Mixing Draperies and Hard Window Treatments: Pros and Cons

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When done properly, mixing draperies with hard window treatments in your home can be beneficial, but there are cons as well.

 

The Pros of Mixing Draperies and Hard Window Coverings

The most obvious benefit to combining hard and soft window treatments is the designer look it gives to the windows in your home. Properly layering draperies or curtains with blinds or shades makes your windows look professionally finished and gives them an added dimension that isn’t offered with just one type of window treatment.

Another well-known pro is the increased flexibility in light control you gain by having two different window treatments on your windows. If you want to use a lightweight fabric for your curtains but need to be able to block out natural light, you can add room darkening roller shades that keep the light out when necessary but disappear when not in use, giving you the best of both worlds. 

Every time you add a covering on your windows, you increase your energy efficiency. Combining honeycomb shades with lined draperies helps ensure the heat of the summer sun stays outside and your air-conditioning stays inside. This added insulation can save you money.

A lesser-known pro to adding draperies to your hard window treatments is the ability to make your windows look larger. Simply mount your blinds or shades on the outside of the window trim. Then, frame them with drapery panels and a top treatment to visually increase the size of your windows.

 

The Cons of Combining Soft Window Treatments with Hard Window Coverings

Most of the cons of combining different types of window treatments come from combining them incorrectly. These errors can easily be avoided, especially if you work with an interior designer who has extensive experience with window treatments.

Having conflicting patterns in your décor is never a good thing, and the same holds true for your windows. If you have a textured or patterned hard window treatment, adding patterned draperies can make your window too busy.

If you want to add curtains or draperies to a window, it is best to do so on windows that have shades or blinds rather than shutters. Certain types of drapery can make it difficult to open shutters all the way, which keeps shutters from offering their full potential. Shades and blinds both operate up and down and stay within the confines of the window, so they aren’t affected by other window treatments.

Combining soft and hard window treatments loses its designer look when the styles don’t match. It is better to just have a single window treatment on your window than to have two that conflict with each other.

Probably the biggest con of having both drapery and hard window treatments on the same window is the added cost. If you’re trying to stay within a budget, it may be best to stick with a single window treatment, so you can have a quality window covering instead of trying to add a second and ending up with subpar products.

For expert help with mixing draperies with hard window treatments, contact one of our designers at Divine Interiors Group. Our showroom is conveniently located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas. We also offer in-home consultations to accommodate your busy schedule.