Everything you need to know about custom window treatments
The right window treatments can make all the difference in the design of a space…
but we know first hand that choosing them isn’t easy! With so many options and things to consider, doing it all on your own can feel overwhelming.
After years of selecting window treatments for clients and recently choosing them for our own home, we’ve learned a lot about how to make the process smoother.
Today, we’re partnering with our friends at The Shade Store to share some of our favorite tried-and-true tips for choosing window treatments, and give you an inside look into the process of deciding on our own in The McGee Home!
Product note: The material used for the Waterfall Woven Wood Shades has since been discontinued, the most similar style is Monterey or Beacon.
Start with considering functionality
Before you choose colors, textures, or styles, it’s best to start with considering the functionality. We often get asked if you need to select the same window coverings throughout your home, and the answer is no!
Each room has different functions, and therefore, different needs when it comes to privacy, light, and aesthetics. When we work with clients to choose window treatments, we always start by considering their needs in each room individually.
Decide on the style
Once you’ve chosen your function, it’s time for the fun part! Deciding on the style of your window treatments can be tricky because although you don’t need to use the same ones throughout the entire home, you do want to make sure they all flow together.
Don’t forget the hardware
Often, window treatment hardware gets overlooked, but the rods make a big difference, too!
When deciding on finishes and styles of hardware, we like to choose simple tones and styles to create a seamless, classic look. Although we don’t always use the same rods in every room, we do make sure they work together and compliment the other finishes in the space.
Make sure you know your measurements
Last but most certainly not least, make sure you know your measurements! Not every window is created equal, and there’s nothing more distracting to the eye than window treatments that don’t fit perfectly.
We use custom treatments in all of our projects, and it makes an impactful difference. We love working with The Shade Store because they help with every step of the process, making it so easy to do custom window treatments with clients both nearby and long-distance.
The master bedroom webisode says the bedroom drapes are the "oyster" color, but here you’re saying "beige". So confused!
I am pretty sure oyster is in the Kitchen and Beige is in Master bed ! Hopefully she will comment 🙂
Hi Colleen! Yes, Beige is in our Master Bedroom and Oyster is in our kitchen!
I noticed this discrepancy too. I have oyster in my living room and they are a light cream. The dining room ones look more like mine.
Great post. One thing I would love addressed is cohesiveness of window treatments when looking at a home from the outside. For instance, when shades are down, should you strive for a uniform look — at least on the same plane of the house? Is that partly why you chose all the same Roman shades throughout?
Hi Julie! Yes, that is something we consider and one reason why we chose the same Roman Shade throughout!
Loving all the webisodes on your home. They are incredible. I can tell you I ordered from the shade after posted your bathroom on Instagram awhile back. I just had my drapes installed and i guess I expected perfection for the price I paid. I am waiting to here back from the Shade Store because several stitches were missing from the drapes along with fabric having discoloration in spots. Your experience seems to have been better than mine.
Thanks again for sharing your house with us.
Are the shades in the office, with the very dark lovely walls, also the same blinds (dune) as throughout the house? If so they are indeed versatile! I’ll be running to buy them ..
Hi Liz! Yes! They are, and they are so versatile! We love how well they work in every space.
So beautiful and well designed! I was wondering if the shades are automatic or pull cord?
Hi Wendy! The shades are motorized!
Hi there, great post! Can you share the name/brand of the floors here in the dining room? I’ve been searching the blog in hopes to find the source. They are beautiful. Thank you,
Would you please share how wide each panel of the drapes in the dining room? Thanks so much!
Hi! Just curious about the drapes in your dining room and bedroom. Are they stationary or fully functional?
This was so helpful!!
I’m not able to use drapes (cats and super high windows not practical at this time).
For maximum light where privacy not a concern, Would you use the same woven shades with no liner??
Thank you so much
for the shades you used "Seaview" material but would love to know the colors in each room that you chose (master specifically)
I love these Seaview / Dune woven waterfall shades so much that I purchased them for our bedroom. Curious though if you experienced crooked / hand cut edges. I’ve purchased woven shades from another company before and the edges were pretty meticulous but these have a definite raw edge to them.
I’m curious if this is something that’s to be expected with this Seaview material or perhaps I have a defective order??
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