Dressed For Suc­cess

Win­dow treat­ments should do more than sim­ply hang about.

Australian House & Garden - - News - TEXT Natalie Wal­ton

Get the hang of win­dow treat­ments.

Cur­tains, blinds and shut­ters are the quiet achiev­ers of in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing. On the one hand, they are ter­rif­i­cally prac­ti­cal, pro­vid­ing pri­vacy, fil­ter­ing strong sun­light or ob­scur­ing a not-so-de­sir­able view. But they also help set the mood and tone of a room. Sheer cur­tains soften a space, while bold fab­rics can act as an art­work when the drapes or blinds are drawn.

Al­most ev­ery room re­quires some sort of win­dow treat­ment. Be­fore you com­mit to a style, con­sider the fol­low­ing. First, think about your prac­ti­cal needs: do you need com­plete dark­ness in a bed­room, or just to shade a space while re­tain­ing a view? Next, con­sider the aes­thet­ics. Do you want the win­dow dress­ing to be a fea­ture or re­cede into the back­ground? Will the cov­er­ing fit in with what’s there or will it be the start­ing point for a whole-room makeover? Here are some ideas to think about…

In a bold mono­chrome scheme, white sheers bal­ance the dark, mas­cu­line el­e­ments. The S-fold style of the cur­tain is gen­er­ous and lux­u­ri­ous.

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