A Few Elements to Designer-Look Window Treatments

When I look at a window treatment and know in my gut that it’s wrong, it’s almost always an issue of proportion.

Proportion is simply about relationships; in this case how each component of a window treatment relates to the other components, to the other windows and to the room. Here are some tips to make sure your proportions are always appropriate.

Fullness. Even the simplest treatment needs the correct proportions. Panels like these would go from lovely to skimpy if their fullness were not right.

Most fabrics come in 54-inch widths. Once that fabric is hemmed and shirred or pleated, you end up with about 18 inches of width, which is just not enough fullness for any but the smallest window. Penny-pinching DIYers like myself would love to make one width of fabric work, but at least one and a half widths are necessary for the proportions to be right.

I know, I know, that means more sewing. But I am reminded of my dad, who always said, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” In other words, “Better no window treatment at all than a skimpy one.”


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