Some ideas for patio door window treatments include sheer panels, side-mounted panels, valances and fabric sliders. Roman shades and blinds are also ideas to take into consideration depending on the amount of traffic through the door.
Both sheer panels and fabric sliders work to frame the door and limit outside light. Sheer panels are made from thin fabric that focuses on filtering light rather than blocking it out completely. A panel with a light background or neutral stripes works well, while a cable and ring clip hanging system maintains the airy look.
A slider is a dual fabric panel or curtains positioned on either side of the door that can be closed completely. For west-facing windows, use durable outdoor fabric that stops both light and heat from taking over a room. A floral pattern with bright edging helps keep the room light even without the sun.
Patio doors in high-traffic areas can be adorned with decorative side-mounted panels that don't close. This keeps curtains from interfering as people go outside or come indoors. A valance is more for looks; it decorates only the top portion of the door in bold patterns while keeping the view intact and freeing up wall space.