Window treatments should follow the overall design of the room. This doesn’t mean that the curtains match perfectly, but they shouldn’t clash with the decor. Make sure the fabric reflects the other design choices in the room and that the color works with your palette. Home design websites, blogs, and magazines are an excellent source of inspiration to find a suitable style.

  • Privacy: Some of the least expensive and most popular window treatments are sheer curtains. Sheers come in many colors and are easy to find. They give a room an airy feel, but, they are not the best choice for a bedroom or bathroom unless paired with blinds or shades. You can also buy sheers that are a bit too long and hang them on rods placed a few inches above your window — let them pool on the floor for a luxe look.
  • Ready-made or custom?

As a rule of thumb, premade drapes and curtains cost less than custom drapes, this can run hundreds of dollars per window, depending on the cost of the fabric and the design.

  • Layering: Sometimes both shades and curtains are used on windows for a textural look or to boost functionality. Don’t be afraid to try layering you can even add on in stages when your budget allows.