In response to a lot of interest and comments made on my May 3, 2011 post titled The Right Way to Hang Curtains and drapes (click here to read), I came up with some ideas that might further inspire you. My May 3, 2011 post covered mounting drapery rods and stack back. This post is more of a pictorial showing a number of different windows and possible ways of dressing them.
Illustrations 1 and 1A show a pair of double hung windows with a radiator under them. A pair (or two) of stationary drapes are hung on each side of the windows to frame them. A valance is hung close to the ceiling to cover the window frame and to give the illusion of height. Sheers are placed behind the valance and just go to above the top of the radiator. Roller shades could be mounted behind the sheers for privacy and light control.
Illustrations 2 and 2A show a window positioned to the left of an entry door. Double Left Side patio pull traverse rods are used for a sheer under curtain and top drape.
Illustrations 3 and 3A through 3E show a large window with triple transoms. Illustration 3A shows a decorative rod hung up close to the ceiling above the window. 3B shows a decorative rod that is hung across the top of the decorative molding that runs above the three lower windows. 3C shows scarfing fabric swagged up and across the outside edges of the molding surrounding the window.
Illustration 3D shows three swag valances mounted inside the window molding. 3E shows scarfing fabric formed into rosettes and hung downward between the windows. To provide privacy and light control for window treatments, 3C, 3D, and 3E a bottom up and top down honey comb shade, fabric roller shade, roman shade, etc could be used.
Illustrations 4 and 4A depict how dissimilar windows are tied together by similar window treatments. Drapes and Balloon Valances are used on the large window and Balloon Valances are used above the smaller windows.
Illustration 4 B shows windows topped by swags and jabots. This kind of window topping treatment could also be substituted for the balloon valances in illustration 4A.
Illustration 5 shows a cornice box. Cornice Boxes have a top, two sides and front; and are made of light weight wood, covered with upholstery batting and then fabric covered. They are held above a window with L shaped brackets mounted on the wall.
Illustrations 6A and 6B show two different styles of Lambricans. Lambricans are constructed of wood like cornice boxes, but extend around 3 sides of a window or door. They are most often seen upholstered, but some are hand painted with designs.
Illustration 7 shows a pair of casement windows that form the corner of a room. Left and Right Patio Pull Traverse Rods move drapery fabric backward, exposing the windows.
Illustrations 8A through 8D show 4 possible ways of draping windows, in this case, next to a fireplace. 8A depicts a drapery panel pulled (left) away from the fireplace. 8B illustrates how two different pieces / colors of scarfing fabric are draped and braided on a decorative rod. Illustration 8C shows how a swag and jabot are mounted just below the top of an arched topped window. ( Notice how together the fabric swag and arched window form a round shape). 8D shows scarfing fabric tucked with florist wire and secured alongside the window frame with small WireBrads. Honey comb shades, fabric covered roller shades, Roman shades, etc would all be used along with the decorative window treatments to provide light and privacy control.
Illustration 9 shows how stationary drapes are hung along side a modern version of a Palladium Window. The non-moving swags and drapery panels are mounted alongside the windows on decorative rods to soften the look.
Illustration 10 depicts 3 double hung windows topped by 3 transom windows. Swagging fabric could be draped from the top edge of the molding around the windows on decorative metal pull backs or knobs, or rosette forming hooks. The fabric hangs down from the top of the window to cover the top of the molding above the 3 windows below. I think this works because the scarfing fabric brings your eye up to the top of the window, but it also brings your eye downward as it forms the bottoms of the swags. This kind of decorative treatment adds softness to this architectural feature without adding visual weight.
I hope these visuals have spurred your imagination and given you some ideas on how to dress the windows in your house. They are just a starting point, it is all about what your mind’s eye can envision for your home. Now that I have shown your some possibilities, look through better decorating magazines and see what the professionals are doing. You will see in the magazines a lot of what I have covered here in this post.
The Right way to Hang Curtains and Drapes 5-3-2011,
Looking at Patterns used in Interior Decorating on Fabric, Drapes, Wallpaper and Carpeting 3-10-2012,
Looking at the Different Sizes of Patterns used on Wallpaper and Fabric 3-20-2012,
Mixing and Matching Fabric and Wallpaper Patterns 4-13-2012
Pick (Use) Four colors when Decorating a Room 3-7-2011.
Arranging Living Room Furniture, so Sofas talk to Chairs, like the Pros do 9-7-2012,
Arranging Furniture TWELVE different ways in the Same Room 9-15-2012,
Arranging Furniture around a Fireplace in the Corner of a Room 9-29-2012,
When Buying Living Room Furniture, FORGET the Loveseat, buy two Wing, Club or Occasional Chairs instead 10-13-2012,
Arranging Furniture in a 12 foot wide by 24 foot Long Living Room 2-5-2014,
It’s Easy to Arrange Furniture in a Square Living Room, Some Ideas that will Inspire You 11-29-2013
Matching the Right Shape End Table with a Table Lamp 1-12-2014,
The Right Height of Table Lamp for your End Table 5-19-2011