Jennifer in South Carolina is having trouble deciding what window treatments to use in her family room. She seems to suffer from the same thing I do–a need for everything to be perfectly symmetrical. Here’s what she wrote:
I have a wall of windows (and one door) that I need to cover but the door is causing an big headache. I just don’t know how to cover or if to cover. See I have a symmetry affliction. If it does not have some symmetry, it will bother me. So how would you cover the three windows and the one door so that it looks symmetrical? Or should it even be symmetrical?
Here’s a peek at Jennifer’s family room…
Kristi’s Two Cents
I definitely think that the main wall with the fireplace and television needs to be perfectly symmetrical, and it also needs to be the most eye-catching since it is the focal wall. With all of the hard surfaces, it needs softness, so draperies would be the most appropriate.
On the other window and the door, there’s simply no way to maintain perfect symmetry, but I actually don’t think that’s important. I would recommend dressing them similarly, but not necessarily identically.
Here’s how I would dress the windows if they were my own…
On the windows on the main focal wall, I would use full-length draperies hung high close to the crown moulding. Then on the third window, I would use a Roman shade in the same fabric. On the door, I would use either a smaller Roman shade or a small valance.
So what advice to you have for Jennifer? What window treatments do you think would work best in her family room? Give her your two cents!!
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