The Ultimate Curtain Name: This is How To Cowl The Trickiest Of Home windows (A/Cs, Pipes, Radiators & Extra!)


We’re again with the final installment of what Jess cleverly coined “Curtain Name” (she’s a punny queen, that one). The ultimate Curtain Name, if you’ll. As I promised in my unique put up—learn that right here for context and a few useful curtain guidelines I laid out—at present’s journey includes window obstructions. We’re speaking A/C models, random pipes, radiators, and ceiling slopes.

I’m the primary particular person to inform anybody who asks me that quite a lot of instances, curtain coverings are a private type alternative. In the event you like one thing dreamy and dramatic, go together with full-length drapes. Need one thing trendy and crisp? Go for a shade or Roman shade. All for one thing conventional and stately? Plantation shutters is perhaps simply the factor. The gist: Go together with what you want (after which observe the principles—like these—for every). BUT! Generally, you don’t actually have a lot of a alternative. Or somewhat, there’s a *proper* and (type of) *improper* solution to go about dressing a window. A minimum of if you happen to’re coping with some difficult, sticky architectural particulars and want for peak perform meets kind.

If I’m being upfront, two of those reader submissions actually stumped me for a bit. Are there perhaps another methods to unravel the issues offered? Yeah, certain! And be at liberty to share these concepts within the feedback under. However I do strongly imagine that the options I’ve provided would work and look fairly good, contemplating the restrictions, and that’s a win for me. 🙂

At this level in a lot of these posts, I usually share some inspiration photographs that straight relate to what I’m going to speak about, however as these are pretty particular conditions, I don’t have these at present. Will you forgive me? We will all use our imaginations, sure? (And for these asking themselves whereas they learn this why we wouldn’t simply Photoshop the options over the photographs as I did on this put up about filling a clean wall, it’s as a result of I attempted and it was…not nice. My expertise solely take me to date, as does AI.) Why don’t we skip to the great things?

Cumbersome, Funky & Barn-Like

From the reader: “I might love some assist! The wooden blinds I’ve now give it a searching cabin look. Challenges are the quite a few issues blocking the home windows – radiators proper under, a bizarre wall AC unit that’s been positioned within the window. They’re all south and west going through so I would like to dam visibility at evening however let in sufficient daylight in the course of the quick winter days.”

OKAY! So, I’ll confess…that A/C unit above the window gave me appreciable pause. After taking down all of the wood mini blinds (I’ve little question these had been in all probability costly and customized for these home windows, so perhaps strive promoting or gifting away within the state of affairs the place they may work for another person’s house), what might this home-owner do? The window by the radiator was pretty simple to kind out (shades!), however that funky backside window…hmmm. At first, I questioned what it’d appear to be to only do some cafe curtain there. However after I made a decision the entire room might use the softness and brightness of material panels, I concluded {that a} cafe curtain underneath full-length curtains was a bit weird.

Then I chewed on the thought of doing a small shade there (each Roman and pull-down/photo voltaic), however that additionally was simply one thing my mind couldn’t materialize a photograph of, making me suppose it was additionally a bit weird. It might work, perhaps, however it could at all times be type of unusual. Then I believed, nicely…why do we have to cowl that portion anyway if I’m suggesting including curtain panels? Possibly some privateness movie for a bit of sunshine filtering and privateness in the course of the day would do the trick. Sure! Certain! That’s it!

However then…foolish ol’ me forgot that somebody may need to run an A/C unit at evening, when the shades could be closed on the opposite home windows, and I went proper again to the final concept of getting a shade there. Frankly, I nonetheless don’t love that choice, however I feel this reader can mess around with a couple of issues. I’d begin with including panels, then including privateness movie (perhaps a frosted or reeded end so nobody might make out what was occurring inside at evening, versus a transparent movie that displays again daylight however doesn’t do a lot after sundown). If that feels too uncovered on that one window, then I’d recommend including a shade to match what was placed on the opposite home windows.

Now that that subject is solved, I beneficial inside-mounted Roman shades for all the opposite home windows to accommodate the radiator that appears to have a shelf that hits above the baseline of the window molding. Outdoors mounted shades would assist to masks among the “cabin-like” vibes we’re getting from the brown wooden, nevertheless it wouldn’t look ultimate to have the sill uncovered on one aspect of the room and never the opposite. As for curtains, it’s onerous to get a way of favor or colours on this house/room to confidently advocate one thing, however I might recommend one thing in a coloration or delicate sample to inch up the ornamental styling. So long as they’re hung at the least midway between the highest of the window and the crown molding, it’ll add some good drama to the room and make the smaller home windows really feel extra grand. OH, and you might have observed I mentioned so as to add curtains to the window with the radiator. That is simply to match the burden of the aspect of the room with the TV. These received’t be capable of shut across the radiator, to allow them to simply sit off to the aspect of the entire financial institution of home windows.

Window Procuring:

Chambray Blue Roman Shade | Blue & Beige Patterned Curtains | Natural Cotton Roman Shade

As I point out in a couple of of those, I didn’t have a lot to go off for type or coloration palettes so I stored it impartial and color-friendly with a lightweight, denim-y blue Roman or a gentle white Roman. As for the material, since there could be a handful of them, I needed one thing gentle and never too heavy however with somewhat impression. I discovered these nice linen-like SUPER reasonably priced panels (critically, underneath $50 for a set of two 96-inch size) with a enjoyable sample that can deliver some curiosity to the pretty impartial room. They might work both with the blue shade or the cream, I feel.

Scorching Radiator, Cool Window Coverings

From the reader: “I moved this previous fall, and my bed room remains to be a significant work in progress. One in all my unsolved issues: my window coverings. My two main concerns: 1. Finances — I moved with subsequent to nothing in the best way of furnishings and decor, so it’s been a spendy few months attempting to fill the area. I’m not seeking to splurge on curtains. 2. Blackout — my house constructing has alley lights that keep on 24/7 straight exterior my window, so I’m in search of one thing to dam that out. Blackout curtains appear to be the most suitable choice, however I’ve a radiator straight in entrance of my window, so I can’t get floor-length curtains. (The curtain rod is left over from the earlier proprietor.)”

We’ve obtained ourselves one other radiator right here, however this time, it’s off-center to a window that’s practically flush to the nook. Tough, difficult, my buddies. As a lot as I’d like to say “add draperies!” to make this main bed room really feel bigger and in charge-r, that’s simply not going to work for this setup. However that’s okay, as a result of it may nonetheless find yourself feeling pretty, practical, and delightful. My answer? Shock, shock…a Roman shade with a blackout lining for the reason that reader wants to dam the alley gentle. To make the window really feel maybe extra stately, I like to recommend one vast shade hung at the least six inches above the window body. This trick does the identical factor as hanging draperies tall and vast: makes the window look larger and ceilings really feel taller. As this requires an outdoor mount, truthfully, I’d simply go away the mini blinds for extra gentle management contemplating this reader needed to maintain the funds minimal (in any other case, I’d advocate blackout pull-down shades).

And whereas this can be a put up about window remedies, I simply need to recommend balancing the location of the window within the room with some artwork items and even a big flooring mirror to the left to fill that white area.

Window Procuring:

Navy Room Darkening Cordless Roman Shade | White Blackout Cordless Roman Shade | Bamboo Blackout Curler Shade

I stored issues fairly easy right here, because it sounds just like the reader is simply simply starting her adorning journey within the area. The partitions appear just like a fleshy putty, type of just like the partitions on my previous bed room which I do know labored nice with blue, white and heat earth tones. These are three reasonably priced choices for blackout Roman shades that I feel might look nice in her area, relying on what course she takes her type. The bamboo curler is by far the bottom worth however doesn’t work as seamlessly as a cordless raise shade, in fact. Both approach, one in all these will deliver softness (and lightweight blocking) to her bed room.

A Not-Too-Younger But Playful Playroom Resolution

From the reader: “That is the bonus room above our storage, although our home is small so we do quite a lot of residing in right here. We use it for a playroom for my twin 7-year-olds, in addition to a spot for the entire household to observe TV and a really occasional visitor room when we’ve got quite a lot of visitors over. There are two massive home windows and I’d prefer to do away with the blinds and have one thing that appears somewhat nicer and ties collectively the room. I’m challenged by the sloping ceiling by one window which might restrict curtain rods. Neighbors not too long ago constructed a brand new home on the beforehand vacant lot to the aspect of our house, so we’re needing privateness, but additionally one thing that may simply let gentle in (or simply be opened). Because it’s a playroom, I need one thing enjoyable and secure, however for the reason that complete household makes use of it, it may’t be too infantile.” 

Whew! A simple one, fortunately. The second I noticed this area, I knew the all-mighty Roman shade could be our hero. There isn’t a lot else this reader can do for the window on the left contemplating the angles of the ceiling. Hanging a curtain rod is a idiot’s errand and can look dinky. I recommend doing an outdoor mount for a contact extra visible drama, but additionally as a result of I feel a pull-down photo voltaic shade mounted on the within, rather than the mini blinds, would give the reader the privateness *and* light-filtering they’re after. For the cleanest look, do every shade as vast as each home windows collectively in the identical framing.

Window Procuring:

Blockprint Customized Roman Shade | Grey Gingham Roman Shade | Striped Roman Shade

This reader talked about wanting this room’s window coverings to be enjoyable, secure, and never too kid-like. Any florals or shapes or patterns I discovered began feeling too heavy-handed, so I figured, you understand…let’s follow some classics right here. Stripes, gingham, blockprint (and all cordless, as nicely, as a result of…child security). They’ve obtained some blues, grays, and burgundy occurring within the photograph which I feel would work nice with the gingham and striped shades, and for some coloration palette enlargement, this muted inexperienced leaf print may simply additionally work properly.

A/C Unit & Pipe: Meet Your Match

From the reader: “My subject is that is the one window in my house and my bed room is on the opposite aspect of the open space on the fitting of the photograph. The present curtains are low cost blackout ones and so they really feel actually heavy and boring. I’d desire a extra layered look with a blackout choice however lighter-looking curtains. There’s no spot within the center to drill into (aside from the highest windowsill, the place you’ll be able to see my final effort to drill into it, and someway stripped the screw, so I must have that eliminated). I don’t suppose exterior mount works as a result of the pipe on the proper is a heating pipe and will get highly regarded. I can also’t transfer the window AC. (Numerous very New York issues!)”

I sat and stared at this room for, I child you not, at the least an hour. Looking for the fitting recommendation to offer the reader. There’s the problem of the recent pipe, the A/C unit (at the least it’s on the underside a part of the window this time!), and being a rental (I feel). Because the reader mentions, that is her solely window, so I need to make it each stately but additionally not block gentle as greatest I can. The curtain panels she has don’t work for a couple of causes: They’re mounted on a rigidity rod *inside* the window, however circulation *exterior* the window. Additionally they appear to cowl what perhaps is a radiator on the backside with the steel grate in entrance. It may additionally not be a radiator, nevertheless it’s one thing so…perhaps greatest to maintain that uncovered? She is aware of higher than I do, although.

The reader talked about wanting a layered look with a blackout choice, however frankly, I feel retaining issues easy goes to be the perfect wager. Curtains are possible by no means going to work right here until they’re mounted above the window on a standard rod, however the pipe prevents them from resting on all sides. What *might* work, if she actually desires panels, is to have the curtain rod be put in vast sufficient (once more, above the window, not contained in the window) that two or three panels might relaxation on the far proper of the window as a substitute of flanking it. It’s not usually executed however I do at all times love once I see it. That approach, she might shut the drapes proper up till the pipe, however have them look extra purposeful when open than they do proper now. If that’s not an choice, I’d recommend simply taking them down altogether.

However she’ll nonetheless want some window protection, and that’s the place an inside mount Roman shade is available in. She might both do a blackout choice there and hold the curtains gentle and breezy, or vice versa. The sill appears deep sufficient that if she installs it near the sting, it simply may be capable of cowl the A/C unit if she desires to, however it may additionally relaxation above it, as nicely. Two shades give her extra flexibility, however one shade would look cleaner. To not point out, there are such a lot of nice no-drill shade choices available on the market, however the best way it could want to connect by strain to either side of the inside window body means she might solely do one vast shade, somewhat than two slim ones. If she will be able to determine methods to drill overhead, two historically mounted shades would work simply tremendous.

Window Procuring:

Blackout Customizable Roman Shade | Mild-Filtering Linen Shades | No-Drill Blackout Roman Shade

I didn’t a lot thoughts the concept of white curtains this reader was utilizing, simply that it wasn’t the fitting coloration for the heat of her partitions. That’s why what I’m suggesting remains to be impartial (it’s a small area, so don’t need to overwhelm issues), however with a bit extra creamy yellow undertones to really feel gentle, glowy and welcoming, somewhat than stark. I picked a product that installs usually into the perimeters of the window body, but additionally a no-drill answer which may work nicely for the issues she was having stripping screws. As for the curtains, I like these light-filtering panels with blocks of stripes for some visible curiosity with out feeling like “PATTERN!”

We’ve reached the top right here, buddies. As I went again by to dot my i’s and cross my t’s, I spotted it ought to simply be retitled: Received a difficult window you want lined? Simply add a Roman shade! As a result of sure, okay, nearly all cases required one. However they are surely simply so useful and versatile. Regardless, I’d like to see if any of the readers I’ve suggested on the first or second put up of this collection, in addition to this one, in fact. And if any of those helped somebody studying, I’d love to listen to about that, too!

Now that my DNA make-up is 80% window-covering recommendation, I can dangle up my hat…for now. I hope these posts had been helpful or on the very least enjoyable for you. Whether or not to look into individuals’s properties (I get it, I’m a home voyeur, too), or simply to get concepts for methods to work round design conundrums.

See you subsequent time, possible with extra problem-solving. 🙂



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