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RE: Help with window treatments pls (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mlweaving_Marji on 11.16.2013 at 08:46 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

When your draperies are closed you should still have soft pleats. The idea is not to have a flat panel of fabric over your window.
Pleated drapes require fullness of 2.5 to 3x's the width of the window.
Tab curtains or grommet curtains give you more flexibility, but you still want, at a VERY MINIMUM 1.5x's fullness.
So your big window is 70". You'll want to hang your rods to extend 5-6" past the window to allow for stack back... The fabric should cover wall and not all glass when they're open. So now your rod is 80". If you buy 4 50" panels you'll have 200" of flat fabric, which gives you 2.5x's fullness.

For your smaller window that is 36 I'd order 2 panels which will give you nice fullness. And you'll want to hang a 46" rod.

84" is the std length panel for 8' ceilings and typical builder window height.
Draperies to the ceiling used to only be available in custom panels. Now that so many houses are being built w 9' and 10' ceilings ready made companies have been offering the 96" length. You can order those and hem them if you want panels hung to the ceiling.


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Help with window treatments pls

posted by: Violet.West on 11.16.2013 at 01:02 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Aka "WTs" -- see? I'm learning!

So, I've never in my life installed draperies, and now, after 11 months on my new home I'm starting to consider what I need and it'sore complicated than I expected. I pretty much know I want simple linen type neutral brownish and casual curtains with oiled bronze hardware. Simple, right? Er...

Right now ill address the two windows at either end of my long narrow open lining space. Window 1 is the large one which looks toward the street. Window 2 is smaller and looks toward the backyard.

Window 1 shown below is 71" wide, and 81" from floor to top of window. As I understand it, I'm looking for curtains that are off the floor 1/2 inch, and hung at least 4" above the window (some places say halfway between top and the ceiling.) These will be open and closed often for privacy. I'm leaning toward grommet tops for ease.

So, if I order from RH, say, they come in 50"wide/84" long -- do you think that's the right size? that would only allow for hanging 3 1/2 inches above the window. If I got the next size up, 96" long, that would be . . . too long, eh?

This post was edited by Violet.West on Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 13:15


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Ideas for counter wall?

posted by: Violet.West on 09.08.2013 at 05:42 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Here's a pic of the back of my kitchen island/counter thing and I'd like your suggestions for it. Right now it has builder beige paint (as does the whole house). I don't much like the color, but haven't decided if I'm going to paint or not.

My problem is that it's already starting to get dirty since this is a seating area, and it's prone to scuff marks. It's cheap paint and not all that washable. And the area is right in my face where I sit in my tv area.

I was thinking about a stone application, which I like, but y'all thought was tacky. One obvious solution is a better quality paint in a darker color maybe. Better at hiding scuff marks?

I plan eventually to put a fish tank on the lower side (to the left in the pic) where the stools are not. Also, I hope you don't laugh at my house --I have a very casual aesthetic, and am still getting furniture and stuff. But I like it!


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