Your window treatments are teeming with decorative potential, it just takes a little imagination—and the right design trick. From coordinating your drapes with your wall color to create cohesiveness (and the illusion of a larger space) to layering shades for volume and contrast, here are six window treatment hacks you will wish you'd known about sooner.
1. Coordinate your drapes with your wall color to create cohesiveness.
When selecting the shade of fabric for your window treatments, the general rule of thumb is to go a shade lighter or darker than your wall color. However, if you match your drapes to the shade of your walls, you can create a cohesive, monochrome window scheme that will make the whole space seem bigger than it actually is. For classic white-walled rooms, look no further than Barn & Willow’s Off White Belgian Flax Linen Drapery. And for trendy greige walls, go for Oatmeal Belgian Flax Linen Drapery.
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2. Use patterned roller shades in lieu of artwork.
Why fill a large living room wall with a pricey oversized piece of art when you can achieve a similar effect with functional window treatments? Not only will Barn & Willow’s Blackout Roller Shades insulate your windows (and keep unwanted sunlight and sound at bay), they’re available in an array of eye-catching colors and patterns, including Pisces Amethyst and Patch Sage that can turn any size of window into an artful display.
3. Hang your rods extra high to open up a cramped space.
Since your window treatments often function as a focal point in a room, the higher towards the ceiling you place your rod, the larger and more spacious your entire room will appear. That’s why Barn & Willow recommends hanging your drapery rods at least six-inches above the frame of the window to help create the illusion of a larger, loftier space—without having to hire a contractor.
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4. Layer window treatments for volume and contrast.
A little layering can go a long way when you’re upgrading a window scheme. To create a luxe, layered look that will bring depth and dimension into any room of your home, try a combination of tone-on-tone roman shades and drapes to create a voluminous window treatment scene. Or, create contrast in your windows by pairing a patterned roller shade with a pair of colorful drapes to create an exuberant window display.
5. Use sheer drapes to open up a small space.
Searching for a chic way to open up a cramped room? Belgian Sheer Linen Drapes, in a light airy shade such as Off-White or Oatmeal are gauzy enough to let in the natural light and make a small room seem bigger and brighter than it really is without adding an unnecessary visual weight to the space.
6. Add lining to make your drapes look fuller.
The right kind of lining can make a big difference when you’re trying to create fullness for your drapes. Add privacy, blackout, or interlining to your customizable Barn & Willow drapes (unless they’re composed of Belgian sheer linen) to add a little weight to your drapes, so they’ll puddle effortlessly, look fuller, and fall better when you hang them.