Top Window Treatments for Living Rooms

Window treatments are the best way to add color, pattern and instant style to your living room. Discover the latest trends in window treatments and find out how to add a fresh, updated look to your space.

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Grommet Style

Tosha Scott, owner of Castle Creek Designs, has noticed a rise in requests for curtains with grommets. According to Tosha, "grommets give more of a clean look and create crisp folds." Grommet curtains can be found at custom manufacturers like Castle Creek Designs and The Shade Store, which offers a cubicle drapery with small grommets that can be hooked onto a track system. On a track, curtains with grommets open smoothly with no tugging involved. Image courtesy of Castle Creek Designs

Brighten Up With Patterns

Bold and colorful patterns can be on more than just pillows and throws. Try out some bright, patterned curtains for a statement piece in your living room. "In my shop, chevron, ikat, lattice and trellis prints are popular right now," says Tosha Scott, owner of Castle Creek Designs. The most important thing when bringing in window treatments with lots of color and pattern is to consider how other accessories will help temper the space. If you go bold with window treatments, think about bringing in some neutral furnishings that won't compete with the pattern. Image courtesy of Romo

Floor-to-Ceiling Sophistication

Floor-to-ceiling drapes are in high demand right now. Long drapes are more prevalent as homes are being built with higher ceilings and loft spaces become more popular. These drapes offer a sophisticated look, and at many places, can be customized in bright, contemporary hues for an updated appearance. According to Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks, "Eighty-four-inch curtains are the U.S. standard, but we now offer 95-inch curtains, and get requests for even longer curtains, from 108 to 120 inches, to accommodate today's homes." If you're searching for long curtains for your windows, don't be afraid to go custom and get the perfect window treatments that truly fit the unique size of your space. Photo courtesy of Curtainworks

Leave Out the Light

These environmentally friendly shades absorb heat and block UV rays, making them a modern solution for your living room. If you have brightly colored furnishings that you want to keep protected, then solar shades are an excellent option. And if your living room is in a home with an amazing view, they allow the unique flexibility of enjoying that view without letting sunlight in. Image courtesy of The Shade Store

How to Choose the Right Shade

When choosing the right solar shades for your interior, Zachary Gibbs, co-founder of The Shade Store, suggests deciding how much privacy you want and assessing how much direct sunlight your room gets. This will help you choose the exact percentage for your home. "Solar shades are woven into different densities, and the densities are measured by the amount of UV light that they permit into your space," he says. "The Shade Store offers a few different percentages; 3-percent filters block out 97 percent of the sun's UV rays, while 10-percent shades filter out 90 percent of the sun's UV rays, allowing heat protection and sun control while giving you maximum view maintenance." Image courtesy of The Shade Store

Layers of Comfort

The layered look is definitely in style when it comes to window treatments. From drapery panels to shades, these items now come lined for a number of reasons. Layers help to keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime, and also help protect furniture and decor from fading. Aesthetically, lined window treatments offer a high-end look. "Layers provide energy-saving qualities and make the face fabric hang much nicer for a custom look," says Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks. Image courtesy of Curtainworks

Dressed-Up Shades

According to Zachary Gibbs, co-founder of The Shade Store, "Roman shades have been around for generations." And with custom offerings, there are now more options than ever to create the perfect shade with the right style for your living room. From classic pleats to cascade designs, these shades are no longer considered casual and can be used to dress up the living room and take your decor up a notch. "Customers who want to make a big impression with their shades can choose from our exclusive designer fabric collections," says Zachary. Beyond their fabric collections, The Shade Store also offers unique add-on features to help you maintain light control and privacy in your living area. Image courtesy of The Shade Store

Steel Hardware

"Simple hardware is a big trend right now," says Zachary Gibbs, co-founder of The Shade Store. "We are getting away from the chunky look and moving toward clean, sophisticated hardware." Steel hardware in unique finishes like chrome, brass and antique bronze are especially attractive, adding a unique feel to any living room. For a more rustic or vintage interior, antique bronze may be the perfect fit, while for a modern and streamlined space, you may want to go with polished nickel or chrome. Think of these pieces as the final accessories to bring your window treatment look together. Design by Kerry Howard

Clean and Classic Holdbacks

Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks, claims that hardware is getting more architectural. "The shapes on finials and decorative holdbacks have become simpler and share some aspects of architectural details. Hardware today is moving away from very ornate design, and moving toward classic and cleaner lines," she says. Look for hardware that complements your window treatments, instead of competing with them. Holdbacks with the look of antique crystal or lace will add a touch of elegance to a drapery. Or if you have an industrial interior, look for holdbacks with a geometric pattern. Image courtesy of Curtainworks