colors and patterns used elsewhere in the room to create a cohesive design. For example, the pastel sea green curtains here highlight subtle hues in the bedlinen without overpowering the rest of the decor.
You can also try a layering effect by pairing a pleated or grommet drapery with a Roman shade or cellular shade. This takes your capacity for privacy and light control to a whole new level.
Valances, short curtains that hang from the top of the window frame, add color and style to a bedroom. They can also enhance privacy and light control. To create a cohesive look, choose a valance in a fabric that coordinates with the bedding and other window treatments in the room. A valance with a traditional style will look out of place in a modern bedroom, and vice versa.
A valance that is heavier in design can visually overwhelm a small room, so choose a lightweight fabric. A valance that features trims, such as ruffles or pleats, can date a room, so choose a more contemporary look that has less embellishment.
Consider a valance with an open swag design, which provides a soft filtered light. Or, choose Silhouette ClearViewTM Shadings, which allow you to enjoy your view of the outdoors while allowing light to filter in through the front sheer and diffuse harsh rays with the white rear sheer.
Typically made of heavier fabric, drapes have the same light-blocking capabilities as blinds. They’re also able to add texture and visual interest to a room when paired with a valance, as seen here.
Choose drapes that coordinate with the wall color to maintain a neutral look.
If you have a great view outside your bedroom windows, highlight the landscape with tall drapes that extend beyond the frame of the window. These layered curtains by the Micasa Group pull back to reveal a beautiful blue hue that enlivens the room.
Whether you’re drawn to solid or patterned curtain ideas, the right fabric can make your room feel larger. “Cotton is a good choice for most spaces since it’s inexpensive and machine-washable,” says Piercy. For a more luxe vibe, opt for textured fabrics that let natural light through but still offer privacy, like silk. Silk, however, shows water and sun damage more quickly than other fabrics, so it’s best suited for occasional use.
Roman shades offer a streamlined look that can work well with both classic and contemporary bedroom decor. Defined by adjustable horizontal slats, these window coverings are easy to clean and come in a range of style options and control mechanisms.
Unlike curtains that can take up the room around the window frame, Roman shades fold away for a sleek appearance that maximizes interior space. They are available with room-darkening and blackout lining, so you can keep the sun out when you want to sleep or block it out during the day for privacy.
You can also pair them with matching curtains or contrasting fabrics to add visual details and depth to your bedroom. The fabric you choose will also impact the light filtering and privacy capabilities of your shade. For example, if you use a room-darkening or blackout lining, it will significantly decrease the amount of sunlight that can enter your bedroom. Several Roman shade styles are available, including soft fold and flat, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your bedroom. Next article.