Modern Window Treatments

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Ideas to give you inspiration on how to dress your windows

Are you looking for modern window treatments to help you decorate your home?  Does the thought of trying to decide what type and style of drapes you want seem daunting?

Deciding on draperies can be stressful.  It is a big investment to make, and making the right choice in fabric and style is crucial.

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

What defines modern window treatments or modern style in general?  Whether you like cottage style, rustic, traditional, or country, decorating styles are always fluid and evolving, while remaining constant in key elements that define each style.

Modern style is sleek, clean lines, and for the most part minimalistic.  But, it doesn’t mean a boring neutral palette.  Let’s take a look at a few ideas, and hopefully this will help you narrow down the choices for your home.

Drapery Panels

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer Decorates.comSimple drapery panels add elegance to any room.  Hang a drapery pole all the way across the window in order to open and close the panels.

Unique Drapery Hardware

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer Decorates.comYou can add some interest to the top of your drapery panels by introducing a second fabric pattern.  For a unique drapery hardware idea, mount your panels with decorative metal finials.

A Cool Industrial Look

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer Decorates.comThese long drapery panels hang in our bonus room.  My husband constructed the rods out of plumbing pipe.  The fabric I chose looks like cursive words written on a chalk board.  It fit perfectly with the scheme of the room.  Don’t be afraid to try something really different!


 Make a Smaller Drapery Rod

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

When I have a client that doesn’t want to cover up much of the window, I hang their drapes on a smaller rod.   I purchase a wood drapery rod, and cut it down to 18″.   Then I drill a hole in the center of the cut side of the rod, in order to be able to screw in the finial.


Customize Your Own Ready-Made Drapery Panels

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

You can customize your own ready-made drapery panels for a fraction of the cost a professional would charge.

You can purchase ready-made panels and trim, then attach the trim onto the inside of the panel.  You can sew the trim onto the panel, or attach it with Stitch Witchery, which is a fusible bonding web that fuses the fabrics together with a hot iron.

Where I purchase ready-made panels:

modern window treatmentsI have purchased panels from Half-Priced Drapes for clients, and applied a trim to create a custom look.  What I love about Half-Priced Drapes, is that they are affordable and come in extra long lengths. (*I am now an affiliate for Half-Priced Drapes.)

Modern window treatment ideasI prefer pole tab curtains over grommets, but that is strictly  personal preference.  For me, I find pole tab curtains give the look of custom curtains.  Finding ready-made drapery panels that are longer than 84″ is difficult.  This is what makes Half-Priced Drapes a great choice.

Beautiful Blues

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

The blues have it!  Here is another example of adding interesting trim to linen drapes.

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

This decorative trim is modern and beautiful!  It makes the drapes come alive with color!

Bamboo Blinds

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

Pair bamboo blinds with your drapery panels.  It makes a dramatic effect.

Cafe Curtains

modern window treatmentsI adore the look of these simple cafe curtains.  A small black metal cafe rod, with small metal rings serve a dual function by adding privacy and elegance.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds epitomizes the look of modern window treatments.  Modern decorating is all about clean lines.

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I love the ribbon added to this roman shade. This would be adorable in a bathroom or child’s room.

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer Decorates.comThis Roman shade gives the window such a timeless and classic look.  Everything about this room is elegant!

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

If you would like your Roman shades to be a little less formal, choose a relaxed Roman shade.

Box Pleat Curtains

Modern Window treatment ideas from Jennifer

Box pleat curtains are one of the more popular choices with my clients.  This curtain style is perfect if you want a very tailored look.  If you do not want to cover much of your window this style is perfect.  Another great feature about this curtain is that it does not take a substantial amount of fabric.


My client chose such a beautiful fabric for her box pleat curtains.  This fabric is so colorful!  Modern decorating does not mean that you have to limit yourself to neutral colors!

Cornice Boards

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This nail head cornice board is divine!  I love it pared with the coordinating roman shades.

Adding modern window treatments to any room in your home, will warm up the space with design and color.

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  1. Pretty..under the caption unique drapery hardware…the fabric with the grey swirls and a pea green lime fills…wondering were the fabric is from??? A certain supplier? It appears to match my chair and would love to find it

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