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Pulling Back the Curtain

Window treatments are commonly overlooked in decorating but they deserve our full attention! They can be either functional or decorative - or strike a balance between the two. We do them all, and here are a few of our favorite options! Drapery


Drapery can serve to soften a room, give it a cozier feel and also add a layer of luxury to a space. They can add drama or a luxe vibe to a room. And they can be fully functioning (open and close completely) or be done simply as decorative panels, leaving the natural light to shine in, or layered with sheers, roman shades or roller shades, for privacy. Most commonly we do a fully-lined, 3-finger pinch pleat drapery panel in solid linen. Adding a gorgeous tape trim to the leading edges (inside edges) finishes them off and adds another layer of detail that can tie a room’s design together. With a quick ship program from our partner Fabricut, we can offer panels in several sizes and multiple solid fabrics at great prices – you can’t beat the custom look coupled with affordable prices.

Sources: Fabricut and Schumacher


We also love a patterned drapery to add color and personality to a room. In this main bedroom we used matching fabric and wallpaper for a look of continuity, and we layered in white natural shades for nighttime privacy.

Source: Osborne & Little for fabric & wallpaper


Roman Shades


While there are tons of different styles of roman shades, my favorite is the simple flat panel style. They provide a lovely line of fabric when down, and fold nicely in a tailored way when up. I like both inside mount (because they are cleaner) and outside mount (when we need to block more light).

Another new favorite is the “faux roman!” Sometimes you just need something to finish off a window, but you do not plan to open and close the shade. We are doing these on a pair of French Doors that already have internal shades, for example. And in bedrooms where you want to hide a blackout roller shade they are also perfect!

Via @peggymorgans Designer: @cooper.studio Photos: @madebyk.me

Via @househappening

Roller Shades


These are the most modern and least visible option for windows. We love to do a cassette covered in the same material as the shades and coordinating to the window trim for a seamless look. You can go fancy with motorized shades and an app to control them, or go with manual operation. We use a variety of shade densities, depending on how much light versus privacy is needed in a room. We use the local brand Texton for all of our roller shades, and their quality and prices can’t be beat!

Via Texton


They can also be a great solution over French doors as shown here!

Photo credit Emily Henderson


TATE studio is a full-service interior design firm based in Dallas, Texas. Whether remodeling an existing home or building an entirely new space, or even using our services to style or "remix" what you already have, TATE studio will work with you to create a living environment that matches your lifestyle, while always keeping in mind your budget and goals. Contact our design team today to see how we can transform your space!

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