Decorating with Lace Curtains


You can really enjoy creating your very own professional looking decor by stretching your imagination.  These pictures of various window coverings are just a start because we have several articles with additional perspectives.  You can probably think of many other attractive ways to arrive at your own personal choices of Lace Curtain treatments.  In fact, you could even vary the treatments by purchasing Lace Yardage and sewing your own version of a window treatment.


Valance and Tier

This is an example of a Macrame Lace Valance  used in the simplest way inside the window jambs.  A Tier of the same pattern could be added below the valance.  It could just as well be mounted on rods outside of the window jams.  In this picture we used a bolder Macrame Ring Lace.  This type of look can also be accomplished with Lace Curtain fabric purchased by the yard.

Swag Pair and in-between Valance

Another more formal look would be to use a Swag Pair on the sides with a Valance between the Swag sides and a pair of Lace Panels.  An Insert Valance is not necessary if you have a narrower window.  Two Insert Valances can be used to span a wider window.

Arched Window Treatment

By using your imagination the same treatment can be used in a completely different way depending on the configuration of the window.  Sheer curtains such as these can be used where privacy in not important.  In addition to this idea, you could even bend a metal rod to the shape of the crescent window on top for the Swag Pair and in between Valance so that it would follow the curve of the window.  We have an article that further discusses Arched Window Treatments.

Tied Back or Straight

As you can see, tied back Lace Panels enable you to gain a view of the outside but privacy is lost.  Because the Lace Panels generally wrinkle where they are tied back you should decide which way you prefer and leave the Panels either permanently tied back or hanging straight.  These are fairly sheer lace curtains and achieve privacy during the daytime, but at night with the room light on do not.

One Treatment – Two Windows

This is a good way to make two windows look like one.  As a matter of fact, if these two windows were in a corner with each on a separate wall you could do the same thing making the whole corner wider looking, lighter and brighter.  A three window bay as lace kithcen curtains could be treated similarly.  You could still, of course, treat each as a separate window and hang two or three separate Lace Curtains.

One Piece Swag

The treatment using a one piece Lace Swag is limited to a fairly narrow window because there is no way to insert a Valance in the middle.  It is a very effective treatment either with a short Tier as in this picture or with a full length Panel.

Puddled Lace Panel

Puddling, as you can see in this Nottingham Cotton lace curtain from Scotland, is a very old style that has seen a great deal of popularity lately. It can be in a fanned out treatment such as this one.  It is also used where the lower hem is tucked under.  


A Festoon in this case or a straight Valance can be used over two Lace Panels criss-crossed and tied back to each side for a totally different and beautiful effect called a Priscilla.  This treatment involves three rods.

Everything – Swag Pair, Valance, Tier and Pair of Panels

In this picture just about every type of component has been used to create still another historic lace curtain design look.  There is a Swag Pair and an in-between Valance over a Pair of full length Panels tied back with a Tier used inside the window jambs.

After reviewing these many different ideas perhaps you can also revise them to fit your needs. Happy Decorating!

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