June 2, 2014

LIVING ROOM DRAPES

The windows in the living room are tallllllllll.  As with most tall ceilings and windows, there’s always a dilemma when it comes to window treatments.  I went back and forth with a lot of different options before I settled on the right one.  Here is the thought process behind the long living room drapes.

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Do you roman shade them all?  Would have probably looked pretty good, but wowza, talk about expensive.  And how would I raise and lower them each day?  My sister-in-law has romans on similar windows in her house and they are switch operated.  Brilliant, but again, pricey.

Drapes half way up was an option.  I’ve seen this done well, but it didn’t feel right for this space.  With the new moulding detail on the wall, the windows really became the focal point.  Hanging drapes from the middle felt like it would chop it up too much and distract from the awesomeness of the height.

Jon was all “let’s just skip the drapes!” but I knew they could really be a wow factor and an important finishing touch.

I thought long drapes that spanned the length of the windows would really be amazing, but they would have to be custom, and use a lot of fabric, which could be expensive.

I started searching for the right fabric.  I’ve always loved Tahitian Stitch in Tusk by Lacefield Design and thought it would be perfect for the space, but I needed so much fabric for both the drapes and a pillow.  The stars aligned when I found it at Home Fabrics for $7.99/yard.  What a deal.  I snatched it all up and sent it off to my seamstress.

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I used drapery clips to hang them.  I feel like it’s a good mix of formal and casual.  The clips and the rods are from Target and were really inexpensive.  There are still blinds in place, which are easily raised and lowered for privacy if needed.

I love how they turned out!  They add so much drama and your eye immediately goes to that wall.

What do you think?  Do you dare to do long drapes?

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  1. Janet says:

    Perfect!

  2. Kristi says:

    This is STUNNING Jen! First of all, I absolutely LOVE that rug – I’m dying to find something similar for our own living room someday! That table is SO amazing and the colours you chose bring so much fun and personality to the space! LOVE. IT. ALL! I am super excited to share this with my favorites from the week this Friday morning @ http://www.makingitinthemountains.com. Wishing you a fab rest of the week!

  3. Rita says:

    This is beautiful! Where is that rug from?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love your living room, absolutely gourgeous!!! I have a question if you don’t mind. Did you use the the full 55″ width of the fabric per panel or cut it in half to make each panel 27 1/2″ each? Thanks for your input, I’m am struggling with my wall of tall windows!

  5. Mary Anne says:

    I love your living room, absolutely gourgeous!!! I have a question if you don’t mind. Did you use the the full 55″ width of the fabric per panel or cut it in half to make each panel 27 1/2″ each? Thanks for your input, I’m am struggling with my wall of tall windows!

    • Jen says:

      Hi Mary Anne! Thank you so much for your kind words! I can’t remember the exact width, but I did cut it down from the full fabric width. I want to say it was around 27/28 in. We never close them so they stay in place. Hope that is helpful!

  6. Alicia Sly says:

    Hi Jen! This room is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see what you do in your reno! I’m looking at adding tall drapes for my large great room windows. May I ask who you use to see your curtains?

    Thanks so much!

    Alicia Sly

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