Inspiration for Layering Drapery

With a new season just around the corner, you might feel like refreshing the interior of your home. Layering drapery with other coverings will introduce style and comfort for any space. What are the most important style elements to consider? Let’s take a look…


1. Use Patterns & Prints

Fabrics with prints and patterns are an ideal way to bring color and style into a room. When layering drapery with fabric shades, choosing the right patterns to mix and match can be an important part of the design.

soft fabric roman shades with side panel drapery with fern pattern in Chicago, IL home office
Drapery & Roman Shades

It’s popular to pair patterns with solids, keeping the focus on one pattern, whether that’s on the shades or the drapes.

living room with arched window covered with custom roller shade and blue draperies in Chicago IL
Draperies & Roller Shades


2. Be Intentional with Hardware

When layering drapery at the window, the hardware is the jewelry of the overall look. Just like your personal choice of wardrobe finishing touches, the drapery rods you choose will highlight your preferred style.

home office nook with roller shades and draperies Chicago 60611
Designer Roller Shades with Side Drapery Panels

With popular finishes, like matte black, gold and oil-rubbed bronze, you can create a gorgeous look, while coordinating with the other elements of your home.

drapery panels over french doors gold hardware in Chicago IL
Custom Drapery

Choosing where to install the hardware is a key consideration–installing close to the ceiling can make your rooms seem taller.


3. Highlight the Atmosphere

Each and every room in your home needs to convey its own lifestyle function. And, while layering drapery enhances the design, it can also provide important function in your space.

dining room in Hinsdale IL with white draperies and window shades
Drapery Side Panels with Designer Banded Shades

A soft, airy look in the dining room is ideal for sharing a meal. And, depending on the shades you layer with, you can adjust privacy and lighting to create just the right ambiance.

beige roman shades with diamond patterned curtains in Portland OR bedroom
Custom Roman Shades & Draperies

This bedroom scene is full of elegance, but layering drapery with shades that are available with room darkening is an amazing way to add loads of function to your master suite.


4. Add Smart Features

Of course, you can probably imagine how popular smart shades have become. With the ability to adjust your window coverings with a voice command, changing the atmosphere, privacy and comfort of your home has become so simple. Automated draperies are no different. By adding smart features to your drapes, you can open and close them without getting in the way of your life.

Design Studio Window Treatments allow for a personalized touch to your window coverings.
Motorized Draperies with PowerView® Automation; Pirouette® Shades


Is Layering Draperies on Your List?

When you scroll through these inspiring rooms, have you decided to finally get started on that project you’ve had in the back of your mind? We’d love to help you design a space that looks amazing + offers incredible function for you and your family. Get started with a FREE consultation.