Window Treatment Ideas with Tobi Fairley

Hello Allen’s readers! It’s great to be back with you today. I hope spring is treating you well and that you’re soaking up some sun!

Being a Southern girl, I’m especially fond of the warmer temps and longer days we have this time of year. I also love natural light and the beauty that it can bring to any room!

Tall panels like these make the room “guest-ready” and opening them allows plenty of light to shine throughout the space. Since living rooms are such a multipurpose space, it can be nice to maintain some formality while still making your window treatments work for everyday use.

Most people typically think of using roman shades in kitchens or baths. However, they make a fantastic option for bedrooms, too. Having one near a bed can provide extra light for reading, too. For this room, I matched the panel to the duvet and shams to create a polished look.

If you like to entertain, you know that lighting can make or break any event. Blending blinds with panels gives you more control over how much light you let into the room. Here I paired matching cornices and panels with plantation shutters to give the room a more formal or “dressed” look.

If you live in an area that’s lucky enough to get warm temps for more than a few months out of the year, you might also consider changing out your draperies for a fun summer pattern made from a lightweight material. As a color lover, my motto is “go bold or go home.”

These bright, punchy fabrics from my Tobi Fairley Home line are a testament to that and I think they can bring a bit of happy to any room. See the full line at

Speaking of windows, I’m also excited to be a guest speaker at this year’s Vision Conference in Chicago, April 23 – 26. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite trends for windows and more about my business and design philosophy. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there.

Happy Decorating!



10 Responses to Window Treatment Ideas with Tobi Fairley

  1. Thank you so much for this. Loved this, and will definitely make it a project some time.

  2. Teresa Cheser says:

    I loved you first window treatment with long drapes from ceiling to floor. I was wondering if one rod or two(1 per side ) would be best for large double windows of older classic homes.

  3. Cindy Menn says:

    Tobi, Chirpendale is fantastic. It has three things I enjoy in printed fabrics; birds, a bold geometric pattern and fun colors.

  4. david neal says:

    i have to 60 inch tall x 36 inch wide windows with a sliding glass door between, and all separated by 12 inches of wall. i have thought about having a drape panel between each on the 12 inch space but not sure if this would look to busy. what is your opinion? also my ceiling is only 8 feet high. the decor is french country and the room is slightly dark so i think light colored drapes would probably be best. could i put the drapes to the ceiling to make the ceiling look higher?
    thank you,
    mrs. david neal

  5. I love how creative you get with window treatments. Banding, trims and fun fabrics really add a lot to the look and feel of the room.

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  7. Shirley Jackson says:

    Hello Tobi,
    I love your ideas for the Window Treatments.
    I have a large Arched Window and I”m having trouble decorating.
    The walls are white for now. The house color is Cream, Dark Blue Shutters, with White trim.
    I’ve tried Gold and White Scarf draped like a swag. These colors don’t seem to work. Can you help?
    Thank you so much.

  8. Ronald says:

    I love it when people come together and share opinions, great blog, keep it up.Thanks

  9. Sarah Moore says:

    Great collections you have. It would really help me be provide with ideas regarding new look for my home! Thanks for sharing this!

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