Going Naked vs. Getting the Treatment
Way back when, before I was an interior designer, I made some mistakes in my own home when it came to window treatments. Big mistakes. Fortunately a decade later, I now know how to design a beautiful window treatment – and when to skip them altogether.
Are window treatments necessary?
Antonia Osswald’s home via A Beautiful Mess
Do any of you remember the movie The House of Dies Drear?
In fifth grade, we had to watch this made-for-TV version of Virginia Hamilton’s novel, about a boy and his family who move into a house that was once on the Underground Railroad. Spooky happenings ensued; in one scene late at night, the boy suddenly looked out the window…only to see a face staring straight at him, pressed up against the glass.
Let me tell you, this scarred me for a long time. For years afterwards, I could never be in the same room with a window at night that didn’t have the curtains or shades drawn.
I remember my mother dutifully drawing the curtains closed over every window each night before she went to bed, and opening them all first thing every morning. I can still hear the clicking sound of the cords on the side that we pulled like a theatre curtain. This habit of hers was her own creation, but it did help settle my fears as a child.
Perhaps this is what made me, as a first-time homeowner many years ago, believe that windows needed some serious dressing in order to look beautiful. Somehow I got it into my head that curtains and Roman shades were what was needed on every window, and I wasted a good amount of money achieving that.
There is a lot of inspiration imagery out there with overdressed windows.
There seems to be a tradition (handed down from our mothers?) that if you have a window, it needs drapery, blinds, or a shade—no questions asked. But are window treatments really necessary?
Bare Windows or Curtains?
Chelsea Fullerton’s home via The Every Girl
Do window treatments always look better than none? They can make a ceiling feel taller and also give you some privacy, as well as softness. In the right setting, they are the perfect tough.
There is also a movement now towards undressed windows, especially in modern spaces. An undressed window allows the greatest amount of light to penetrate a room, and if you’re a minimalist like me, you’ll appreciate the clean lines and uncluttered look.
This works best, of course, if you have a beautiful window to begin with…something not all of us are blessed with.
I’ve learned the hard way that less is more. I’ve also learned what works for me, my house, and my style.
Don’t miss all our tips on how to choose the right window treatments for your own home.
Where do you fall in the debate? Do undressed windows just look wrong? Do you hate the idea of your neighbors seeing what you’re up to? Or do you like the pared-down look?