Sleek now trumps fussy


Office interior.

Sleek window treatments are winning the popular vote. Heavy jabots and swags are on hold while the cleaner lines of panels take center stage.

Sleek should not be confused with plain and boring. Just as Jacqueline Onassis could dress capris and a crisp white blouse with pearls, the svelte panels of 2013 can be embellished with understatement.

Solid silks and linens are ideal for today’s transitional look. Puddling provides a softer look for spaces that lean toward tradition while a hem that barely kisses the floor is more appropriate for a stark modern look.

Geometric patterns such as Greek key and chevron in a woven textile is ideal as a focal point in a space.

Cleaner lines are a bit less forgiving so appropriate lining is critical. Interlining, the fleece layer between the lining and the fabric is a hallmark of quality workmanship. It provides the quiet richness that is absent with just a layer of lining.

The pleats of the straight lined beauties are a critical feature as they stand out sans the swags and jabots. An inverted box pleat or a goblet pleat are gorgeous compliments. Long and loose pencil pleats are a relaxed yet sophisticated look …. especially when the room features high ceilings.

For a more glamorous finish, the pleats can be embellished with a rhinestone button or broach. Trim that follows the inside edge or contrast tape that dresses the panels, add just enough style to keep the window treatments interesting.

Grommets provide a casual yet stylish look but require a good deal of dressing if the panels are functional.

For additional interest in the au currant style of window dressing, horizontal banding or color blocking is a strong choice. Cuffs that follow the inside edge of a panel is an engaging option, as well.

Layering is a guaranteed “wow” when the panels frame roman shades or textured blinds.

Typically, you won’t find a rich custom look from pre-made drapery. If that is your only budgetary recourse, make sure the length works! Actually, bare windows are a better option than drapery that hangs four or five inches from the floor.