Curtain Call

Choosing drapes for window treatments is a challenge. But, any decorator will tell you, curtains make a room. When it comes to window treatments, it’s a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so we asked the pros for advice on narrowing down the options and selecting the right curtains for your home.

For me Height is everything. Draping ceiling to floor can make a room feel taller and more luxurious. Simple panels are one of the easiest and most popular window-treatment options. To spice up the living room’s neutral palette, Choose wide stripes and contrasting hues for a more modern look. A grommet heading, rings inserted into the top of the curtain fabric, is a contemporary and clean solution for hanging drapes. Looking to class up a dining area? To match the scale of the formal dining room, look for heavy brocade curtains.

Custom window treatments offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.