Creative Window Treatments Ideas

Lisa Ferguson Interior Design and Decor Mentor founder, Lisa Ferguson, shares how she approaches window treatments in 3 different ways for her clients with a creative tip to each approach!

Once you have figured out the functional requirements of the window treatment, there are 3 ways to approach the form of the design….and I love bringing the unexpected to all details, including the little ones.

1. Focal point: window treatments are one of the first things you see in the space and are treated like a piece of art.

I love the technique of colour blocking fabrics, especially silks. While the idea of colour blocking isnt new, it is a huge trend I see in fashion [ especially with Diane von Furstenberg ] and its a tremendous way to bring in the exactly right colours you need to pull elements of a space together.

TIP: To get a creative colour blocking drape: Play with proportions, band sizes and colour combinations for something unexpected as shown here.

2. Primary element: window treatments create an impact but don’t steal the show.

Inside lead edge subtly contrasted banding, as shown here at 4″, is a subtle way to tie in colour and also create height by drawing the eye upward. Can I just say…the finishing details of custom curtains in no way compares to most ready mades. Drapery panels that are lined and interlined hang in a much more luxurious way.

TIP: Get creative by designing a custom embroidered detail for the inside lead edge. Your fabric and/or thread can be as much of a contrast as is needed.

Be sure to get a sample run before embroidery is done on actual fabric. You will see in this first run sample, my design didn’t connect like I had specified and it took some playing with the machines to make the pattern continuous.

Wish I could show you the after of this embroidered drapery project. It turned out ohhh so very stunning. Thing is, it was for a Canadian Celebrity client who wont allow the project to be photographed.

3. Secondary element: colourway transitions subtly with the wall and it likely is a solid or very small print.

TIP: When going this approach, I prefer to bring in as much texture as possible. [ The silk fabric on panels shown here has a gorgeous strie effect and the linen for the roman shade is a very loose two tone fabric lightly lined for the perfect amount of light and privacy ]

Because creative custom window treatments are a very favorite element for me to design for clients…..

I can’t wait for a new chat on twitter ~ #curtainchat ~starting this Monday, August 15th 12pm ET. It is hosted by a wonderful friend, Leslie Carothers  @tkpleslie and The Curtain Exchange.

The very best part is this coming monday, the special guest experts are from Traditional Home Magazine: Editor in Chief , Ann Maine; Krissa Rossbund, Senior Style Editor  and also Michael Diver, managing editor. Topic is textiles in window treatments, and if you are a designer and post images of your creative window treatments here on monday, the editors of Traditional Home will see your work!

#curtainchat questions:

  • 1. What *window questions* need to be asked B4 selecting fabrics for window treatments?
  • 2. What fabric properties should people know to ask about B4 selecting/agreeing to one?
  • 3. What was biggest fabric *mistake* you’ve seen someone use for a window treatment and why?
  • 4. What’s the most dramatic/beautiful/elegant use of fabric you’ve seen for a window! {send your links!}

Lisa Ferguson Interior Design is a full service Interior Design firm in Toronto, Ontario. Lisa Ferguson would love to talk to you about space planning, designing and styling a space expressly for you that you just can’t execute to perfection on your own. With beautiful window treatments!



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2 Responses to “Creative Window Treatments Ideas”

  1. Jacqueline Corea Says:

    I too am a huge fan of adding a little detail on the leading edge of my drapery treatments. It adds that unexpected detail that really finishes off the design. I also love how it leads the eye up the drapery, creating the sense of more height. Lovely post Lisa, great job!



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    Thank you Cynthia for linking to this post. Appreciated!

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