Hunter Douglas window fashions are both beautiful and functional on their own, but when they are layered, they become even more amazing.


For a clean, sleek look that lets in a lot of light and doesn’t require privacy, pair a screen shade with a fabric-covered cornice. The screen shade fits neatly within the window and filters light while maintaining your view outside, and the cornice provides a no-fuss dash of color. If you require more darkness or privacy, an opaque roller shade can be hung out of sight behind the screen shade and pulled down only as needed.


Nothing says elegance like yards of custom drapery in rich fabrics. Increase the beauty by hanging them with soft sheers. Or for even more light control options, add Silhouette® or Pirouette® sheers with vanes or loops of fabric that can be closed to shut out more light and provide more privacy without closing the drapes. A tasseled or corded valance at the top is the finishing touch.


Woven wood shades and stained wood blinds or shutters are the obvious choices for natural looking window treatments. Pair any of these with earth-tone curtains or valances in cotton or linen for a fresh, simple look. Functioning curtains can be replaced by side panels on each side of the window since shades and blinds are both effective window coverings on their own. If the woven wood shades let in too much light, line them with a solid fabric to increase their opacity.


For fun windows in a child’s room, combine roller shades in a bright color with valances in contrasting colors decorated with bright buttons or trim. The valances are safely out of reach from curious fingers and the roller shades create instant darkness when it’s bedtime or naptime.

Tricks for Layering Window Treatments

  • Use blinds or shades that hang inside the window trim to reduce bulk when adding more layers.
  • Pair energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades, with Roman shades, draperies, or valances to save energy and still have the designer look you desire.
  • For areas where you want softness but that aren’t conducive to loose fabric or sheers, pair Roman shades with screen shades. The fabric folds of the Roman shades will give the feel of draperies and the screen shades will filter the light like sheers.
  • Bring the different layers of window treatments together by pulling a color from a patterned layer to use for the layer.
  • When layering window treatments that each require rods for hanging, use a decorative rod for the outermost layer, and a plain one for the inner layer. The inner rod probably won’t be visible and plain rods are less expensive and often less bulky.

It can be difficult to visualize how window treatments will look when layered. So if you’re thinking about layering window treatments in Wesley Chapel, Florida, let Mar-Go Interiors help you find the winning combination for your windows.