(Ph. © Laure Joliet / Lonny)Windows are one of the most important elements of any home: they bring in light, improve flow, and impart airiness. As such, they deserve the right kind of frame. “Drapery is subtle, but it can also add drama and sophistication to a space,” says Alex Gaston, director of design for Manhattan-based firm Mark Cunningham, Inc. These two examples—from a whimsical playroom and a spacious loft—show us why it’s worth the investment.
(courtesy Ruthie Sommers)For a mod-inspired playroom in a Cape Cod-style house in Beverly Hills, designer Ruthie Sommers chose a window treatment whose flat profile fits the casual vibe. The fun pattern (Fireworks by Hinson & Company) and solid-blue trim visually link it to the room’s dominant element—the bold navy and white stripes.
(courtesy of Sunbrella)Interior designer Gaston added softness and warmth to a soaring Atlanta loft with a combination of Sunbrella fabrics: billowy Mist Snow sheers and the thicker Spectrum Dove. In a room with especially high ceilings, window treatments that extend the full length of the walls draw the eye up and fill negative space. “These fabrics fit the neutral palette perfectly and felt simultaneously strong and chic,” Gaston says.