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Your Definitive Guide to Mixing and Matching Window Treatments

Selecting window treatments for your home can be a daunting task, even if you’ve done it before. While you might like the look of mix and match window treatments in other homes, you may already feel overwhelmed before you even add this layer of difficulty to your project. Never fear, with the right guidance you can choose the perfect mix and match treatments for your windows. Here are a few key pointers to put you on the path to success.

Pair Vertical and Horizontal Options

The easiest way to take a mix and match approach to window treatments is to utilize both vertical and horizontal elements. The classic combo is a blind, a shade, or shutters paired with hanging curtains. The drapes hang vertically but open horizontally while the second treatment covers the window space horizontally but opens on the vertical plane. This dichotomy enhances the visual appeal of your décor while giving you greater opportunity to control the light and privacy in every room.

If you find drapery too heavy to go with your blinds or shutters, you could always opt for sheers that offer a lighter touch, or even place a valance atop the frame for the merest hint of embellishment. In this day and age, you can also try modern trends. Layered shades and blinds are gaining popularity, so you might try adding vertical blinds over a simple blackout shade. You could also opt for versatile, all-in-one layered shades paired with traditional drapery. It’s the contrast of elements that makes these mix and match styles so aesthetically pleasing.

Differentiate Vertical Elements

While it tends to be more visually appealing to juxtapose vertical and horizontal window treatments, you can use more than one vertical element to incredible effect so long as you take pains to differentiate the two. Sure, you can get matchy-matchy with heavy drapes and sheers underneath in the same color palette, but this won’t punch up your décor the same ways as adding a patterned, pleated Roman shade to a long, vertical drape in luxurious textiles like velvet or dupioni silk.

You’ll get all the visual appeal of color, pattern, texture, and even shine with a marriage of design elements that make a unique and eye-catching statement. You could also pair pleated Roman shades with flat roller shades underneath. It’s the differentiation of color and dimension that allow these otherwise similar window treatments to form a perfect union.

Add Texture

When most people think about adding window treatments to their home décor, they get stuck on a single element: color. Or they might venture into options like pattern if they’re really adventurous. However, if you want to mix and match window treatments, you can’t afford to discount the visual appeal of different textures, like the pairing of wooden shutters with metallic drapes or ethereal cellular shades with rigid plantation shutters.

Color and pattern play an important role in design choices, but you’re missing a real opportunity to express yourself when you neglect to mix and match textures, as well. There’s a lot to consider, which is why it’s best to seek out the expertise of qualified professionals like the accommodating staff at The Blinds Side. Contact us today at 410-630-6940 or [email protected] to get your window treatment upgrade underway.

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