In my attempt to make the wood room feel a bit more inviting and fresh, I’m layering other elements in the space. The wood alone can be a bit overwhelming, but so can a strong paint color until you start adding in art, furniture and fabric. I knew fabric would play an important part in this space when it came to window treatments.
When we moved in there were nice accordion blinds in place to help combat the afternoon sun, but they didn’t do much for the windows. They also didn’t address the light coming in from the half moon windows. I know keeping the harsh, west sun off of the wood will allow it to stay looking healthy much longer, so something that would cover up all of the windows was important.
Curtains were definitely the answer. Curtains can be very expensive, and I typically save money by making them myself, but these are the window treatments you see upon entering the house. They needed to be very well made and I wanted them to be a pinch pleat (something I don’t have any experience with). So I decided to invest in some custom linen drapes, and I’m so happy with how they turned out.
If you are in need of some custom drapes, Victoria and her team at Benjamin’s Alterations are so wonderful to work with. They answered all of my questions and suggested I get and hang the rod first (which actually kept me from making a big mistake on the length). I placed my custom order through Avisa Fabrics on Etsy and then they work with Benjamin’s to get your drapes made. I spent a lot of time researching rods and found these from Bed Bath & Beyond to be what I needed at the best price.
When something is beautiful, functional and classic you’ll never regret the investment.
Now, here’s to hoping I can keep dirty hands and resting dogs off of them.