Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
You would not believe how much time I spent last week trying to finalize my office design. I’m pretty sure I changed my mind at least 20 times. And even now, I’m pretty sure I have a design in mind, but I’m not 100% sure.
When I purchased the drapery fabric last week, I was planning on having my desk and an entire wall of built-in cabinets along the one long wall in the room, which is the first thing you see when you walk in the room. Then I planned on having an upholstered chair by the one window in the room for a little reading corner. So I ordered enough drapery fabric for full-length draperies on the window as well as on the closet (which will be used for something other than a closet).
That design just wasn’t setting well with me. Now plans have changed.
I’ve decided to move the desk and built-ins to the one wall with the window so that they won’t be the focal point of the room, which means that I can no longer use full-length draperies since there will be a desk in the way.
So I started considering my options, and I’m actually considering short draperies.
I know that the idea, and even the mere mention of short draperies, horrifies many people as visions of 1960s décor flashes through their minds. But I’ve seen short draperies used in situations like this one where they look fantastic! Here are a few examples…
Short draperies on a kitchen window, from Holly Mathis Interiors via Pinterest
Short draperies used in a home office from Rambling Renovators, via Pinterest
Short draperies used in home office, via Design Sponge
Those are all very nice, right? I’m sure they’re nothing like those visions of short 1960s curtains that you had in your head. And interestingly, after a few days of wrestling with this idea of short draperies, I checked my e-mail this morning and found the new issue of House of Fifty waiting for me. Did you see it yet? Did you see the article by Emily A. Clark starting on page 20 about short draperies? How very timely!
I’m taking that as a sign. It’s meant to be for my office. I’m definitely going to do it…I think. I’m pretty sure that I’m 100% positive. I’m almost certain that I’m definitely going to do it.
So what’s your take on the use of short draperies? Do you avoid them like the plague? Do you think there are appropriate times to use them? Do still have your short draperies from the 60s hanging on the windows of your home in anticipation of their return as the next great thing in home decorating?
Tell me what you think.
Have you used short draperies/curtains in your own home? Have you seen other examples of them used in a way that you think looks great? If so, leave a link in the comments below! Do you think I’m going to completely ruin my office if I use short draperies? If so, I’d love to hear from you also. State your case!
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