Post # 1
Bees, I’m clueless about decorating in general let alone windows! I have a huge bay window in the living room (not floor length though) and French doors that need some sort of drapery. I want to keep it minimal as I love the views and want plenty of sunlight in the house. I don’t want any heavy curtains either as I want to keep the space as open and airy as possible.
Here’s the way the bay window is right now:
(Excuse the boxes as we just moved!) I know it looks very froo-froo and old fashioned, but the fringe is this lovely crochet leaf design that I really fell in love with. It’s also nice and sheer, which is perfect. Problem is that I wanted additional panels in that beige color along the sides of the window opening. But I’m not sure how I can add them on as a third layer. I want to be able to pull the beige drapes over the white drapes to block out a little extra light or give additional privacy if needed. I thought about adding yet another curtain rod, this time make it a bronze color, and hanging that rod above the valence rod somehow. I’d then use those curtain rings with clips on the bottoms to hang the side drapes from. But that would be three full curtain rods above this window, and it might just look weird because it would have to go above the valence rod which sticks out a lot as it is. So confused!!!
The French doors are currently a blank slate as that area is being painted. Again, do not want to block the view at all. Was thinking maybe a single curtain rod spanning nearly that whole wall, and adding sheer panels all the way to the left and right of the doors along with a scraf instead of a valence. There are rods above and below the window panes, so I could add those traditional French door curtains, but that blocks the view, which I really don’t want to do. Any other ideas?
Please post pics to help guide me!
Post # 3
Gosh, commenting to follow because I have very similar questions. I am clueless about window coverings. The rest of my house looks nice and then the windows are just blah.
Post # 4
I am in the same boat as you guys! I bought my house in August and have done nothing to the windows because I just don’t know what to do!
Post # 5
There’s a simple solution for both. The valance in the first picture is hung on an outer,deeper rod. There is then another rod underneath it that is closer to the window,which is where you hang either sheers or panels (or both). Considering how they look right now (with valance and sheers), all you have to do is scrunch the sheers closer together and add panels on the same rod at the ends. No need for a third rod (but that wouldn’t allow you to cover over the sheers for more privacy). You would have to buy a 3 piece rod system to allow you to do what you want to do, and for a window that size, it will be pretty costly. It would be called a traverse rod.
As far as the French doors go. Hang a rod as close to the ceiling as you can get it, measure the length to the floor, and buy panels to hang on either side of the doors,slightly overlapping the wood. The rods should extend at least 6 inches beyond the frame so as much light as possible can come in. If the ceiling is higher than normal, you may have to buy standard length curtains and adjust the rod lower so when the panels are hung they are barely skimming the floor. Take the brackets off the doors and forget about them. lol
Post # 6
@ItWasntMe: Thanks so much! Very helpful! I didn’t touch the brackets on the doors because there would be unscrewing of the backets involved, and I just don’t have the energy to go filling wood holes ATM given we’re still painting that whole area.
The second rod below the valence rod over the bay window is actually a traverse rod! At least I think it is. There are these little plastic tabs with holes that we used these special pins to hook the white sheers into. But I didn’t see a second bar of any sort to put another layer of sheers over them. Would be fabulous if there were, though! I think it’d just look ridiculous with a third valence over that whole system! Could you link me to a photo of the traverse rods you’re talking about?
It is definitely costly to put curtains up! If I were to have gone full price for the pinch-pleat sheers I think I was supposed to get for the traverse rod pins, it would’ve cost $80 retail! Ugh! As it is, I’m going to sew a valence for the kitchen window because I’ve found absolutely nothing that I’ve liked.
Post # 7
This is how you would do the front window with sheers and panels on this kind of rod, which would allow you to open and close them for privacy. If you wanted to keep that valance you have to make sure it extends far enough away from the wall to clear these panels.
In case it was confusing about the doors, you basicly treat them as if they were windows…flanking them with the panels.
Do you have a closer shot of those valances? Were they there when you moved in? If they were, you may have trouble finding the panels to match. If they are ivory with sort of a macrame/lacey edge to them, I think I have at least 6 of the matching panels you can have.
Post # 8
Add a plant or two! And what PPs said. 🙂
Post # 9
@sheepandbear: Haha! There’s lots of plants living in the bay window. They love the sunlight it gets! But it would take a rainforest to cover enough of that window to give us privacy without curtains.
@ItWasntMe: The valences with macrame edging were something I bought from JC Penney recently:
They’re part of the Lisette collection. Sorry they look rough. I literally pulled them out of the pouches and threw them up without stealming or ironing or anything. They came in all sorts of pretty colors including white (though white was not to be found at the store I was at). They’re currently on clearance to make way for new inventory. So I feel like I have to act fast to make sure whatever is going to get done gets done in a timely manner!
That’s awesome about the double traverse rod! That’s exactly what I need! But then I guess we’re talking about essentially throwing away the current rod. Hmmm… decisions decisions…
Incidentally for those of you looking at the traverse rods: The big plus is that it allows you to pull a string to open up the curtains easily. The big downsides are: Good luck finding curtains that fit them easily anymore (I guess they once made curtains that came with the hooks?). You now have to buy special pins and stab them through whatever curtains you want to hang up and it’s very time consuming!
Post # 10
Yep…but the pins are cheap and they last forever. 😛
I wasn’t sure if they were new or not, but the ones I have are from Penney’s too. I have valances and jabots and panels, but I haven’t used them in years. Now that we’re packing up to get our house on the market, I realized how much of a hoarder I’ve been all these years. I have well over 60 drapery panels and 38 sheer panels..ugh. Salvation Army is having a field day getting all this stuff!
Post # 10
That looks absolutely classy and beautiful.
Post # 11
Following as i have a similar set up!