Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Andrea needs help with deciding how to dress her corner windows on either side of her fireplace.
Here’s what she said:
How do I dress these 4 corner windows flanking my fireplace? Do I just use a corner attachment to attach the rods,since the windows are so narrow? I don’t like it when there is so little space and decorative finials are just there and look weird in the corner. Do I not use a rod with a decorative finial or just the one side (not in the corner)? Do I just use one panel per window or will having the corner connector allow me to add a set of panels per window for fullness and treat the adjacent windows as one (hope that makes sense?)with the corner taking on excess.
I had hoped to do a drape and some coordinating layer- maybe a sheer , not too fussy, possibly a blind (not sure if I want a plain fabric roman or what). Please no- window scarves- this is the room with the t.v. in it- and will need it to be able to block out the light. The floors are a medium dark wood, and the kitchen space (open concept) which is adjacent has dark espresso cabinets so I was unsure if a wood roman would clash- or do I find one in similar color. For now- the walls stay builder beige, and yes- I hate the fact that the t.v. is wired for over the fireplace but it is what it is.
First, I have no problem at all with a t.v. above the fireplace. Sometimes, it’s just the best place for it. And second, you will never, ever, ever see me recommend window scarves to anyone…ever. 🙂
So with that said, I would definitely recommend drapery panels, and I would treat each window separately as far as the panels go. Two panels (one on each side) for each window.
Here’s an example of corner windows in a bedroom designed by one of my absolute favorite designers, Tobi Fairley.
Contemporary Bedroom by Tobi Fairley
You can see that she dealt with corner windows by treating each window individually…and appropriately. What I mean by that is that on the big window, the fullness of the draperies is appropriate for a window of that width (each panel looks like at least two widths of fabric), while the smaller window has drapery panels that don’t have quite so much fullness to them (perhaps just one width of fabric per panel).
Since your windows appear to be the same width, I would suggest dressing them individually, but obviously you would use the same width of panels on each window.
If you line your fabric with blackout lining, that will give you the option of blocking out the light completely, which might be perfect for movie nights during the long days of the summer.
For light filtering, you could certainly do either a Roman shade or sheers. I personally think that a matchstick Roman shade would be a great option, and would bring the color of your kitchen cabinets over to your windows.
As far as the hardware, this is what I suggest…
You do not have room on the ends closest to the fireplace for a finial, so I wouldn’t try to force one in there. It’ll look cramped and awkward, and will push your drapery panel (which already won’t have as much room on that side as it does on the corner side) over even further onto the window, and you don’t want that.
So instead, I suggest attaching that end directly to the side wall of the firpelace. You can do this by using pole connectors (look like screws on both ends), and screwing one end into a wall anchor in the drywall, and then screwing your drapery rod into the other end.
In the corners, use corner connectors to attach the two rods and make them one continuous rod.
And then on the ends that extend out into the room, that’s where I would add the finials. So for all four windows, you only have a total of two finials.
This arrangement will give the impression of one, long continuous drapery rod that extends through the fireplace wall and out the other side, and wraps around all of the windows.
Now one other option (just because you do have so little room on the side of the windows closest to the fireplace) is to use one panel per window, and open them both towards the corner like this…
Just remember that with this option, you still want to have the appropriate width of fabric for each window! So purchasing two ready-made panels and hanging them in the corner won’t work. If you’d normally hang one panel on each side of the window, then you’ll need one double-width panel for each window in order to do this corner configuration.
Quite honestly, this would be my second choice, and only if you can’t get the panels to look right considering how little room you have on the fireplace side of the windows. If you can make it work (and possible use the panels to disguise the fact that the window isn’t centered in that space) then I definitely like the first option better for your windows.
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