White s-Fold blockout curtains with matching Roman blind

Many clients ask if using different window treatments in the same room will look weird. We assure them it can look amazing when done right. 

There’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ window. We encounter so many different shapes, sizes and types of windows in homes… often in the same room! You may need different window treatments in the same room for the following reasons:

  • Different needs for different windows. For example privacy, light control, glare reduction
  • Doors vs smaller windows 
  • High or irregularly shaped windows
  • Creating a feature
  • Maintaining a consistent façade (Shutters for all windows at the front of the house is a popular choice)


Marble patterned sheer curtains with matching Roman blind

Pictured above: Curtains for a home designed in collaboration with Designing Inside Out

Curtains are the ideal window treatment for doors because they operate in a similar way; simply move them to the side for access to the door itself. Curtains on these large expanses naturally become a feature of the room, especially when a dramatic fabric is used. In the images above, we installed curtains on the sliding doors or French doors with matching roman blinds on the smaller windows. The Roman blinds free up space beside and below the window, allowing for furniture placement. 


Similar to pairing curtains with Roman blinds, we often combine curtains & roller blinds in a space. Roller blinds are a minimalistic window treatment, which can be rolled up small when not needed. This means the curtain can be the decorative ‘hero’ of the room, while the blinds take on the function of light & privacy control


Painted hardwood plantation shutters, grey sheer curtains & coordinating pelmet with contrast piping

Plantation shutters are still as popular as ever, and are a great treatment for most kinds of windows; especially small or irregularly shaped ones. Some clients will chose to install plantation shutters only on the windows of the façade of their home for curb appeal, with softer treatments throughout the remainder of their home. Teaming curtains & shutters is a great option for Hamptons style decorating.

Triple pinch pleat sheer curtains on rods with matching Roman blind

Shutters on sliding doors can be quite bulky and cumbersome in a smaller room, so we often suggest installing curtains on sliding doors with shutters on all other windows. This scenario has the added benefit of softening a space & improving thermal benefits. Alternatively, plantation shutters are ideal for irregularly shaped or hard-to-reach windows, especially if the window is above a bed, TV or other bulky furniture item. 

So, in answer to your question; yes, different window treatments in the same room can look fantastic! 

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