Window treatments can really transform a room – they’re a functional design piece and play a huge role in privacy and balancing out a space. Read on for our recommendations on when to use shades, curtains, or both.

When to use shades/blinds:

  • The window is close to a corner or an object (fireplace, nightstand, cabinets, shelving, etc.)
    • We prefer the look of curtains when there’s room to breathe, so if you’re tight on space, opt for shades.
  • Bay windows
    • 90% of the time, we recommend using shades in bay windows, especially if there’s seating involved. However, if your bay windows are large and serve as an extension of the room (rather than a functional seating area), we love the look of curtains.
  • Over the sink windows
    • If you’re looking for privacy while in the kitchen, blinds are the best option. Select a blind style that’s easy to clean/wipe down (not a roller shade made with stainable fabric)

When to use curtains:

  • Windows that have lots of space on both sides
    • Curtains are ideal when there’s room to fill. Not only do they take up wall space, but they soften a room and add texture to a blank wall.
  • Sets of windows (also can combine curtains and shades!)
    • If privacy isn’t a concern, curtains that frame sets of windows are a great way to dress up a space (think curtains on both ends of the set – not on both sides of each window). However, if you’re looking for privacy, we typically recommend mixing both curtains and shades. Stick to the same curtain placement and add shades on each window.
  • Floor to ceiling windows
    • Windows that span from floor to ceiling make a statement, but they do pose a unique challenge for window treatments. We like using curtains to soften this type of window, but it’s very important to make sure they’re the correct length! As a general rule of thumb, curtains should just graze the floor and be no more than a half inch from the ground.