The right curtains, shades, or shutters can turn any window into a stunning focal point.
In the living room of his townhouse in Manhattan's West Village, designer hung curtains with bold contrasting trim modeled after a naval uniform. Gambrel also designed the rug and the club chairs, which are upholstered in a chenille from Carleton V.
Curtains of a Bergamo mohair add color to the Manhattan living room designed by architect Timothy Archambault and decorator Nina Seirafi for Walter Schupfer and Gina Goldman. A custom-made sofa and a daybed flank an Yves Klein cocktail table, and the chair is by Sergio Rodrigues.
Inspired by a Swedish example, antiques dealer Lou Marotta designed swing-arm curtains for the master bedroom of his Colonial-style home in Connecticut's Litchfield County.
Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada of hung shades of a Tony Duquette malachite-pattern cotton in the front parlor of their home in Brussels and placed an iron halo from a traditional religious statue between the windows.
Intricate fretwork panels screen the windows of the master bath in Broadway producer Candia Fisher's apartment, designed by and housed in a 1930s Manhattan building.
At his art-filled duplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side—the former offices of an investment firm—designer hung an array of paintings directly in front of the 20-foot-high windows in his living room. The wool curtains are by Holland & Sherry, the rug is custom made by Asha Carpets, and the club chairs are covered in a Lee Jofa velvet.
Antiques dealer installed a wall of mirror to amplify the effect of the stained-glass windows in the enclosed porch of his home in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, which he has filled with Art Nouveau pieces; the Austrian candlesticks are from the 1900s, and the chair is bamboo.
A meditation room created by architect Fernando Arriaga for a Venezuelan businessman's mountainside retreat is fitted with retractable louvered shutters and white resin floors; the mats and pillows are Balinese, the globe lamp is from the Conran Shop, and the Tolomeo floor lamp is by Artemide.
In this New York City apartment, the master bedroom's bed, nightstand, console, and bedding are all custom made by Fawn Galli Interiors, the 1950s Royère chair is covered in a Dedar fabric, and the 1960s ceiling fixture is German; the curtains are of a Larsen silk, the tiebacks are by P.E. Guerin, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's All White.
At decorator Gwynn Griffith's home in San Antonio, Texas, forest-green shades hang in the double-height screened porch. The suspended sofa and wicker chair are accessorized with pillows covered in African textiles, and the side table is by John Dickinson; stained concrete floors nod to the building's industrial past.
The dressing room in the Manhattan apartment of Estée Lauder creative director Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer is a tribute to her grandmother's signature style—including Estée's favorite blue-and-white color scheme and wall coverings. The soft blue color of the curtains perfectly picks up the room's palette.
In the living room of this Manhattan home, Vladimir Kagan sofas are paired with Karl Springer cocktail tables, the armchair in front is by Milo Baughman, and the lacquered chair's cushion is covered in a Schumacher linen; the shades are of a silk.