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Window Treatment Ideas


Time-Tested Traditions
A multicolored fringe goes a long way in finishing a simple traditional drapery with great style. The fringe is used only as a border trim.
A multicolored fringe goes a long way in finishing a simple traditional drapery with great style. The fringe is used only as a border trim.

For a living room decorated with a classic camel-back sofa, a deep-tufted wing chair, and an 18th-century-style secretary, the window treatment must also be a classic -- time-tested and traditional. The trendy, the casual, and the contemporary are strictly off-limits in so traditional a space.

The perfect effect could be a double-tiered treatment -- either a stately shaped cornice board or richly undulating folds of swagged fabric at the crown of the window, flanked with generous expanses of fabric at the sides.

A shaped cornice board with geometric curves and angles creates a sense of craftsmanship compatible with the room's other traditional elements.
A shaped cornice board with geometric curves and angles creates a sense of craftsmanship compatible with the room's other traditional elements.

More finely finished draperies will bear dressmaker detailing such as a fringed border along the seams and at the top. To hang professionally, the draperies may be lined and weighted at the bottom. The final effect: a window that is appropriate for the traditional room.

The double-swag drapery with lined cascades and a center double cascade combines traditional styling with a breath of spring.
The double-swag drapery with lined cascades and a center double cascade combines traditional styling with a breath of spring.

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