Window Treatments for Older Homes

Window Treatments for Older Homes

May 6, 2024

When it comes to older homes, you might think that you’re limited in terms of options for window treatments. In fact, just the opposite is true. No matter whether your home style is colonial, arts and crafts, mid-century modern, a 1970s split level, contemporary, or something in-between, there’s definitely a window treatment—such as the ones below—to complement it.

Roller Shades

Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades   Fabric: Ainsley   Color: Morocco

Sleek and minimalist, roller shades can seamlessly blend into a room’s décor—as well as stand out—making them ideal for any style of older home.

Designer Roller Shades   Fabric: Eastbourne   Color: French Gray

Designer Roller Shades   Fabric: Irving   Color: Flamingo

The beauty of roller shades is their versatility; they work well in all rooms and are available in a wide array of solid colors, patterns and textures. Designer Roller Shades, for example, come in over 300 fabrics, globally sourced from around the world. You can even select one fabric for the shade and another for the headrail, as well as opt for decorative top or bottom accents, to complement a room’s aesthetics.

Roman Shades

Vignette® Roman Shades   Fabric: Leela   Color: Escape

A classic window treatment, Roman shades soften the feel of a room and add a more modern spin to an older home. You’ll find different styles based on how the shade’s fabric folds, such as a swag, relaxed fold and soft fold, giving you options for your room’s vibe.

Vignette® Roman Shades   Fabric: India Silk   Color: Taj

Vignette® Roman Shades   Fabric: Idyllic   Color: Norri

Elegantly tailored Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are available in both full and flat folds, depending on whether you want a more sumptuous window treatment or one that’s more understated. Choose from sheer, light filtering or room darkening opacities, according to how you use the room.

Wood Blinds and Shutters

Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds   Color: Deco Gray

Like Roman shades, real wood blinds or shutters are classic window treatments. Durable and sturdy, they add warmth to a room with their subtle textures, grain patterns and color variations. They also beautifully complement wood flooring or stained wood trim often found in older homes.

Parkland® Wood Blinds   Color: White Sand

Parkland® Wood Blinds   Color: Cosmopolitan

If you’d like to bring luxury to a space, consider Parkland® Wood Blinds, which come in over 50 colors. Enjoy light control and privacy by simply tilting the slats, as well as a complete view to the outdoors without lifting the blind.


Carole Drapery   Fabric: Regal Touch  Color: Cream

In older homes, drapery not only finishes the look of a room, but also can make ceilings look taller and windows look larger. The type of pleat you choose for a drapery, such as ripplefold or pinch pleat, can also complement your home’s era with its distinctive style.

Carole Drapery   Color: Ming

Carole Drapery   Color: White

Carole Drapery Fabrics are perfect alone or layered over shades or blinds. With over 4,000 fabrics to choose from in textures, solids, prints and patterns, there’s a drapery fabric to set the mood for any room.

Add Modern-Day Convenience

You can control all the above window treatments manually—but why not bring today’s tech to your older home?

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PowerView® Automation

With PowerView® Automation, you can conveniently control shades with a remote, tap on your mobile device, automatically or even with your favorite voice assistant. PowerView shades offer a host a benefits, including increased privacy (schedule shades to close whenever you want) and enhanced security (schedule shades to automatically raise and lower at set times while you’re away).

Enjoy a Custom Fit

The best way to ensure your shades fit your large windows perfectly is by working with a window-treatment specialist. A specialist will meet with you to talk about the needs for your space and collaborate with you to select fabrics and colors.

A specialist will also take care of measuring and installation, ensuring a seamless fit.


Carole Drapery

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