Understanding Window Treatments

Drapery Design and Window Treatments - Metro DetroitWindow treatments are a really important part of your Metro Detroit home’s interior. From a functional stand point, window treatments help keep your home cool in the summer, warm in the winter and give you extra privacy. From the design stand point, window treatments are the feature that ties your room together.

There are lots of options for your window treatments. Not only do you have to select from a variety of fabrics, colors, textures and patterns, but you also have to pick the right style. As your interior designer, we can recommend cornices, valances, roman shades, curtains, blinds, swags, etc.., but if you don’t know what each one is, you might end up with something you just don’t like. To help you make good decisions about the right window treatments for your space, we’ve compiled some information about some of our favorite types of window treatments.

Curtains, Blinds and Shades

These treatments are often the functional part of your window treatments, but they are just as important for making your interior design come together.

Curtains – This is the type of window treatment most of our clients think of when we start talking about their draperies. Curtains come in a variety of colors, fabrics, shapes and sizes. Traditionally, they come to the floor and can be spread across the curtain rod to completely cover the window. Curtains can be sheer or opaque, depending on how much light you want to shine through.

Blinds – These treatments come in the vertical and horizontal types. They are constructed of wood, metal or plastic slats on a system of pulls. These are very functional features, but may not be the most design friendly. Many clients like blinds because they can be inexpensive, and provide good privacy and protection from sun and cold.

Shades – There are many types of shades, from Roman shades to cellular shades. Shades are a great way to get the benefits of blinds, with more consideration for your interior design. Shades can filter light, completely block light or in the case of some cell shades, provide both filtered light and a blackout effect. Shades are great because they can be coordinated with your interior design, using similar fabrics, colors and textures.


Valances are decorative features that are hung at the top of your windows. They are great for covering up curtain rods and the mechanical parts of shades or blinds. Valances provide soft, coordinated coverings for your windows. They can be coordinated with your curtains or provide a contrasting color or pattern for your room. Valances generally are one length and only cover the top of the window.

Swags and Tails

This window treatment is similar to a valance, however, swags and tails extend down the side of the window. These features generally look like a single piece of fabric draped in a curve between two points along your windows. Swags bring interest to your windows without a lot of work. Like valances they can be coordinated with or contrast your curtains using a variety of colors, textures and patterns.


Cornices are different from valances, though they look similar, in that they are a solid structure, not just fabric. Cornices are made of wood and can either be left uncovered and painted to match your room’s trim or they can be covered in fabric to match the rest of your décor.

For More Information on Window Treatments and Drapery Services

Window treatments can be a daunting task for even the most experienced homeowner. Finding just the right treatment for each room takes time and an expert eye to pick the right fit for your space. At Patricia Interiors, we can not only help you find the perfect window treatment but we can also make them for you. If your room needs a drapery upgrade, it’s time to call Patricia Interiors. For complete information on our services or to schedule an estimate, call (586) 739-0080, today.