Good Questions: What Drapes Would Work in My Bedroom?

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Hello AT,

I just moved into my first "real world" apartment, and I do not want it to look like a college dorm - though I am on a budget. The bedroom is the first of many design projects; however, I cannot paint the walls. I found a great rug, and some matching sheets, but I need drapes for the large window. What drapes would work for this room - color and style?...

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Could you please recommend some artwork for the walls and other accessories.

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Please feel free to offer any other design ideas.

[The window is 10ft wide and 5ft tall. The distance to the floor is just below 8ft.]

Thank you, Alexandra

Dear Alexandra,

Indeed, your room is very nice, but it's verging on b o r i n g. You need to add some spice. The way to do this is to add both color and contrast. The drapes will do this.

We would recommend a dual solution.

First go for those dark, mottled bamboo drop shades that will cover the windows for privacy and add a new strong texture. Second hang tall, light curtains at both sides as high up and as far wide as possible.

For the bamboo drop shades look at Smith and Noble.
For the curtains look at Pottery Barn linen shades - Carlisle in Cranberry!.

For artwork, take your time! Look for two small lovely pieces that have meaning to you and are hand-made (not posters) that you could hang on either side of the bed.

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