An A-to-Z Guide to Window Treatments

Grommets, cornices, drapes, and swags. With so many different options in the custom window treatment world, it can be confusing to know what’s what and where to start in your window treatment journey. We’ve created this A-Z guide, including design trends, tips, and key design words to help!

A is for Abstract

Abstract patterns can easily be introduced to even the most minimal room with their warmth, familiarity, and offset patterns.

B is for Bold

Incorporate large-scale motifs or oversized patterns to transform a simple room or to create an eye-catching look. Think: big florals, geometric, or metallic. 

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C is for Cornice

A terrific focal point – cornices are typically constructed with wooden boards covered in padding and the fabric of your choice. Mount over drapes or on its own.

D is for Drapery

The most classic of window treatments. Choose from pleated or casual drapery to fashion a contemporary or classic look.

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E is for Emotional Investment

From your initial vision, to the fabric selection, and the installation of your custom window treatments, you play an integral role in creating this new addition to your home. Your emotional investment pays off everyday as you proudly look at the treatment!

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F is for Fabrics

With a selection of more than 400 fabrics, Fashion Window Treatments wants to ensure you have plenty of high-quality options so you find the exact match to your walls and furniture. We will even send you 10 fabric swatches for free to make certain you find the perfect fabric for your home. We can also fabricate a window treatment using customer’s own material.

G is for Grommets

Grommets are the round metal fixtures that can be found at the top of certain window treatments. With 5 different finishes to choose from – nickel, antique brass, antique copper, black and brass, you’ll be sure to find one that completes your custom look.

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H is for Hardware

Accessorize your custom window treatments with detailed hardware that is sure to complete the room’s look.

I is for Interior Design

Complement and complete your design look with custom window treatments – the perfect finishing touch for your home.

J is for Jabots

Jabots, otherwise known as tails, are used in tandem with swags and are purely decorative in nature. Also referred to as cascades.

K is for Kitchen

Tie your kitchen’s look together with custom window treatments, place mats, table cloths, napkins, and seat cushions. Pro tip: we custom make all of these here at Fashion Window Treatments.

L is for Light

Allow more light into your home by incorporating valances or create complete privacy with heavy drapery.

M is for Multi-Color

Whether you want patterned fabric or solid fabric, we have a large selection of colors – red, yellow, blue, green, brown, white, and orange (and that isn’t even the half of it)!

N is for New

New fabrics, new styles, and new looks – we’re always experimenting to create new looks for you and your home!

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O is for Opulence

Add value to your home by investing in custom window treatments. These timeless looks will create a sense of luxury for years to come.

P is for Pleats

A timeless look – choose from traditional, modern, or casual styles to transform any room.

Q is for Quality

Custom means a guaranteed quality and fit, as well as unique to your home.

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R is for Roman

Roman Shades fit the functional, child-friendly, and stylish descriptions that families are looking to incorporate in their homes as they go up-and-down using a continuous clutch lift system. If you’re looking to spend a little less, the Faux Roman Shade Valance provides the same stylish look with less functionality at a lower price point.

S is for Swags

This beautifully draped fabric will add a little romance and style to your room. Simple, yet decorative.

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T is for Tiebacks

A design surprise that come in a variety of forms – multicolor, braided, or fabric. Tiebacks add an extra pop!

U is for Unexpected

Mix things up by choosing from a bold or unique fabric, such as velvet or metallic!

V is for Valance

Valances, a type of treatment that covers the top of your window, come in many different shapes, such as scalloped, upholstered, or layered. Whether board mounted or rod mounted, valances are a simple, yet classic, way to create an additional interior design feature for minimal cost!

W is for White

White is the most versatile of looks. Go for a bold white, classic white, modern white, or elegant white. 

X is for X-citing

From your Pinterest board to seeing your window treatments installed, this process is exciting every step of the way. Here at Fashion Window Treatments, we want to ensure that you have a fun and enjoyable experience in selecting this new piece of your home.

Y is for You!

Custom window treatments are an expression of YOU! They are unique to you, your style, and your home, so you can be sure that they are truly one-of-a-kind!

Z is for Zzzz

Catch more ‘zzz’s by creating darker rooms with drapery for those mid-afternoon naps or days you just want to sleep a little longer!


How to Refresh Your Home for Spring and Summer

Flowers are blooming, pollen is accumulating, and the sun is shining. This can only mean one thing – spring is here and summer is quickly approaching! As you swap out sweaters and winter coats for shorts and swimsuits, give your home a facelift, too, by brightening it up to reflect the changing seasons.

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There are a number of ways to redecorate your space for these warmer days, and it might feel overwhelming to decide where to start, what to do, or too expensive to undertake such a project. Not to worry, though! We’ve curated a list of easy tips at every price point for you to use in transforming your space for spring and summer.

1. Repaint 

A fresh coat of paint can truly transform a room, especially in the warmer months when your goal is to bring more natural light into your home. Summertime is considered the best time to repaint the interior of your home because you are able to open the windows to for a faster air dry and can use the abundance of natural sunlight to your advantage in selecting the perfect color. Whether you choose a softer color, a bold accent wall, or classic white, new paint can make a space feel brand new. Painting your ceiling white or repainting dark furniture white could also bring more light into your room.

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2. Swap your bedding

The long, cold winter nights are over, so it’s time time to lighten up your bed…literally. To stay warm in the winter months, you keep a number of layers on your bed – top sheet, blanket, and duvet/bedspreads. As we transition into warmer weather, stash the blanket in the linen closet. You can also figuratively lighten up your bedding by incorporating softer colors like white, pastels, or bright colors! To keep cool, swap out those dark or flannel sheets for lighter colored and lightweight sheets. Don’t stop there, though! You could also change your dark duvet or bedspread for softer colors in order to bring more light into your space. Incorporate fun throw pillows for extra pop. The options are seemingly endless!

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3. Bright table setting

A bright table setting can truly transform your dining room or kitchen for summer entertaining. This is an extremely simple (and affordable!) way to make your home summer-ready. Choose from an eye-catching table cloth, fun placemats, sunny napkins, bold tableware, new kitchen chair cushions, or a combination of these! We can’t promise these improvements will make your food taste better but it will look prettier!

4. Add pops of color

This is probably the easiest way to prepare your home for spring and summer. Bold or pastel accent pieces throughout your home will create a sunny, eye-catching look. These colors can be incorporated in a number of different ways, including indoor plants, fun throw pillows, bowls of fruit, flowers, kitchen chair cushions, blankets, or kitchen towels.

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5. Swap your curtains

Heavy drapery or curtains are perfect for the long winter months as they create a feeling of warmth and help keep your home insulated from the cold. If you’re able to swap them for lighter colors or a more lightweight fabric, you’ll open up your space and allow more light to enter your home. To keep the sun out during the hottest parts of the day, consider installing lightweight Roman Shades or a new Valance.


Best Reasons to Invest in Custom Window Treatments

You work hard to live in a comfortable and beautiful space. A place for you to return to everyday to relax, spend time with family and friends, and build your life –  a place you can be proud to call “home.” No doubt, you have spent countless hours selecting just the right wall color or wallpaper, furniture, lighting, and artwork in order to create a space that is the perfect extension of you and your family. Now what? To complement and complete your interior design look, invest in custom window treatments. Custom window treatments can enhance your home’s aesthetic while also adding value. Not convinced? Continue reading. 

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1. Custom for YOU!

When we say “custom,” we mean it! From the size, fabric, and craftsmanship, each product will be unique to you and your home. While standard window treatments will be either too big or too small (no matter how many times you measure), custom treatments are tailor made to fit your windows perfectly. We take your window’s exact measurement and hand-make each treatment – talk about high quality! Because they are custom-made to your specifications, no material is wasted in the process. Fashion Window Treatments offers a selection of more than 400 fabrics to ensure that you find the exact match to your walls and furniture. We will even send you 10 fabric swatches for free to make certain you find the perfect fabric for your home. Custom means a guaranteed quality and fit, as well as unique to your home.

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2. Adds value to your home

Custom window treatments are a long-term investment that will add value to your home. They are not inexpensive, but they will save you money and headaches down the road. These window treatments are labor-intensive, handmade products made from highest quality fabric right here in the USA. They aren’t your run-of-the-mill window treatments from your area big-box retailer that your neighbor also has in their home. Not only do they add value because they are unique to your space, but they also add value as they reduce energy costs. By installing custom window treatments, you can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter; therefore, creating a more energy efficient space and saving on energy bills. 

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3. Emotional investment

Once the final installation of your new custom window treatments is complete, you’ve not only invested time and money – you’ve invested your emotions throughout the entire process. From your initial vision, to the fabric selection, to the installation, you have played an integral role in creating this new addition to your home. It is unique to you, your tastes, and your home. Not to mention, something you can be proud to look at everyday!

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Whether you’re a new homeowner, renovating, or looking to add an accent piece, investing in custom window treatments can add that priceless finishing touch to your home. Here at Fashion Window Treatments, we’re proud to partner with you in order to create the perfect space for you and your family.


A Look into Millennial Decor

When you hear the term “millennials,” you might picture an individual in their mid-20s who is posting a picture of their $5 craft coffee on Instagram. While this generalization about the millennial generation is accurate in some ways, you might be surprised to learn that it is only a fraction of that generation. Millennials account for a HUGE portion of the U.S. population. It consists of people born between the years 1982-2000, making the oldest millennials approaching 40 years old and the youngest not even 20 years old. In fact, this generation surpassed the baby boomers as the largest generation in 2015 when the U.S. Census Bureau reported there were more than 83.1 million millennials.

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Millennials differ in many ways from older generations. They are likely to live at home longer, are slower to buy a car, are more likely to have student debt, are more educated, and described themselves as more politically independent. They spend more on cell phones, restaurants, clothing, and hobbies then older generations; however, they spend less on travel, television, and furniture/decor. In 2016, The Washington Post reported that homeownership between people age 25-36 was only 34.1% and that one-third of millennials live with their parents. With all of this in mind, it is unsurprising to learn that millennials value different types of home design than their baby boomer and Gen X counterparts as their living situations and income levels are so drastically different.

Trends are showing that millennials are interested in minimalist, low-maintenance, and practical home decor. Think: neutrals, modern, affordable, natural light, and pops of color.

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Whites and grays are especially popular colors for curtains and bedding among this generation. With these neutral color palettes as the baseline, there is a heavy emphasis on bold, colorful accent pieces, such as throw pillows, rugs, pots and pans, pieces of art, blankets, and potted plants. Colors like tonal reds, organic greens, bold yellows, and, of course, millennial pink. This color has transcended and defined this generation.   

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Velvet has also made its way back to the forefront in part because of millennial trends. From the runway to your living room, velvet is being hailed as the 2019 fabric of the year. Velvet is particularly appealing to the millennial market because of its availability of styles at various price points. You might find velvet furnishings, such as couches or chairs, in homes from higher income brackets, while those in lower income brackets might opt for a pop of velvet by incorporating it in more subtle ways with curtains, blankets, or throw pillows.
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For window treatments, specifically, millennials tend to be moving away from heavy drapery and toward soft, simple fabrics with an emphasis on and interest in natural lighting. Since the millennial age range is so large, the older and younger millennials have different preferences. For older millennials with families, functionality, child-friendly, and style are more important. Cordless drapes and blinds are important to families with children, and multi-layered window treatments also seem to be popular. In particular, Roman Shades fit the functional, child-friendly, and stylish descriptions that older millennials are looking to incorporate in their homes as they go up-and-down using a continuous clutch lift system. If you’re looking to spend a little less, the Faux Roman Shade Valance provides the same stylish look with less functionality at a lower price point. While older millennials are looking for functional and style,  younger millennials are interested for simple elegance. A small pattern or an eye-catching embellishment, such as a tassel tieback, are appealing to the younger millennials.

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Millennial interior design style has been described as “transitional.” With so many millennials moving more often than older generations and vying to enter the housing market in the coming years, home decor needs to be easy and functional, but stylish. Whether it’s a clean white bedspread, millennial pink accent piece, velvet throw pillow, or simple and casual curtains, millennials are creating their own generational style that will surely go down in the history books as unique. 


DESIGN TRENDS OF 2019

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One of the hottest trends in interior decorating last year and continuing into 2019 is the reemergence of velvet fabrics.  Many consider velvet to be “the fabric of the year”.  This multidimensional, rich, and chic fabric has made it off the fashion runways and into our homes.  Velvet is luxurious, yet durable, and has an exquisite touch which has always endeared itself to design-lovers. While previously viewed as outdated and funky, it is now viewed as luxurious with velvet furnishings being one of the most sought-after trends this year.  Recently, its fan base has been rapidly expanding, so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon it is time to reconsider this versatile fabric.

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 Floral Patterns

Floral patterns have been around for a while; however, this timeless design will get a new look in 2019.  From the runways in Paris and New York to your home, today’s floral prints are big, bold, and abstract – not your grandma’s dated floral prints.  These larger-than-life interpretations of flowers are the new take on this ageless, classic design.  The new exaggerated proportions and contrasting colors incorporated in the floral patterns provide an easy way to brighten a room through the inclusion of throw pillows, curtains, upholstery, or wallpaper.

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 Richer Color Palettes

Though muted colors can help you avoid making spaces feel overwhelming, designers believe that this will be a year where bolder colors are preferred.  Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative décor pop.  Lookout for dramatic reds, statement pinks, bold yellows and organic greens!

 Nightwatch Green

Coined “nightwatch green,” this moodier alternative to hunter and bottle green is considered by many to be one of the colors of the year.  It makes for a nice alternative to today’s on-trend matte black and looks great with high-shine finishes and elements. But if a full room is too much, do consider small yet impactful ways to bring the color in, say a vibrant textile here, or a deep green rug.

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 Shades of Pink

From blush to pale pink to living coral, the various shades of pink are some of the hottest colors right now.  Trends include using a bolder color to create an eye-catching look or a softer color for its versatility and ability to be paired with whites or yellows.  Consider incorporating pillows, throws, or upholstered furniture to get your pink fix.

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Tonal Reds

As design trends move away from cooler colors like greens and blues to warmer colors, tonal red is the perfect color to add a complimenting contrast to bring more warmth and comfort into your home.  It can easily be paired with silver or grey tones to create a juxtaposing, but inviting, look or consider using tonal reds for velvet furnishings to incorporate another popular design trend.  

Silver & Grey Tones

Silver and grey tones are some of the most popular colors in 2019.  With names like, Slate, Charcoal, Grey, Sterling, Silver, Smoke, Graphite, and Pebble, there is a whole spectrum of colors within this color-way.  Pair these colors with those richer color palettes to create a more uplifting yet muted look, such as grey and pink or grey and burnt yellow.  Incorporate these colors with the timeless looks afforded by the geometric or floral prints, as well, to create a truly unique but classic look.

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 Millennial Pink

Millennial Pink was the hottest color for 2018, so it’s no surprise that it’s here to stay for 2019, as well.  Part bubblegum pink, part salmon, pair it with a bolder red or a toned down grey to create the perfect look.  Through its versatility, commercial popularity and staying power, Millennial Pink has transcended traditional gender connotations to become an androgynous “new neutral” associated with an entire generation.  This mature and sophisticated shade works well with bold looks like a feature wall or more subtle looks like plain curtains, bed sheets, or cushions.

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 Black & White

A truly timeless design trend, black and white furnishings will want to be on your list of trends to incorporate into your home’s décor.  The visual contrast of black and white will provide a sense of balance and boldness to your home’s space.  Consider black and white striped window awnings, bedding, throw pillows, or curtains to create a fresh, modern, and jaw-dropping look in any room.

 70’s Chic

With many old design trends coming back in style this 2019, such as velvet and geometric patterns, designers are expecting to see many nods to the 70s era, as well.  The 70’s chic décor is all warm palettes, funky textures, and abstract silhouettes.  Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out amazing personality into every living room or bedroom design.  Consider adding bold color palettes to 70s-inspired velvet, rounded furniture and add a gold accent to complete the room’s look.

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 Geometric & Tribal Patterns

Geometric patterns almost never go out of style, but what makes them feel so right when considering interior design trends is the warmth, familiarity, and offset pattern they can easily introduce to even the most minimal of rooms.  The trend this year is for a bolder color with oversized pattern.  If a full-on heavy-handed geometric inspired look is not for you, think about small ways to bring in the moment with fresh linens, go-to decorative pillows and throws that you can easily switch out once the design scene moves on.

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Trims and Tassels

A knowledgeable interior designer once said, “Trimmings rise and fall with the state of the economy.” Having been in the design industry for over 20 years, we have seen this cycle and know it to be true. It was most evident when the economy went into recession after the 2008 financial crisis; trimmings were the first  detail to get cut.20171116_121141 Continue reading…


And so the Mad Rush Begins……

October and November are typically two of the busiest months in our industry. Why? Well everyone is of course trying to give their homes a new quick makeover before the relatives arrive for the Thanksgiving holiday. I bet you knew that because I bet you’re one of the ones doing exactly that… the last minute scramble. Luckily for you we have 95% of our orders made and shipped within a week. But don’t start breathing that sigh of relief just yet! One thing we can’t control is fabric availability and we hate to disappoint. So if you know what you want to order, please don’t delay!

Items that are on the tops of customer’s list right now include new decorative table runners, chair seat cushions, decorative fabric place mats, fabric napkins and window valances when it comes to the holiday season.
Another really hot item this time of year is thermal lined drapes. It is the time of year to prepare for the cold! I can’t begin to tell you how many thermal lined drapes we have made in the past few weeks – our customers are preparing well! We offer thermal lining on our Custom Rod Pocket Drapes, Pinch Pleated Drapes, Grommet Drapes, Back Tab Drapes and Tab Top Drapes. So whatever your style is, we have a style drape available to keep you toasty this fall and winter.


Decorating for Today

While the economy is definitely not at its best, we have found that a huge number of our customers are focusing on their homes interior. Many have stated that they have cut back on the amount spent on eating out and other amusements and are focusing on getting more bang for their buck by giving their home an inexpensive makeover. A quick makeover is especially helpful since they are getting back to basics and doing home entertaining with family and friends and want their homes to look inviting and new. Most have agreed that it was an overdue task to begin with and has always been on their “to do” lists but found that they were always on the run and it just never got done.
They now have the time to give their home a fresh coat of paint and some new interior items such as window treatments and throw pillows , they are excited about their long awaited projects.We receive tons of calls and emails from our customers asking advice on fabrics, styles and trims.Our experts love to help and want to ensure our customer’s projects go smoothly and cause them the least amount of stress.
Being able to coordinate all of their products at one time is what we are hearing helps significantly in putting their projects together. Using the internet and not having to run around store to store and wasting time and effort best spend elsewhere is another plus to our customers!


Chair seat cushions in a variety of patterns and colors

We fabricate chair seat cushions in over 300 fabrics in many colors and patterns you are looking for. We make kitchen chair cushions in two sizes to fit most standard chairs.  Match your chair cushions with your napkins, runners, & placemats for a traditional look or mix and match the fabrics for a more contemporary look.  Provide a warm and friendly space around your table to create memories.  No matter your style, we are sure to have the perfect chair seat cushions for you.