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Just like dressing yourself, dressing your windows is best done with multiple layers. It adds versatility by creating more options with the function that impact the mood of the room. I personally love the look of a natural wood shade, flanked with linen panels for a relaxed setting. This can be a great way to use store bought curtains to create a custom look. For a more formal setting, consider multiple sets of panels and a cornice or valance. Note: It’s crucial to make sure your top treatment is well designed to avoid looking dated. Unlike your grandmother’s waterfall swags, today’s valances are well tailored and chic. When pairing, consider the pattern and texture of both fabrics to make sure they will compliment one another rather than fight for attention (which will create tension in the room).

Additionally, multiple layers create a wider range of light control in the room.

Here are some options I collected from Pinterest. Follow me (ToriTAlexander) to see where I collect inspiration for client projects and future posts.