Our daughter noticed our window treatments on the blank walls (and not over a window). That is when I knew it was worth my husband hanging from a 2 story ladder. I could just finish this post with that sentence. #wink
Living in the south end of the Denver metro area we may have longer commutes, but the trade-off includes mile-high views of the mountains from our living rooms.
Until a few years ago we had shutters on all of our windows. When we removed the shutters in our family and living rooms we were left lots of wall real estate. All of a sudden the adjacent rooms looked like vacant lots with a couch, lamp and a few throw pillows.
The last thing I wanted was to cover up the windows (and views) with yards of fabric. So I did something out of my decor wheelhouse and added window treatments to the blank walls.
How to Add Window Treatments to Walls
The length of the family room walls from the top paired windows was almost 144.” I did not want to order custom window treatments when my decor style can change between seasons and two boys (young adults) in college.
I did not want to cover the windows, but I wanted to give the illusion of window treatments over the windows. How did I do this?
I found window treatments for both the family and living rooms on a Google search and on this site too.
Instead of covering the windows (and views) I moved the curtains (and hardware) just inches away from the top and sides of the window trim.
And, the best part? There was no mathematical equation to line up the window treatments to the windows. Because I was not installing the curtains in front of the windows I only used two curtain panels. I paired them on opposite sides of the bank of windows.
I choose a similar navy for the window treatments to match the Hale Navy on the wall adjacent to the windows.
Click here to see the windows before the window treatments.
I explained this concept to my husband and boys (who “pretend listened”) that by adding the curtains to the walls I saved money on additional curtain or fabric panels.
More importantly, the placement on the walls gave the illusion of framing the windows, making the views the feature in the room.
For our living room, I had a bit of fiddling around with the placement because of the corner adjacent to the center and side windows.
There was only a few inches from the corner wall and the window trim.
So with my husband on the top of the ladder and me a few steps below, I demonstrated how the hardware had to be installed. We ended up having to cut down the 3rd window rod to fit in the corner.
The best part? My daughter did not notice the shorter length in the corner.
I love the color and warmth of the window treatments without hiding the views. What do you think?
Want to see the before and after paint colors in the family room?