Let Sunshine In With Light, Bright Window Treatments

It may be cold outside, but you can add warmth with window treatments that let plenty of natural light inside.
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It's been cold, windy and gloomy here in the South, and quite frankly, I'm over it. To help lift my mood, I like to browse through amazing home designs — bright, cheerful photos are just a click away

If you're feeling blah like me, keep scrolling for inspiring window treatments that are intimate yet allow plenty of natural light inside. Spring is right around the corner, so stay strong!

Add a Little Sunshine Yellow

White Kitchen Pops With Gray and Yellow Patterns

White Kitchen Pops With Gray and Yellow Patterns

Fabric-based window treatments are a great way to balance all the hard surfaces in the kitchen while also adding pattern and color. This custom arched shade can raise and lower to control sunlight and privacy. “Whether up or down, the shade keeps the kitchen feeling sunny with splashes of yellow from this Thom Filicia fabric, Prospect in Shadow,” says the manufacturer. Continue the look by using fabric in places like lampshades (see the shades on the wall sconces), barstools, chairs and even Fido's bed.

Photo by: Calico

This all-white kitchen is already bright and airy, but the yellow-and-gray fabric Roman shades bring softness and plenty of light — whether you keep the shades down or up.

Private Yet Bright

Elegant Master Bathroom With Marble Floors

Elegant Master Bathroom With Marble Floors

A jetted tub encased by a marble deck and decorative wood base takes center stage in this elegant bathroom. Luxurious finishes, tone-on-tone neutrals and light filtered through sheer window treatments give this space a restful, spa-like feel.

Photo by: Alan Goldstein ©2009 Alan Goldstein Photography

Alan Goldstein, 2009 Alan Goldstein Photography

This bathroom is nothing short of luxurious, with marble floors, a crystal chandelier and even a flat-screen TV. The floor-to-ceiling window treatments add a private, spa-like feel to the space without compromising on natural light.

Gray But Not Dreary

Contemporary Gray Living Room

Contemporary Gray Living Room

Pink pillows and a pink plush throw add color to a room that is made up primarily of grey tones, from the light grey walls and chairs, to the dark grey drapes. A round white coffee table sits in the middle of the room on top of a gray-fringe area rug, creating a stark contrast.

Although prominently filled with dark furnishings, this living room still gets plenty of natural light through semi-sheer window treatments. Pink accents hint at springtime ahead.

Cheerful Patterns

Sunny White and Turquoise Living Room From Sarah Sees Potential

Sunny White and Turquoise Living Room From Sarah Sees Potential

As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential , Sarah completely transformed this once dark and dated living room with neutral paint and furniture and bright pops of blue decorative accents. The brown window frame was painted white and flanked by cheery white and turquoise drapes that match the chic fabric coffee table. A nautical-themed striped blue rug ties in the room's blue decor and adds warmth to the eucalyptus flooring.

Photo by: Stacey Brandford Photography

Stacey Brandford Photography

This living room features neutral furniture and walls and gets color through furnishings that are easy to switch out with each season. The subtle pop of pattern and color in the window treatments flanks the sofa for a symmetrical, cheery look.

Energetic Color Palette

Contemporary Bedroom With Vibrant Pink Bedding

Contemporary Bedroom With Vibrant Pink Bedding

Vibrant bedding in pink tones is offset by a neutral silk and wool gray area rug. Multicolored artwork and metallic nightstand lamps add dimension and sophistication to this eclectic master bedroom.

It's impossible to feel down in a brightly-decorated bedroom. The bright pink shades in the bedding carry through to the sheer, patterned window treatments that add energy to even the dreariest of days.

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Jewel Tones

Window treatments in jewel tones, which range from deep reds to subtle blues, are sophisticated and create the atmosphere of luxury in any space. Designer Jennifer Duneier says, "Jewel tones, like amethyst and turquoise, are popular mixed with soft metallics such as platinum or brushed nickel." Design by Sara Tuttle

Let the Light In

One trend that's always in style is using window treatments that allow a lot of natural light into the space. Designer Jennifer Duneier suggests to "use simple panels of sheer fabrics to add warmth to the room but still let light through. Many fabric houses are making fabulous sheers in all colors, not just white or cream. They're also using great linen blends with more contemporary patterns. Great sources include Highland Court, Beacon Hill/Robert Allen, Kravet and Lee Jofa." Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Trim It Up

Personalize window treatments with decorative embellishments. Designer Jennifer Duneier uses trim to create custom-designed treatments with store-bought pieces. "Samuel & Sons has a fabulous trim with Murano glass beads hanging from the tape that is unusual. Tapes with shells or buttons attached to them are becoming more popular as well." Photo courtesy of Allure of French and Italian Decor

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips

Natural Elements

Organic materials are bringing nature indoors. "It's all about nature-inspired and eco-friendly materials and designs," says designer Lori Gilder. "It's no longer a trend, but more of a philosophy in the evolution of design. Bamboo, matchstick blinds and natural woven shades layered with simple sheer linen panels create an elegant yet earthy sophistication in any space." Design by Kerrie Kelly

Layer Shades

"Another trend is to layer shades," says Jennifer Duneier. "A blackout shade might be installed right next to the window with a sheer shade in front of it. The Shade Store is a great resource for this, and they have a great line by Chilewich and also one by Robert Allen/Beacon Hill fabrics." Image Courtesy of Smith + Noble.


"Metallic surfaces are back in vogue," says Lori Gilder. "Silver, bronze and gold metallic fabrics layered with sheers are making a grand appearance in living rooms and bedrooms. The simple layering of these metallics draped from a classic metal rod blends beautifully with the latest color trends." Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Cheery Yellow

Brighten up a room with cheerful draperies. According to designer Lori Gilder, "Yellow epitomizes warmth and a sunny outlook toward the future." Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Fun Patterns

Instead of sticking with solid fabrics, look for ones in creative patterns. "In more contemporary and transitional interiors the use of large-scaled, geometric-patterned draperies creates a dramatic focal point within the space," says designer Lori Gilder. Design by Jamie Herzlinger

Stainless Steel

Not just a favorite for appliances anymore, stainless steel is making its way throughout the home. To incorporate this trend into your window treatments, designer Lori Gilder suggests threading stainless steel and other metallic curtain rods through simple eyelets at the top of panels to create a simple unadorned look. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

New Neutrals

Designer Lori Gilder says "charcoal and slate are the new neutrals and blend beautifully with the metallic trends." This darker neutral frames a window elegantly and adds a more sophisticated look to your room. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

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