Hello loves! Welcome to another Design Dilemma. This week we are focusing on drapery and how to dress awkward windows. A reader writes:
We’ve lived in our house for 8 years and we still have the original drapes as I don’t know what to do with the windows. As you can see by the attached pictures the wall is full of them. The large one is in the livingroom portion of the room and the shorter ones are in the dining room. The drapes in the living room cover about 1/2 of each end window. I’d like to expose the entire window and bring in more light. I don’t know that the windows are deep enough to do blinds as the windows open on the bottom of the window.
The windows in the dining room are shorter. I can’t use any kind of long drapes as the door to the back yard is so close that the fabric would get caught in the door.
My question is, do I do two different types of window coverings or do I attempt to match them like they currently are. Also, what style of window coverings do I use? I’m paralyzed in my thoughts and that is why I have just kept the originals.
Any help you can share would be appreciated! Thanks
I think you can either treat all the windows with the same type of treatment or choose two different types of treatments, but tie them together by keeping the fabrics the same.
A roman shade style treatment on all the windows.
Treat the living room windows with long drapery (hang them 5-10″ beyond the edge of your windows to bring in more light). Use a roman shade in the same fabric for the dining room area.
Another option would be to do a print fabric in the living room panels and pull colors from that fabric to do a roman shade in the dining room.
All photo sources via DecorPad
For a great on-line source for custom window treatments I recommend Smith & Noble. They have a fantastic selection of fabrics and offer free window measurements.
Thank you Rhonda for sending us your Design Dilemma. I hope these photos give you some great inspiration and ideas for your space.