Dining Room Window Treatments

Dining Room Window Treatments

November 28, 2022 By Hunter Douglas


Which Window Treatments Work Best on Dining Room Windows?


As formal dining rooms have evolved to include more casual, multi-functional eating areas, so have the styles of dining room window treatments. So, when choosing your window coverings, it’s important to consider your particular décor. Would formal dining room drapes or traditional window treatments work best? How big are your windows? And what about your privacy and light control needs.

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Side Panels & Drapery


Side panels and drapery are one of the more popular dining room window treatments. Used on their own and especially when combined with other window treatments, they’re a great way to add softness, texture and color.


If you have tall windows, drapes will give them a dramatic, regal feel. Or to make smaller windows appear bigger, hang your drapes close to the ceiling and/or extend them beyond each side of the window. This is also a great way to reduce light gaps and reduce energy loss at the window.


For that Finished Look


With so many styles of fabrics and decorative options, drapery can really tie your room together. Design Studio™ Side Panels & Drapery come in numerous on-trend fabrics, like luxurious jacquards, sheers and artisanal embroideries—including eight fabrics from New York designer Rebecca Atwood—all designed to coordinate perfectly with other Hunter Douglas window treatments.


Customize your drapery with just the right pleat style, level of fullness and hardware. For the finishing touch, choose customized pillows to match or order fabric by the yard to create complementary accents throughout your home.

Dining Room Roman Shades


Roman shades offer a wide variety of options, as there are about as many different types of Roman shades as there are materials used to make them.


With an elegantly tailored look, Vignette® Modern Roman Shades have no exposed cords for a clean, crisp appearance. They come in two distinct styles: a flat or full fold that rolls up into the headrail for an unobstructed view or a full fold that stacks neatly into the headrail like a typical Roman shade. And with the Duolite® option, you can pair a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a room-darkening back panel for more privacy and light control options.

Woven Woods: Naturally Chic


Made from natural materials, such as bamboo, grasses, reeds and jute, woven wood shades offer a one-of-a-kind look to your dining room—plus, they’re a nice complement to wood dining room furniture. Since they don’t provide as much privacy as other window treatments, woven wood shades work well in living areas like dining rooms. (Although you can always add a liner for more privacy.) 


Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are available in both horizontal and vertical applications and three styles: Roman, Waterfall Roman and Vertical Drapery. So, if you’re covering a door in addition to your dining room windows, you can coordinate all your shades seamlessly.


Dining Room Shutters


Considered “premium furniture” for your windows, shutters not only add a classic elegance to your dining room, they're durable and provide excellent energy efficiency.


If you live in an extreme climate or your dining room brings in a lot of sun, you may want to think about faux wood shutters, like Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters. They have the look of finely painted shutters, but they’re guaranteed never to warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor, regardless of extreme heat or moisture.


The Sheer Beauty of Shadings


For dining rooms that overlook gorgeous views, sheer shadings beautifully diffuse natural light while still allowing you to see outside. Silhouette® Window Shadings feature S-shaped vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels. The sheers softly filter brightness and glare, while also obscuring the view from the outside for daytime privacy. Silhouette shadings also provide UV protection to help prevent the sun’s damaging rays from fading and deteriorating your furnishings.

Coordinating Horizontal and Vertical Window Treatments


Say you have both horizontal and vertical windows in your dining room. The Whole House Solution™ makes choosing the right products easy by coordinating many Hunter Douglas horizontal coverings with complementary vertical treatments—some product lines even share the same fabric names. Keep in mind that because of their construction and the way they stack and filter light, fabrics on horizontal and vertical applications may have slightly different appearances.

Layering Drapery and Shades


Layering dining room drapery and shades not only creates visual interest, it increases energy efficiency and gives you more ways to control light. Since drapes are much easier to change out, first choose the type of shade. If your dining room is small, you might want a shade with a cleaner look. If your dining room is larger, a more colorful, dramatic shade could work better.


Light-colored shades contrast nicely with a dark drape. If your shade is solid, maybe consider a drape with a colorful pattern. Whatever you choose, pairing drapes and shades can really add drama and dimension to your dining room.