Originally Posted by Tigger
What kind of window treatments would go well with verticle blinds? my new apartmentment has verticles. i think i might have a rod going across and then hang the sheer scarf things acrossed it? do curtains with verticles look funny? the walls are a very light taupe color and white crown moulding acrossed the ceilings, so i am definitely going with white.
Well....start with the vertical line - you don't want to fight it, you want to enhance it. I like the thought of two different sheers, twisted lightly to provide some depth in a casual swag, one in a very similar shade to your walls and the other a soft bone white. Don't go with off white or bright white, it will draw the eye directly to it as soon as one enters the room. Bone white or a light beige-champagne might be nice - it "moves" the taupe color over the blinds.
For a simple rod, use a dark faux iron design and the sheerest french whites you can get (spend your money here) or the sheerest, lightest lace depending on the theme or mood of the room. That's a beautiful contrast to the taupe walls and molding.
The second thought, and one I use in my own house, isn't a sheer swag or drape at all, but a tight, tailored valance of complementary fabric across the top. For example, we have verticles in one of our rooms, and we have a lot of green in that room. I have fern and floral pillows and dark green velvet pillows accenting an antique chair and armoire, all dark woods. To do a swag or drape (rod) treament would just be way too much "stuff". And the view is really nice out that window, so I tailored a stiff, tight, textured seagrass fabric (sisal) and ran it across as a valance. It softens the harshness of the vertical blinds and pulls the tones in the room together. You can buy valances pre-made at most large fabric stores that have a distinct home-improvement area, but the selection isn't the best. Better to buy the valance frame and make the valance in the fabric of your choice. A seamstress can do it for you too!
I hope I've given you ideas!
Your place sounds like it has a really nice light to it. Post photos!