Window Treatments 101: Are Drapes Really in Style?

Short answer: YES! Especially if you’re not into super-ultra-stark-modern design…which if you’re reading my blog, is likely the case.

The draperies of today definitely don’t look like the giant balloon swags of the 80’s or the lacy country curtains of the 60’s. Honestly, though, most drapery panel styles are pretty darn timeless – it’s really more that fabric tastes change as trends change. But of course, if you’re after a collected, timeless look, it shouldn’t matter if the fabric you select is “trendy!”

Schumacher Custom Draperies Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson
Schumacher’s Citrus Garden is an archival Josef Frank 1947. Yep, you read that right. 1947.

Fun, timeless prints – and of course solids – can outlast any trend.

Solid orange drapery panels contrasting blue walls Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Ohio
Solid orange panels create a beautiful contrast to the blue walls. What decade is this from? It’s not obvious, since the colors aren’t super trendy.

Panels don’t have to be plain, if you don’t want them to be. Draperies can be one of the biggest stars of the room!

Drapery Panels and Vintage Rug in British Inspired Home Lindsey Putzier Design Studio
The drapery panels and vintage rug are the stars in this room!
Close up of Custom Drapery Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson Oh
Check out the details! So fun!

Draperies really do “finish” a room. Check out this “during” photo.

Transition of British Inspired Family Room Space without Window treatments Lindsey Putzier Design Studio
No drapes. Kinda sad.

And now, behold the completed room, with custom draperies!!

British Inspired Home Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson Ohio
Drapes make a big difference! (Ok, there’s also art…so that helps too…)

Draperies aren’t just for timeless, eclectic rooms. Drapes look just as good in contemporary spaces.

Drapery in sleek, contemporary Family Room Space Lindsey Putzier Design Studio
Check out those beauties in this sleek, contemporary space.
Close up of Draperies with Trim in Family Room Space Lindsey Putzier Design Studio
Here’s a close-up of those panels – yes, they even have TRIM!

So yes – the long answer is also, ” Add drapes to your house.” Not ever room needs drapes, but some definitely do! Not sure if your house needs drapes or some other kind of window treatment? Contact me and we’ll discuss!

Comments (13 )
  • Taylor Abrams
    | 6 January 2023

    I appreciate that you explained how drapes are as attractive in modern settings. Every morning, the sun enters our living room, causing us discomfort since, in addition to harming our skin and irritating our eyes, it also does so when we are sitting on the couch. To protect us whenever the sun enters the room, I intend to get custom drapes. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Serra Mentessi
    | 17 January 2023

    Stunning examples!

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    | 20 January 2023

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  • Textiles Unlimited
    | 12 May 2023

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  • John M Cunningham
    | 10 June 2023

    Hi Lindsey.
    I am trying to replace some very old draperies for a double-window in dining room and a triple-window (box/bay window) in living room.
    I want to use the existing moveable hardware and Do Not want to change over to the rod system. The existing hardware uses to pulley-type ropes on one end to open/close the draperies and sheers.
    Is there a “name” for this type of drapery? Is it still available anywhere?
    Please help me learn how to replace these “very old” draperies and sheers.
    Thank you

  • BlindsDxB
    | 10 October 2023

    Your blog is truly outstanding! It not only demonstrates the dedication put into crafting this post but also promises continued excellence in the future.

  • Creativevisionglobal
    | 22 November 2023

    I believe drapes can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to any space. It’s not just about following trends; it’s about creating an atmosphere that reflects your personal style. Drapes can be a versatile design element, allowing you to play with colors, patterns, and textures to achieve the desired aesthetic.

  • Your article about window treatments was super interesting! I think drapes are really cool because they make a room look fancy and cozy at the same time. It’s like adding a special touch to your home that shows off your style. Thanks for sharing such awesome ideas!

  • Dhruv Garg
    | 4 April 2024

    Your choice of drapes can truly define the character of a room. I love how the right drapery can instantly add warmth and sophistication to any space, creating an inviting atmosphere that beckons you to unwind and relax

  • Absolutely love this post!

  • nice article

  • Great insights on drapes! I’ve always thought of drapes as a timeless element in home decor. It’s interesting to see how they can adapt to modern trends while maintaining their classic appeal. Thanks for breaking down the latest styles and tips!

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