Just like choosing the perfect piece of art and overhead light fixtures, selecting window treatments is a major piece of the interior design puzzle. Curtains, shades, and blinds are the finishing touch, so there are a few things to consider when making a selection. What type of window are you dressing? Does the fabric tie the design scheme together? Do your curtains provide enough privacy and light? Are they the right length? What hardware should be used to hang them?

Beth Haley Design is prepared to tackle these questions and help steer you towards window treatments tailored to your space. Beth Haley is a firm believer that you should fill your home with things you love, which doesn’t stop with furniture and art. While window treatments can transform a space, they are only a necessary design element if you like how they look in the room. If you choose to hang curtains, be sure to follow the designer’s words of wisdom below. 

Make a statement. 


Fabric is the first consideration when choosing curtains. Velvet curtains block a lot of light and provide a high level of privacy, but they also add texture and dimension to the design. Here, the bright shade of blue stands in contrast to the grey and white bathroom design. 

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For an untrained eye, curtain placement can be tricky. Hung too high or too low, curtains can negatively impact the design. Beth Haley Design draws attention to the large windows and high ceilings in this urban loft by hanging the curtains above to window frame and letting them reach the floor. Before you install window treatments, consult the experts. 

Think outside the box.

6 Things to Know Before Choosing Curtains | Beth Haley Design

If window treatments don’t suit your style or space, consider other ways to draw attention to your windows. In this colorful home inspired by Hispanic design, Beth  Haley painted the window frames in a bright print color that adds visual interest and highlights the interesting architecture. 

Blackout curtains only belong in the bedroom. 

6 Things to Know Before Choosing Window Treatments | Beth Haley Design

Outside of the bedroom, curtains provide a decorative element and privacy without blocking all of the natural light. Roman shades let light in without leaving the window bare. This shade style works in less formal designs that don’t need the drama of full-length curtains, such as this kitchen.

Choose patterns wisely. 

6 Things to Know Before Choosing Curtains | Beth Haley Design

When many think of patterned curtains, our grandmother’s florals come to mind. Thankfully, this is not the only option for a personality-filled fabric. Choose patterned curtains that play off the already-existent color scheme in your space. This is an easy way to add accent colors and tie everything together. 

Match your curtains to your walls.

6 Things to Know Before Choosing Window Treatments | Beth Haley Design

As we just mentioned, curtains can tie a room together and complete a thoughtful design. Here, Beth Haley chose coordinating wallpaper and shades that work well without being too matchy-matchy. 

Need advice on how to hang your curtains and which hardware to use? We are only a call away! 


Like many of you, we are navigating a new work situation in light of the current events. To keep our design team and clients safe and happy, we have decided to limit the in-person meetings at the Beth Haley Design studio. In the meantime, Beth Haley Design continues to be a resource for interior design services, as well as a source of inspiration. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our virtual interior design services during these stay-at-home times.


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