One of the most popular practices these days in regards to window treatments is layering. Not only do you get a lush look with layered treatments, you also get additional functionality such as insulation, light control, and privacy. At the heart of it, there’s one main rule to remember if you wish to get it right: sheer + opaque. Sheers provide daytime privacy without killing the light, while opaque fabrics do their job at night, shutting out the light, warding off drafts and buffering unwanted noise. As long as you stick to that golden rule of layering, you can pretty much run in any direction you want to when it comes to mixing and matching colors, patterns, and textures.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, start by simply purchasing a double-rod suspension system of your choice, some brackets, and your fabric. When you have those items, as well as your tools, you’re ready to make your windows the star of the room.
Tips & Tricks for Success
- Double rods use two poles but only one bracket, so it’s best to position brackets two to four inches above the window. Width wise, brackets should be at least 2 to 3 inches out from each side of the window.
- For rods of different size, use the thinner rod for the sheers since they will hang behind the thicker rod. Place decorative finials on the outer (thicker) rod so they can be seen.
- Think outside the box with sheers. They come in a wide array of colors, weights and patterns, so there’s no need to stick with a simple white unless you want to. Sheers in a different color can change the look of a room as light shines through them, and sheers in a print make a bold statement and showcase your decorative side.
- Adding tiebacks, holdbacks, medallions, or other hardware can give you a finished, designer look.
- Blackout panels should be used as your opaque choice if you are someone who needs complete light blockage at night.
- Think of using lace curtains as an alternative to traditional sheers.
- A third rod, as well as a textured valance or shade, can add an extra punch of depth to the space.
Layering draperies seems to be a practice that will be sticking around for quite some time. It takes a bit more effort to layer your treatments, but the final wow factor you can get from doing so will be well worth it.
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