How to Layer Window Treatments

Katie Christopher
Updated December 22, 2021
layered window treatments
This layered window treatment look uses cellular shades as the base with drapes as the layer. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Layering window treatments properly instantly adds depth and dimension to your windows.

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In addition to adding style to your room, layered window treatments also increase insulation, block incoming light and provide more privacy than when window treatments are used alone. Whether you prefer valances, drapery, or a combination of both, layering window treatments with blinds and shades is a simple way to give your home a more vibrant look. Follow these three steps to layer your window treatments like an interior design pro

1. Pick a base

Decide whether you want to go with a formal or casual look, as that will dictate which blinds or shades will look best in your home. 

roman shades layered with drapery in bedroom
For a more elegant look, start with roman or sheer shades as the base. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

An informal look can be achieved by using woven wood or cellular shades as the first window treatment layer. 

2. Choose a layer

Once you decide on a base window treatment, it’s time to start layering. Valances and drapery panels are both good options. If you’re going for a lighter look, layer your existing window treatment with sheer curtains. If you picked a solid base, you might want to layer a lively patterned curtain on top to add interest to the space. Create a formal look by layering drapery panels and valances together. Whether you’re layering for function or fashion, pick something that suits your style to really make your space pop. 

3. Hang the window treatments

After choosing your base window treatment and layer, you’ll need to decide on a length for your window treatments. Floor length provides a finished look. Keep panels even with the ground, or leave them puddled for more visual interest. You also have the options of hanging your curtain rod from the ceiling or directly above the window. To make your walls appear taller, hang your curtains from the ceiling. 

Layering window treatments adds interest and functionality to your home. By increasing insulation, light control and privacy, you’re making your home a more comfortable environment.

Do you have any creative window treatment ideas you use in your home? Share them in the comments section below!

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