When I profiled Liz and Chris for Before & After: Stage One of Liz & Chris' "Transitional" Renovation, Liz told me that she had originally planned on yellow silk drapes for their dining room. But her husband Chris balked, saying, "I don't want to live in the White House. We're in our 30s. Can't we have some fun curtains that look young?" So they took a risk with a fun, bold lattice pattern for the curtains (Image 2). I think they made the right call. The geometric print dramatically highlights the traditional chair backs while also giving the room a young, vibrant feel. But I know pulling the trigger on a bright graphic print — especially for something as central and expensive as window treatments — can be scary. It takes a lot of experience to be able to visualize how a given pattern will play out on a large scale when all you have is a fabric swatch and a blank window.
If you need a little hand-holding, here are some examples of relatively conservative rooms that have been successfully enlivened and enhanced by scene-stealing window treatments.
• 1 Angelique's Feminine Vintage Harmony House Tour — Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler
• 2 Before & After: Stage One of Liz and Chris's Transitional Renovation
• 3 Meg's Traditional Mix House Call
• 4 Callie Grayson
• 5 Callie Grayson
Images: as linked above