Let’s talk about window treatments for a minute. Sometimes we need window treatments to be functional and sometimes we need them to be beautiful. I prefer to achieve both!
Now, depending on where your house is situated and what your privacy needs are, the options are many. If I am in a home with no one behind me, I prefer to have nothing on the windows at all…just something lovely to frame the window.
Someone just mentioned to me that draperies are coming back in style. To this I have to reply: they never went out of style! Now, if you’re thinking of the dusty old drapes from your mother’s house years ago, then yes, those are gone…no swags, no valances, nothing like that. I’m speaking of beautifully tailored draperies that frame a window. They don’t have to be incredibly expensive or custom-made. I’ve had fantastic luck at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. If you wait for a sale, it’s reasonable. You can even find some that will do from Target or T. J. Maxx. I think that draperies are the earrings of the window…that finishing touch that brings the whole room together.
Next, let’s talk about how to hang draperies: I prefer to go a minimum of 4 inches out and 4 inches up from the top corner of the window frame. I know you can’t do this in every case because you will have some constraints from the adjoining walls. The idea is to make the window seem larger than it is. I like the inside edge of the drapery to graze the window trim when the drapes are fully open. I also prefer to have the draperies just graze the floor, whether it’s carpet or hardwood. Measure carefully! My husband has learned the hard way that drapes are not always sewn perfectly, so you should measure the actual drape before hanging the rod in case you need to make any minor adjustments to the height.
For fabrics, I tend to go with classic linen or velvet because they are timeless. In my living room, I even went with a pattern…it’s muted and it ties my whole room together.
Don’t be shy, get out of your comfort zone a bit!