The Best Window Treatments for Every Decorating Style

Linda Pastor Hodnett
Updated June 27, 2016
An open kitchen with window treatments.
Choose the right window treatments to compliment your home’s décor and create a cohesive space. (Image courtesy of Decorview.)

Choosing the right window treatments can considerably alter the look of your home.

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Regardless of whether you live in a modern new construction home or a character-rich historic house, you can find the best window treatments for your home’s unique decorating style by following this guide. 

Modern

For modern spaces, choose window treatments that match the clean lines and streamlined look favored by this design style, such as custom roller and screen shades.

The flat appearance of these window coverings means that they won’t take up too much visual weight in the room, making it a perfect option for homeowners that prefer a minimalist approach to decorating. When raised, shades disappear discreetly into the headrail and valance.

For the ultimate modern look, upgrade to motorized shades. The PowerView™ system from Hunter Douglas offers smart home functionality with a cordless and uncluttered look at the window. 

Transitional

One of the most popular decorating styles today, the transitional design style combines the clean lines of modern spaces with the comfort and character of a traditional home.

Roman and sheer shades are perfect window treatment styles to match a transitional design aesthetic, offering exceptional visual interest while maintaining a light and streamlined look at the window.

Blinds, particularly those with large slats, create a timeless look that works well in transitional homes. 

Beach cottage

Plantation-style shutters are the ideal window treatment style for beach-themed homes, adding beautiful character and architectural detail to the windows.

Choose white shutters to complement the light and airy feel that is popular with this design style or opt for a distressed gray finish for a more rustic cottage look.

Beach homes exposed to persistent heat and moisture should choose faux wood shutters over hardwood styles for maximum longevity. For example, Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ shutters are incredibly durable and are guaranteed never to warp, yellow, bow or crack over time. 

Traditional

Traditional homes are known for rich wood accents, neutral color palettes, luxe furnishings and lots of visual interest. High impact window treatments, like beautiful custom drapery, sweeping valances and real wood shutters, perfectly complement this decorating style by adding warmth and character to the home.

If you choose custom drapery, keep your windows from looking gaudy by balancing a high impact feature with understated elements. For example, if you select hardware featuring Swarovski crystal accents, keep fabric panels more understated and decorative elements, like tape and trim, to a minimum.

Still not sure what window treatment style would look best for your home? Sign-up for a free in-home design consultation with a window coverings expert. Our professional designers have years of experience decorating in a variety of design styles and will be able to help you choose the perfect solution for your windows. 

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