March 8, 2017
No matter how beautiful the interior of your space is, your views of the outside world deserve to be showcased. From country estates and city lofts, to office buildings or five-star hotel presidential suites, doors and windows remain an important transitional piece in any space.
Though they’re a universal part of any building, no two are the same. These transparent go-betweens come in all manners of layouts and configurations—some of which can prove difficult when selecting custom window treatments.
We’ve gathered some ideas to help interior decorators and homeowners alike dress your windows in style while navigating the difficulties of hanging drapes in a challenging space.
Crown molding is the crown jewel of many interiors. Whether it’s original to the space or chosen intentionally, it’s an expensive detail that adds some serious dimension. Though molding and drapery can often coexist quite peacefully, on occasion, a heavy crown molding on a low ceiling or outside a doorframe can inhibit space for drapery tracking or a traditional rod. If you’re looking for an aesthetic solution that won’t detract, we recommend roman shades. You can layer additional design elements like patterned fabric or vertical trim to accent your room’s colors and central themes. We also often install drapery using horizontal back plate brackets mounted just below the moldings. The look is architectural and unified.
Architecturally speaking, perhaps the best way to both frame and easily enjoy an exterior space is through the use of French Doors. They’re also perfect for segmenting large rooms into distinctly separate spaces. When they open inward toward your desired window treatment, the logistics begin to take on a new level of complexity. One easy fix is to mount the curtain rod so that it extends beyond the hinge of both doors. That way, your draperies fall safely to each side, remaining out of the way. Whether you secure fabric with a curtain tieback or complementary bracket, the set up offers easy access to both privacy and natural light.
Bay windows are delightful structures that offer triple the view. Though they can technically be treated individually, if the area is recessed forming a nook, it may make more sense to dress the set up as one unit. We love the look of box pleat valances attached to the top of the window trim. You can also mount drapes on the exterior windows to create elegant visual impact. The valance-drapery combo is a great trick for hiding the functional, but less attractive parts of your window treatment without impeding your panoramic view.
Arched doors and windows are a great way to make any space appear larger. But these impressive structures are to be marveled at, not covered up. Still, the desire for privacy is often at odds with their expansive, translucent nature. One good compromise is to deploy a curtain rod along the portion of the window that calls for privacy, leaving the arch itself unmasked. You can also affix swags part way up to make the enclosure more visually appealing. In the rare case that you do want to cover an arched window, use a curved rod with drapery rings that can lock in place to defy gravity.
In short, no matter how complex a space may appear, adding drapes remains the best way to showcase the splendor of the outdoors. If you’re ready to beautify your Los Angeles- or Dallas-area home, restaurant, hotel or business with custom window treatments, contact the interior professionals at GP Drapery.