Friday, June 12, 2009

Layered Windows

It never fails that what I love is usually the most expensive options. Window treatments are no exception. In most cases, I love layers of window treatments. Shades, sheers and drapery. Or Shades, a secondary drapery, and a focal drapery, or shades and cornices… you get the idea. I have found with most of our installations that layers of window treatments offer our clients the most in terms of privacy, light control, and design. Of course there are situations where simple is good- contemporary loft spaces call for a clean shade style. Tropical environments with many layers of heavy drapery would seem out of place. But in so many cases a few layers adds options and sophistication to any room. Here are a few of my favorites:

Above: Mary McDonald's layered window treatments.

A beautiful tailored silk treatment including a cornice, drapery, and a wonderfully simple shade to complete the look.

This is a very simple example of layers. Both layers are similarly crafted and practical, but also beautiful. That second layer adds a lot of warmth.