Y’all are amazing. When I put the SOS call out for help, you really step up to the plate! You had so many great ideas and suggestions for my living room windows. After reading every single comment, re-reading a few that really stood out to me, and pondering my predicament, I narrowed down the options to the two that really made the most sense to me.
The main thing that stuck in my mind after reading the comments was what some of you so astutely pointed out to me — that big window wall isn’t the focal wall in room. The wall with the two smaller windows and the antique dresser is the focal wall. Once I got that through my thick head, I realized that I really did need…and want…to use the floral fabric on that wall somehow. And two options stood out in my mind.
Option 1 – Treat all of the windows the same…kind of.
This is a very sloppy representation of what this would look like. Since I had 18 yards of fabric, I went ahead and cut them into 3-yard increments and just used pins to hang the cut yardage. Nothing has been sewn yet, so it looks like my windows are wearing clothes that are a size too big. And because I didn’t have drapery hardware for the two small windows, I used scraps from drapery poles and hung them with loops of ribbon and thumb tacks. And then I used my very lacking Photoshop skills to put woven shades on the big window.
So yeah…it’s incredibly sloppy right now, but at least it can give us an idea of what this option would look like.
I love this option because, well, I love draperies. I like that they give the same height to the small windows, and add so much softness to that wall. I also think that they really take that wall from taking a side seat to the big window wall, to actually being a focal wall.
The downside is that I wonder if it’ll make this room feel smaller and more closed in. Because everything is so sloppily done here, and not tailored and customized for my particular windows, it’s actually kind of hard to tell. And of course, during the day, I highly doubt that any of the shades will be closed this much. They’ll be open all the way to let in the beautiful sunlight.
And on the topic of sheers, I don’t think they’re outdated at all. I think they add beautiful softness to a room, and gorgeous contrast to a window. And I’ll be willing to concede that they’re outdated when Candice Olsen stops using them completely.
But with that said, let me clarify…I am NOT a fan of this shirred on the rod look that I have going on right now in this room. I think I mentioned this, but these particular sheers are just temporary. These are some cheap Target sheers that claimed to be washable, but shrunk anywhere from 2 to 4 inches, and very unevenly, when I washed them.
The kind of sheers I’ll be using in here won’t be from a big box store. They’ll be custom made to actually fit my window. They’ll have an actual drapery tape header. And they’ll be pinch pleated and hung on rings so that they move easily.
Option 2 – Draperies on big window, and fabric Roman shades on the smaller windows.
Again, please bear with me and my awful Photoshopping skills, but this is kind of what this option would look like.
Again, ignore the awful sheers. They’re kind of tight on that rod, and I just got tired of moving them back and forth.
Anyway, I really like that this option brings the main floral fabric onto the actual focal wall of the room. Another thing I like is that if I make Roman shades out of that fabric, you’ll actually be able to see the pattern on the fabric, whereas with draperies, the beautiful pattern kind of gets lost.
I also like that they’re different — draperies on one window, Roman shades on the others. I’ve never been one to mix and match window treatments in a room, so this is really branching out for me.
The downside? I’m just not sure if Roman shades are “focal wall-worthy,” especially when they’re right next to a huge window that will be dressed in beautiful draperies.
So that’s it. It’s down to these two options. And because I’ve spent so much time thinking about it, reading comments about it, pondering it, considering all the other possibilities, I 100% sure that I want either one or the other of these two options.
Now I just need to figure out which one.
Edit: I’d love your input.