While some things in life are non-negotiable, like death and taxes or the harshness of fluorescent lighting when applying makeup; drapery and window treatments have unlimited possibilities for creative and inspired design styles. With custom window coverings from Budget Blinds®, you’ll always be able to get exactly what you want to express your own unique style and personality.

Soft window treatments like drapes and valances allow you to dress your rooms in ways that no other décor element can.

  • They can create a specific environment and set a mood by adding color and texture.
  • They can be combined with other window treatments for dramatic effects.
  • They can embody simple design or elaborate opulence.
  • They manage light and privacy control.

If that sounds like a lot to expect from window treatments, let’s look at the elements of design that truly give you control and limitless options for your custom window treatments.

Length, Layering and Hardware

Drapery panels can be short, floor-length or ceiling-to-floor. They can be stationary, framing a window or doorway, or they can be designed to open and close to accommodate light and privacy needs. Some drapery styles can be motorized for ease of use if, for instance, they are full, heavy drapes spanning an entire wall or covering sliding glass doors.

Draperies are beautiful as stand-alone window treatments or they can be layered with sheers, blinds and shades or topped with valances, swags or cornices, depending on your personal preference. Adding a valance, swag or cornice to a draped window makes it more formal. Layering window coverings increases energy efficiency, the additional layer helps block heat/cold loss when both blind/shade and drapery are closed. Lining draperies makes them more energy efficient, as well as protecting the face fabric from sun fading.


Drapery is from the Budget Blinds exclusive Signature Illusions® collection.

Adding “window jewelry” such as hardware, accessories, trims and tassels will enhance any drapery design. Rods and decorative finials are available in dozens of wood tones, metallic finishes, materials, motifs and colors. Whether you want the hardware to fade into the background or be a dynamic design element, it adds character and artistic flair to your drapery.

Simple, carefree elegance is created by layering a sheer roller shade over a “droopy drapery” style single-panel, puddled hem drape, accented with an elaborate metal holdback. Since both drape and shade can be separately manipulated, you have complete light and privacy control.

Layered Window Treatments

Budget Blinds’ Inspired Drapes® collection offers custom designs in curtains, drapes, valances and hardware.

Layering drapes over blinds or shades can create a captivating focal point in a room, as here, with floor-length pleated drapes over matching-color Roman Shades in this bay window setting. The plain black rod and finials add an eye-catching, cohesive touch to the overall room décor.

Fabric, Color and Texture

Fabric styles, colors and patterns all contribute to the impact your drapery will have. Some fabrics like damask, silks, satins and brocades lend themselves to a more formal feel, while cottons, linens and blends are more casual. Prints can be formal (Toile), exotic (ethnic designs), playful (animal prints), romantic (floral) or dramatic (color block or large print), to name only a few.

Color has been called the “universal, nonverbal language.” Different colors elicit different emotions or moods so you’ll want to carefully consider your drapery color choices. Here are some generally accepted guidelines about color in design:

  • Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter
  • Dark colors give large rooms a more intimate appearance
  • Red stirs up excitement, stimulates conversation and appetite
  • Yellow communicates happiness, is expansive and welcoming
  • Blue in its lighter shades is calming, relaxing and serene
  • Green is the most restful for the eye, promotes comfort and togetherness
  • Purple is dramatic and sophisticated in its darkest values, restful like blue in its lighter tones
  • Orange evokes energy, excitement and enthusiasm
  • Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown) need color to liven them up

Textures include nubby weave fabrics, natural fibers like woven wood and grasses, and embossed or embroidered fabrics. Combining patterns and textures can create unique and unexpected effects that add depth and drama to your windows.

  • Team a woven wood shade with sheer draperies for a softer look.
  • Use contrasting colors in drape and valance for maximum impact.
  • Mixing patterns can bring color and vibrancy to a room; just remember to repeat one color of the primary print in every other pattern to avoid a jumbled appearance.
  • With a print drape, repeat the fabric/pattern in at least one other accent in the room such as a pillow or table cover. If it’s a large, vibrant print you may consider custom framing it as art.

If you like to change your surroundings at will, choosing a solid color drape that matches your walls will create a “room-wide pallet” that invites colorful and patterned accessories and furniture. This makes your windows more of a back drop for everything else in the room and you can change your look by merely swapping out accessories.

Whatever your style, it’s time to love your windows! They frame your view of the outside world and define the interior of your home. If you need some help and inspiration for finding the right window coverings to add both glamour and practicality, a Budget Blinds local Style Consultant is just a phone call away!  Call 866-590-6341 today for a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to find the Style Consultant near you. While you’re on our website, you can investigate blinds, shutters and shades as well, and you can download the Inspired Drapes Look Book to begin planning your beautiful windows.