Selecting Window Treatments for a Long Room?

Selecting Window Treatments for a Long Room?

Kimber Watson
Oct 22, 2009

Q: I just recently purchased a Baltimore rowhome and finally decided to get rid of the curtains the seller left. Characteristic of Baltimore rowhomes, the room is long. It is one large room containing the living and dining areas.  I have my home decorated in a mid-century modern style, but I'm at a loss as to what to do with the curtains... 

Sent by Sonia

The furniture is all neutral in color with added splashes of mostly green and white accessories and throw pillows. We were also thinking about painting the wall with the windows a shade of green to tie everything together. I know my way around a sewing machine, so I could easily create something custom - but I'm also willing to purchase already made curtains. Any ideas? Should they go ceiling to floor, or just to the end of the window? Should we make one big long valence, 4 separate ones or none at all? Does anyone know anything about the layering look when it comes to curtains so that one "accent" curtain accentuates the patterned curtain?? PLEASE HELP!!!

Editor: Sonia- First, I would definitely hang curtain panels from floor to ceiling. Hanging them high (and sometimes wide), visually enlarges the window and adds height and drama to the space. Since you have so many windows, I would forgo valances. Valances can be tricky to get right without the perfect fabric and tailoring, and can easily overwhelm a narrower room.

Have you thought of using a natural woven shade? They can be shear to allow more light in or backed with a privacy liner. If hung on the inside of the window, you can always add curtains for extra privacy or to add more interest to the room. Smith + Noble has an excellent selection of woven shades. Here are two examples, but they come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and colors.

If you decide to go with curtains, I think a natural linen curtain like these could be lovely.

That's just one opinion. Lets hand this question off to our readers and see what they can come up with!

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