Do you remember when I decorated my front room as a living room, and I had such a hard time deciding what the heck to do with window treatments? Well, as I’ve been trying to decide what to do with my windows this go ’round, I’m starting to remember all of the issues I had last time. Last time, I finally decided to go with draperies on the big front window, and Roman shades on the two side windows.
(That room looks so dark and dreary to me now!)
But this time, I really have my heart set on draperies for the two windows flanking the fireplace — thick horizontal black and white stripes, like I keep showing you in this mock-up that I did.
(Of course, the crown moulding will wrap all the way around the room, and not just around the overmantel. And the windows will actually have casings on them.)
So after reading all of your comments about whether or not casings need to match, I’ve been pondering it for a few days, and two of your suggestions have really stood out to me. My favorite is the idea of bumping the crown moulding away from the wall a bit to create a cornice, and hanging the curtains all the way to the ceiling behind the crown moulding, like in this room…
I love how clean that look is, and I think it would look fantastic on the windows on the fireplace wall. But with that design, the three front windows give me a problem. Here’s a picture I took right after the window installers finished installing the windows, and you can see how the front windows are placed in relation to the windows on the fireplace wall.
Because of the weird spacing, I really don’t think I’d be able to do the crown moulding cornice on the front windows also because it would require a strange jog in the crown moulding in the corner of the room. The bumped out crown moulding for the window to the right of the fireplace would go all the way to the side wall in the corner of the room. But then on the front wall with the three windows, the crown would be against the wall for about a foot, and then would bump out to create the cornice for the front windows. I just can’t picture how that that awkward little jog in the corner of the room could look good.
So that leads me to my second favorite suggestion, which was to do the casing on the windows the same as my doors, but make the header a bit shorter. And then I could just hang my draperies on curtain rods.
Of course, even if I just hang the draperies on curtain rod, the spacing of those windows still causes issues for me. If the windows had the same spacing from the corner of the room, like the corner windows in John & Alice’s bedroom that I decorated many moons ago, it wouldn’t be a problem at all.
But the uneven spacing of the windows in relation to the corner is the same issue that I had last time. If I do draperies on all of the windows, no matter how I slice it, the draperies on the front windows are going to stick out and cover part of the view of the drapery panel on the window to the right of the fireplace. Know what I mean?
Plus, I’m wondering if that’s just going to be way too much black and white stripe for one room.
So all of that to say that I’m back in that same place I was two years ago — considering two different window treatments for the windows in this room. But this time, I’m considering the draperies for the fireplace wall, and something else for the front window. I don’t mind mixing and matching window treatments in a room. Not at all. In fact, I generally like it if it’s done well.
So we’ll see. I really like the idea of having the bold striped draperies just flanking the fireplace, and I also like the idea of using a different style of window treatment on the front windows. But I’m having trouble when it comes to the exact style of the window treatment that would coordinate nicely with the draperies.
I could do a black Roman shade with a white ribbon trim where this one has the pink ribbon trim. (I chose this picture because of the inside mount Roman shades with the tall header on the window casings, which is similar to how mine would look.)
Or I could do a really nice and interesting roller shade.
So I’m not quite sure yet, but I don’t want this decision to hold me up any longer. I think I’ll go ahead and do the crown moulding cornice on the windows flanking the fireplace, since that was my absolute favorite option. I’ll go ahead and use the tall header on the casing that matches my doors, and then I’ll make a decision later about window treatments for the front windows.
If those front windows weren’t the main front-and-center windows on my front porch, making them the main windows of my house, and if they didn’t give passersby a direct view into my house, I’d actually consider leaving window treatments off of those windows altogether. And coming from me…the window treatment addict…that’s really quite something. But unfortunately, I do need something for privacy at night, so leaving them “undressed” isn’t an option for the long term.
EDIT: I did a very quick cut-and-paste mock up of what the room might look like with draperies on the fireplace wall, and Roman shades on the front windows. I just wasn’t able to get the crown moulding above the windows on the fireplace wall, so it still takes a bit of imagination. I think i like it!
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.