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West Elm

April 03, 2012 18:45 ET

Window Coverings: The Fast Track to a Whole New Look

Improve the View in Every Room With Five Window Treatment Ideas From west elm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - From bold, patterned prints that make the window a focal point of any room, to the breezy, natural look of linen, west elm offers design ideas that help you turn each window into a work of art.

The right window coverings can enhance the look of any room, while showcasing the window's size, shape and the way it filters light. No matter which style you choose, keep in mind that the length of your drapes can have great impact on the look of a window, too. For a clean, casual look, hang the drapes so that they just touch the floor. For a more dramatic window design, allow the fabric to pool four to six inches on the floor in luxurious folds.

Here are five window treatment ideas that can enhance the look of any room in the house:

  • Full Bloom. Use lively prints like the Bamboo Printed Window Panel to bring a fresh feel to neutral walls and furniture. The stylized botanicals covering the panel are rendered in a silvery silhouette against a semi-sheer ivory linen and cotton background.
  • Made in the Shade. Solid Roman shades may be the perfect window treatment idea if you want a simple way to add privacy and style to a room. Choose an abstract pattern like the one featured in our Branches Printed Roman Shade. Its layered-bough design brings the outdoors in and creates an allover textured effect. Hang alone for a clean-lined minimalist look or pair with window panels for a layered effect.
  • Bold Prints. Choose a bold geometric pattern that works well in both traditional and contemporary interiors, like the Cotton Canvas Printed Window Panel in the Scribble Lattice print. Ribbon-like swirls cascade down the length, forming a loose, lattice-like pattern and bringing movement to a room. The gray and ivory palette works well with other prints and patterns, making a room feel instantly complete.
  • Velvet with a Twist. Take the timeless, sophisticated look of velvet to the next level by adding a modern, industrial accent. The Velvet Grommet Window Panel features stainless steel grommets that give a stunning contrast to the richly textured cotton velvet.
  • Window Dressing. With the Platinum Luxe Window Panel, you can take the term "window dressing" to new heights. Create your own indoor light shows with this shimmering, lightweight and durable fabric, which has the look and feel of washed silk. Available in platinum and a palette of sophisticated neutrals, this curtain adds instant polish to any decor.

One last tip: window accessories like decorative rods, finials, holdbacks and ties are like the jewelry of a room, defining a window with added texture and detail. Choose from a wide range of window rod and window hardware styles in an array of finishes to complement your window designs and create the look you like.

For more decorating ideas or to browse contemporary window coverings, furniture, accessories and more, visit www.westelm.com.

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