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Even though balloon shades are very traditional in style, this pair succeeds in creating a more modern look. The geometric pattern of the fabric, along with the playful vertical ties, adds the element of whimsy that's often found in eclectic spaces.
Style tip: Save money by creating your own balloon shade — vertically gather a single, ordinary curtain from top to bottom with ribbon.
This elegant balloon shade, done in a sophisticated toile fabric, disappears into the matching wall covering. Repeating the pattern of the wall covering on the window treatment emphasizes the arched tub opening and adjacent cabinetry, not the shade.
Style tip: This effect works just as well with solid colors. Choose a fabric in a shade similar to your paint color to emphasize other architectural elements in a room.
Use your balloon shade as a backdrop for additional treatments on the same window. Here we have a balloon shade flanked by a pair of drapery panels and finished off with a decorative valance — layering at its best!
Style tip: For a slightly lighter appearance, try forgoing the side drapery panels and letting the balloon shade shine on its own.