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Need some window treatment ideas

 
 
chai2
 
Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2010 03:21 pm
So.

I have these 2 banks of windows, see?

One is about 4.5 feet wide, the other is about 7 or 8 feet wide.
This isn't about curtains or blinds to close out the inside from the outside, it's strictly about decoration.

I had shear window scarves draped over rods, pinned here and there, kind of like this...

http://baywindowvalances.com/images/scarf-valance.jpg

The problem is, I never really liked them, at least the way I could get them to look.
No matter how I pinned, measured, pleated they always seemed to be on the verge of slipping. I would get one section looking good, but it would cause another area to bunch, or slip, or just basically not look right.

I got the idea of beaded garlands. I bought some, intertwining them. When I started to work of wrapping them around, and draping gracefully, it wouldn't happen.

I'm attracted to what I consider Moraccan type decor. Rich colors, pillows, etc.
What if I took large square silk or chiffon scaves, and folded them in a triangular fashion, overlapping them to they would fall in varying lengths, sewing a stich here and there where they meet, that I could slip the rod through?

How about twining artificial foliage around the rods, like ivy?

Any ideas?
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2010 03:58 pm
@chai2,
Hmm, there's scarf-like valances (they might even be called scarf valances), where the valance is a triangle that comes to a point, pointing downward, then it's clipping with a tassel or whatever you like or even not clipped at all at the base point.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 19 Oct, 2010 09:00 pm
@jespah,
If theres a low ceiling, any kind of cloth thingy is gonna make the room look shorter and make you want to duck.
How bout vertical shutters which meet as two par each a total of 3.5 ft wide. That way the verticals are expressed.

Course , I suppose you could have floor to ceiling drapes but then youd have the cats hanging all over em like stinkbugs.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 05:09 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

If theres a low ceiling, any kind of cloth thingy is gonna make the room look shorter and make you want to duck.
How bout vertical shutters which meet as two par each a total of 3.5 ft wide. That way the verticals are expressed.

Course , I suppose you could have floor to ceiling drapes but then youd have the cats hanging all over em like stinkbugs.


mmm...no, I'm mostly trying to decorate the rod itself.

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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 07:08 am
Something like this might work. With the right fabrics it could look Moroccan.

http://www.encoredecoratlanta.com/images/Window-Treatments-Valance-and-Shade.jpg

If you aren't absolutely stuck on using the rod an upholstered cornice might look really nice and they're easy to make:

http://www.decor-medley.com/image-files/decorative-cornices-swags-valances-cameron-upholstered-cornice.jpg
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 07:46 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

Something like this might work. With the right fabrics it could look Moroccan.

http://www.encoredecoratlanta.com/images/Window-Treatments-Valance-and-Shade.jpg



I like this.

What are those holding the cloth up?

sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 07:48 am
@chai2,
I've seen some window treatments with silk saris that are gorgeous and seem like they'd fit with what you're talking about.

You can use a rod or else just two posts on the upper edges of the window (left, right).

Wind the sari around the corners of the rod or the post, then let it hang in the middle, and hang from the sides. With the right fabric it looks great.

Hope that makes sense,a quick Google search didn't get me anywhere and I need to go. I'll try drawing something later if need be....
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 08:04 am
@chai2,
I made clips for something similiar out of alligator clips I bought at the hardware store. If you hang your rod well above the top of the window and come in from the bottom to clip the fabric you can't see them from inside or outside.

Alligator clips come in a wide variety of sizes and they're really strong.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 08:31 am
soz and boomer

mm hm, mm hm, on the right track.

alligator clips with something attached to it, holding up colorful saris.

juices flowing...
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 08:40 am
@chai2,
Clips would totally work.

I found the term for what I was thinking of, "swag holder":

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31pVVDM23IL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

That one's boring, the nicer ones I found weren't in the right format to post.

You attach the small end to the wall, then wrap the sari (or whatever) around it.

"Tie back" seems to be another term for it.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 10:02 am
@chai2,
http://www.bizrate.com/window-valances/moroccan-window-treatments/
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2010 11:05 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
thanks bbb

actually, I kinda like these, although I'm not looking for a valance (good to have plan B)

http://ii-prod-rw.marketlive.com/touchofclass/images/en_US/local/products/detail/G994-001Burgundy.jpg
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jcboy
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 09:15 am
@chai2,
A friend of mine here in St. Pete owns his own interior design business. Last week he installed new wooden blinds in our Florida room. We have 22 windows in this house, Tim always gives me a good deal and he’s done all our windows.

 http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg818/scaled.php?server=818&filename=bl3s.jpg&res=landing

 http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg819/scaled.php?server=819&filename=bl2d.jpg&res=landing

 http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg217/scaled.php?server=217&filename=bl1ad.jpg&res=landing
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space007
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2012 12:24 am
@chai2,
Yeah, you idea is great, but I think whether you can change the curtains for their dark color, which makes people feel depressed.
shainakhan
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jul, 2012 07:34 am
@space007,
Use designer curtains for window, If you're using fabric, make sure it's in a contemporary tone. Another hot trend is Roman shades made of rattan, bamboo or other natural fibers for texture
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