Good Questions: How Should I Cover the Windows?

Good Questions: How Should I Cover the Windows?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 19, 2007

Hello AT,

Here are some pics of the dining room in our new rental apt. We are replacing the ceiling fixture with a Le Klint 172 and the sconces will also be replaced. The dining table will be a 96" oval Saarinen (thanks to Craig's List). What should we put in the windows?...

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There is no view (just the gross courtyard and we are on a low floor) and no real light coming through. I would like to to cover the windows without competing with the le klint or the busy French Doors. I was thinking of 3 roller shades from the shade store, but should I do solids or a print? Or something else? Any ideas?

Thanks! Michelle

Dear Michelle,

There are two considerations: how much privacy and what's your style? Since privacy is not an issue, you can do light, sheer or a heavy fabric. With your style, you are more traditional, so you would be more inclined to spice it up a little with a print.

This is how we'd do it.

1. Install two rods, with a light, white sheer on the inside to cover the windows and allow light to come through.
2. Install a beautiful solid print that hangs permanently on the left and right.

Don't worry about competing with your artwork, and keep the print mellow. It will dress up your windows, color your room and the artwork will speak separately.

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