Elevating Your Style: Creative Ways to Layer Blinds with Other Window Treatments

When you think of classic interior decorating aspects, awe-inspiring window treatments aren’t usually at the top of the list. You might not have given it a second thought, opting for single window treatments like everyone else tends to do. However, there’s a lot to be said for layering multiple window treatments, such as custom blinds and curtains, if you’d like to create something truly special within the greater design.

BlindQuest discusses strategies below for how to layer custom window treatments like a professional.

Why Layer Window Treatments At All?

Window treatments add depth to a room but look a little thin on their own. For example, a simple set of blinds on your windows might not be dynamic enough for the design effect you are going for. Layering treatments could make each individual window treatment more noticeable. 

For instance, layering a set of Roman shades with curtains can make both elements pop while giving your room some additional depth. Layered window treatments like these are a great idea for rooms that need something more, such as living rooms or bedrooms. The visual depth makes your interior design more organic and interesting without having to clutter the space in which people want to move around.

More Natural Light

Another often understated benefit of layering window treatments is better control over natural light levels. A set of blinds and curtains at home gives you the freedom to open things up for the day, fully or partially, and then to achieve near-blackout levels at night when you need to sleep. 


Layered window treatments can also provide more privacy if you want it. A single set of vertical blinds might not be enough to fully block out the view from outside. However, adding a set of curtains to the same window will give you an additional option to limit visibility.

Tips for Layering Window Treatments

Layering your window treatments requires certain principles of interior design to offer a cohesive, effective look overall. An experienced team like BlindQuest could help you choose the right types of window blinds and window treatments. You can also consider the following tips to get the ball rolling:

Think About Your Style

Before you start choosing fabrics and patterns, consider the following:

  • What’s your property’s broader style? 
  • How much privacy and light control do you want? 
  • Do you want a more formal or casual appearance? 

Narrow down your window treatment selection to something that matches your style preferences and practical needs.

Start With a Base Layer

Your window treatment layers should have a base layer that sets the tone (and color) for the rest of the ensemble. The base layer is often the most functional one, such as a single layer of custom blinds or shades. It does most of the work of controlling natural light and privacy levels, so it should be the first place you start when choosing window treatment combinations. 

Curtains Are Soft

If you want to cultivate a softer, more traditional look, curtains should do the trick. Any curtains instill a touch of softness in a room and contrast beautifully with a more geometric base window treatment layer. As a bonus, curtains come in endless types of colors, fabrics, and shapes, so you have an extensive range of options.

Contrasting Colors

For the most part, layered window treatments should not feature the same shade. Picking two window treatments with identical colors runs the risk of losing the distinctness of each piece. Instead, professionals will usually advise choosing colors that are roughly opposite each other on the color wheel for depth and contrast. 

Patterns and textures can change the character of a color and make certain tones stand out more, so this is also an important consideration.

Don’t Forget About Matching Hardware 

Lastly, window treatments don’t just include the fabric for curtains and blinds—don’t forget the curtain rods, rings, and rod end caps. Some types of window hardware are better for layering window treatments, like double curtain poles or tracks. 

In this case, always match things across each window in the space. A window treatment hardware mismatch can throw off the synergy between your room’s design elements.

Custom Quality Window Treatments

When it comes to your window treatments, you deserve the best. BlindQuest has over 20 years of experience in providing custom blinds and window treatments in and around Troy, Illinois.

Are you ready to find the perfect window treatments for your home? If so, contact BlindQuest online or call (618) 495-4178 to schedule a consultation today!

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