The Drapery Dilemma
There are two camps of people when it comes to drapery: most either love them, or they loathe them, but little ground in-between, so I’m here to tell you today, it’s ok. You are both right! Either way is ok! Sun drenched rooms without fabric dust catchers? Ok! Dark, comfy caves for sleeping? OK! Curtains in some rooms but not in others? Definitely ok!
Clearly sometimes, privacy isn’t an issue, so going without window treatments is an easy call. In a country rustic-modern farmhouse, I decided that the windows in the breakfast room were far too lovely to hide, so I left them bare. That view is too lovely to hide!
Here’s another double-height dining area in which the designer wisely choose to use drapery - they add needed warmth and softness to a large and imposing space. I don’t know if the neighbors can see in or not, but I guarantee these drapes are never closed. Purely decorative and beautifully so, especially with the simple box cornice.
In bedrooms, most clients prefer room darkening drapes, and I get it. Not everyone wants to wake up with the sun. Even if you are on the third floor in the country, many people just enjoy the security and comfort curtains provide. In my Telluride project, it was tempting to go without any window covering in the master suite because of the lovely beam work, but for warmth and coziness in the mountains, we went for double-lined curtains for both insulation needs, and for keeping one from going snow blind first thing in the morning!
What if you want to let in sunlight, not block views, yet still have the homey feel that fabric gives a room? Here, the solution was to skip the draperies altogether, and just use a scalloped cornice box. All the feel of drapes, with none of the drawbacks!
What are your feelings? Are you pro-drapery drama? Or more "let the sunshine in"? For more curtain inspiration, please visit my “Window Treatment Detail” Pinterest board.