Apartment dwellers know it can be difficult to personalize a small space, especially if you’re a renter. While there is always the option of adding a fun area rug, a few statement floor lamps and even hanging a piece of art or two, the best way to add dramatic interest to your space is through an eye-catching window treatment.
Picking the right treatment is all about choosing your style, fitting the size and shape of your space, and meeting your functional needs. We’ve picked out our favorite window treatment options and broken down how you can fit them into your own styled space.
If Your Style is… Traditional
Traditional style, pictured at the beginning of this article, is the easiest to outfit because of all of the elegant color and pattern choices available. Traditional style is full of rich tones, sophisticated wainscoting and plush fabrics. With that in mind, many window treatments fit the bill of traditional design. Paneled drapery is most often found in these classic settings, especially in living or dining rooms.
For an extra layer of softness, consider layering a tailored valance above the drapery panels. Roman shades can also be found in traditional design to provide pattern, softness and privacy. These particular types of shades can be operated individually, giving versatility to your space by controlling light and mood.
If Your Style Is… Modern
Window treatments began as simple mini-blinds and have evolved into a way to communicate style effortlessly and simply. This is especially true within modern style. Roller shades are a sleek and sophisticated way to update your contemporary space without forfeiting the design elements. This simple treatment is available in many colors and patterns and best outfits narrow, rectangular windows. Complement your roller shade with a similar color palette throughout the space.
If Your Style Is… Eclectic
More carefree than traditional and modern design, eclectic style embraces handmade decor and curated pieces handed down or spotted at markets around the world. Keeping with its spontaneity, we love the way classic rod pocket drapery looks in this setting. Pick a fun valance and a bold colored curtain to create a great focal point in your living room, or add textured drapery for an exciting detail in the bedroom.
From roller shades to drapery panels, picking the right window treatment can be quite an adventure. Luckily, identifying your personal design tastes and preferences can help you decide on the perfect complementary treatment. With these tips in your back pocket, you’ll be able to ramp up the style factor in your apartment in no time!
Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab is a professional interior designer who has long been advising clients on customizing their apartments and homes via unique window treatments. Kerrie is the author of the book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide and writes about her tips online for The Home Depot. To find drape and curtain styles available at Home Depot, you can go online here.