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Outfit your windows with Lowe’s fashion-forward decor. See how easy it is to find a style, get the right fit, and select accessories.

Assortment of drapery and curtain fabrics

Window Treatments

Blue-and-white draperies and roller shade

Clean and Energetic

The clean lines of this look start with bold allen + roth™ reversible panels (#382694) that provide two options at one affordable price. A basic roller shade gets a boost with the addition of a strong scalloped hem (Special Order). The look is accessorized with clear finials on an allen + roth™ nickel rod (#333909) for a light, livable feel that works in any room.

Cellular shade behind print draperies

Comfortably Relaxed Style

This rich, substantial look gets its classic feel from elegant allen + roth™ floral-pattern panels (#5702). The rod-pocket panels are hung from an ornate allen + roth™ rod and finial set (#275110). A cellular shade (#113694) softly filters light.

Print drapes over a striped shade

Refined Fabrics

This linen-like look is tailored yet approachable. From the pretty pattern on the allen + roth™ panels (#25413) to the fabric’s refined waves, the look has a sophisticated yet inviting vibe. A striped shade (#348677) and a filigreed allen + roth™ rod and finial set (#276039) provide the finishing touches.

Illustrated window frame showing measurement points

Measure for Blinds and Shades

For best results, measure at three separate points for both height and width. Use the shortest measurement. Check the depth of your window frame to see if an inside mount is possible.

Illustration of drapery lengths

Hardware Placement Guidelines

For maximum vertical emphasis, mount hardware close to the ceiling. To make your windows appear larger, install hardware well outside the window (up to 1 foot). Double up the panels for an extravagant look. Add relaxed style to a room by allowing panels to puddle slightly on the floor.

3 ways to hang draperies

Classic Drapery Styles

Rod Pocket. This is the flat, horizontal casing that runs the width of the drapery panel at the top. The curtain rod fits into the rod pocket, creating a tightly gathered, easy look. This versatile look is adaptable to most styles.

Concealed Rod Pocket. The casing has a pocket that runs behind the panel and creates clean folds when the curtain rod is inserted. This refined look works best in more formal settings.

Grommet. A series of eyelet holes across the top of the panel are used to thread the panel onto a curtain rod. This updated look creates clean, neat channels that pair well with contemporary or transitional decor.

Designer Tips

  • Roller shades are completely customizable. Choose from decorative fabrics, trims, and hem options. Solar shade fabrics that cut glare and reduce UV rays are another option.
  • Pleated cellular shades are a great value and can be cut in the store for a custom fit. Plus, the cordless shades are a safe option for homes with children and pets.
  • For a cohesive look, choose a hardware finish that looks consistent with the rest of your fixtures, such as lighting, cabinet hardware, and faucets.

Shopping Smart

1. Evaluate the space. Is it formal or casual? Is it full of light? Does the room see a lot of traffic or is it used infrequently? Keep these considerations in mind when selecting a curtain style and material.

2. Consider the options. Do you need privacy and light control? Look for products built for the job or pick panels with a lining, which also help protect fabric from sun damage. (Unlined panels tend to be more decorative than functional.)

3. Make your picks. Don’t limit yourself to just one piece. A layered look can help regulate light and privacy, and it looks more finished and designed. Start by choosing a panel, then add a shade, blind, or sheer. Finish with the rod and finials.

4. Ask questions. Lowe’s has a wide selection of treatments. If you can’t find exactly what you want, consult with one of our window treatment experts who will be happy to help you customize your look.