Designer Tips: Window Treatments

Designer Tips: Window Treatments

Morrone Interiors knows what a difference window treatments can make in a space but we also know how intimidating it can be to choose the right one. Don’t worry! Our designers have put together a list of their top tips for choosing the window treatments that will work best in your space. 


Tip #1: Size Matters

The absolute, most important factor in selecting the appropriate window treatments for a space is getting the correct measurements for the effect you are going for. 

Length: Some designers prefer that their drapes just barely graze the floor and some prefer that they pool a bit. Since a large percentage of our projects are more on the modern side, we like for our drapes to be as sleek as possible and normally avoid pooling. As a rule of thumb, you should hang your drapes as high as possible leaving only about an inch from the ceiling just for ease of access. If you want to go for a more luxurious look and let the bottoms of your drapes pool a bit, add 3-4 inches to the length. 

Width: To make sure your drapes don’t look too puny on your window, make sure that the width is at least twice or even two and a half times the width of the window. 



Tip #2 Privacy Please!

Most window treatments aren’t just there to look pretty, they’re also there to serve a purpose! Maybe to block out the sun on a Sunday morning when you want to sleep in or maybe just to block out your nosy neighbor. Either way, you need to take into account the amount of privacy you want your window treatments to offer. 

You can line roller shades and drapes with a blackout lining for optimal light filtering or go for a sheerer fabric if you prefer to have the sun light up your space during the day even while your shades are down. 



 Tip #3 Cut from a different cloth 

For a modern sleek look, or if you are worried that a wall of window treatments will overwhelm a smaller space, choose a solid  fabric that is very close to your wall color so that it is almost a seamless transition between the walls and windows. 

The pattern and color of your window treatments is probably the most obvious factor to consider but not the only one to keep in mind when selecting your fabric. The weight and thickness of a fabric is also extremely important. If a fabric is too heavy , the drapes may not fold properly when they are drawn but if the fabric is not heavy enough, the fabric will not fall right. 

Make sure to get a large sample of your fabric before ordering. Pleat the fabric and let it fall so that you can see the fabric’s true drape before making a huge investment. 



 Quick Tips: 

When in doubt, always opt for a 1″ curtain rod with simple finials

If you are buying prepackaged curtains, always buy them longer than you need so you can hem them (or have your tailor do it) to your exact length for a more custom look

Don’t stress about bay windows. Either do a roman shade on each window and  just one curtain on each side or, do one curtain on the left side, one where the windows meet on the left, one where the windows meet on the right, and one on the right side. 

Your windows can never be too large.