A multitude of options makes choosing the right window treatment a challenge. We’ve called in the experts. BY LAUREN PAYNE
WINDOW TREATMENTS CAN BE THE icing on the cake of any
interior plan. They can dress a room up or down, provide insulation and privacy, block out light or let the sun shine in. They can
be practical or fanciful, off the shelf or off-the-charts expensive.
“Window treatments are like eyeliner,” says interior designer
Alicja Truesdale, whose Wayne-based firm specializes in custom
window treatments. “They define a room.”
The options are endless. But your first decision is, ready-made
Ready-made window designs are available at big-box retailers
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and chain interior-decor stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm.
Made to fit treatments are available through interior designers
or independent stores such as Metropolitan Window Fashions,
a family-run, full-service fabric, blinds and shades showroom in
North Plainfield and Paramus. “Our business is custom decorat-
ing,” says owner Bruce Heyman, “and that’s an area where con-
sumers seek a lot of help.”
The next big challenge is to sort through an array of styles.
Here’s a primer:
Designers agree: Simple, clean lines are in. “There’s a definite
resurgence of simplicity,” says Paul Ippolito, senior design con-
sultant with Metropolitan. “We’re getting away from heavy
swags and into streamlined looks.” This style generally consists
of straight panel drapes flanking the window. A shade or blind is
often added for privacy. “It’s a clean, layered look,” says Ippolito.
Many popular fabrics reflect a return to nature. “We are using
lots of natural materials like cottons and linens and silks,” Ippolito
continues. “Even the embellishments are natural and simpler, like
stones and seashells.”
Some homeowners forgo drapes, opting instead for woven
blinds and wood-slat shutters. “Blinds and shades have such versa-
tility,” says Truesdale. “They provide privacy and light diffusion.”