Good Questions: How To Finish My Window?

Good Questions: How To Finish My Window?

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 30, 2007

Hello AT,

I was hoping the good folks at AT could help me with this question.
Actually, my question is twofold. I have just made new curtains for
my black, white and aqua office/piano studio. As you can see from the
picture, the window itself is unfinished which looks somewhat pitiful with those tacky old blinds.

I would like to somehow cover the space between the ceiling and the top of the window to create the illusion that the window is taller than it is. I thought maybe some sort of fabric shade installed behind the curtains? Any ideas?...

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My second question is about the room colors. I am set on black and white for sure. I like the combination of the aqua walls with some accents of mustard yellow and tiny pops of red. (very tiny) I have a future floor plan which shows off my idea for area rugs, etc. Could I pull these colors off? The rug sample is my inspiration. I would appreciate any advice!

Thank you!! - Brie

PS I just want to credit AT "Good Questions" for finding the Steel Cable system at West Elm which I was inspired to use in this same space to create one wall of sheer curtains to cover closet doors. Thanks again!

Dear Brie,

We'll start off, and hope that other rush in to finish.

The simplest thing to do is to hang a thing "cafe" style curtain from the rod that fills the space to the window and matches your side panels, however, we would:

- lower the rod to 1/2 way between ceiling and window for better proportion
- mount a thicker rod with floor length panels at the sides to articulate the height the window and ceiling more
- install 2-3" white trim around your window to make it larger and beefier in that way

All of this will help and any one thing will also help.

Anyone else?

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