Need Window Treatment Help Please

We recently moved into a new home with plenty of windows. I've got the dining room windows figured out but, we need major help deciding what to do in the family/ main living room. 2 windows to the back of the room face northwest while the one window on the side faces west. We put up light blocking blinds which helps to keep the hot sun from baking the room but, how do we soften the look without being to matchy with the adjoining dining room? Thanks for the help friends :-) You can see more of the way the rooms are laid out here:
q need window treatment help please, home decor, window treatments, windows, Main living area
Main living area
q need window treatment help please, home decor, window treatments, windows, This window faces west and gets HOT in the summer
This window faces west and gets HOT in the summer
q need window treatment help please, home decor, window treatments, windows, Dining room window treatments
Dining room window treatments.
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  • Blythe Brownlow Blythe Brownlow on Oct 03, 2013
    Maybe try sliding panels? I used some from IKEA and I love them--you can use a couple different types of panels on the same sliding rail so you can layer the curtains. For example--we have an opaque panel on the back rail and then a more translucent rail on the front so that you can keep light out--or you can let a little light through--here's some examples of all the options at IKEA Also, check out the Apartment Tour on my blog to see examples of how I used the panels in my apartment :) Good luck!

  • Holly S. Holly S. on Oct 03, 2013
    I have seen several people on Hometalk use painters' drop cloths and hang them similar to the way you hung your others drapes only with rings with hooks on the ends. If they are too long, don't hem, simply fold the top down a few inches to make a valance, iron the folded section and hang with the clips. The simplicity of the drop cloth fabric would look wonderful. Sheets could also be used in the same way if they are too long. I take no credit...all belongs to others on this wonderful site.

  • Creative Blinds & Decor Creative Blinds & Decor on Oct 04, 2013
    Kathe, Congratulations on your new home. The best solution is to hang draperies to the floor, placing rods well above the top of the windows. A fabric that will soften your scheme, with you favorite colors will add the touch you are looking for. Happy to help you!

  • on Oct 04, 2013
    Hello @Kathe With An E (Kathe) One way to coordinate your look without being too matchy-matchy is to hang roman shades in the living room in a fabric that's complimentary, but not the same. They're moderately good at blocking heat, but a blackout liner would amp up your protection significantly. If you'd like to focus on keeping your space cool over style, cellular shades or solar shades will make a HUGE difference for you. We have some cellular shades that are lined with mylar for incredible energy efficiency. You could layer curtains on top of these more modern shades to soften up the look. Take a look at these products and let us know what you think:,76848,105254,104680

  • Pure Home Pure Home on Oct 04, 2013
    Hi @Kathe With An E (Kathe), since you already have a pattern on the window treatments in the dining room, may we suggest that you go with a plain, clean, streamlined panel on either end of each window? A soft gray tweed fabric would look beautiful. Remember when mounting your panels to do it about six-eight inches above the top of the window to give your ceilings added "height." Good luck! Andie, ASID

  • Renee Renee on Oct 04, 2013
    Hi @Kathe With An E (Kathe), rather than having the blinds always closed to keep the heat out and not letting in any light why don't you use a decorative window film. We used Wallpaper For Windows in our family room and it's beautiful. It gives us privacy, but still lets in a soft defused natural light and block the heat. Our room temp went down about 20 degrees. Best of all I got rid of the dust collecting blinds, and curtains! They have so many wonderful patterns to choose from, and they are a static cling film so the installation was very easy.

    • Kathe With An E (Kathe) Kathe With An E (Kathe) on Oct 04, 2013
      @Renee thanks for your advice! We don't want to block out our gorgeous view to the Rocky Mountains on the cooler days that we can pull the blinds up.

  • 169756 169756 on Oct 05, 2013
    Love the choice for the dining room curtains. Very pretty. We just moved into a new place also. We face northeast in the living/dining combo. We love nature and have a nice view so decided we would put up valances over the miniblinds. Gives privacy but softens the look a lot, while providing plenty of openness for the room(s).

  • Nancy Wagner Nancy Wagner on Oct 05, 2013
    Since you already have the blinds think about sheer curtains on a rod to just soften the window lines because you don't want to detract from the view. Mount them just outside the window to expand the view like giant pictures on your walls. The window film mentioned is a great idea as it would help deter the sun fading of your furnishings. I have used for inexpensive sheers in all kinds of sizes and a variety of colors. Can't tell for sure what color the walls are in your room but think about a tone-on-tone color selection to emphasize your beautiful view. Step At A Time Interiors

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 05, 2013
    Since you have miniblinds, I would go minimum on curtains. I agree with sheers in the center and then use a drop cloth from the paint department cut to size with a couple of stripes of black ribbon near the top for accent...if you don't sew, all this can be done with iron on tape and clips to attach to rods. This would be stunning!

  • Sandra Battaglia Sandra Battaglia on Oct 05, 2013
    Hi there...congrats on your new home. I absolutely love your hardwood floors and paint colors. The colors that I am seeing are pretty much neutral colors. In the living room, I would pull my colors from your carpet. May I suggest a light colored sheers (maybe a light yellow/gold) with a darker yellow/gold valance (JCP has really pretty sheers). This will help soften the room and maintain the warmth. Valances will help more with keeping the sun out and may help to pull the eyes upward, as well. Since both of your rooms are neutral colors, I would use one accent color in both rooms to bring them together and make them "pop." You may want to buy nice pillows to place on your sofas to soften them (may a light green or your favorite color). Then buy a runner for your table in a similar color and a throw for your chair. Just be careful in the living room due to the black. Black is a color that always makes other color appear more brilliant. If you remove the black the other colors don't appear to "pop" as much. Red is a great color in limited amounts.

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 05, 2013
    You can make "no sew" inexpensive roman shades. With Roman shades you won't have the same long panel effect you do in the other rooms. Plus the style of Roman shades will match your leather my opinion!

  • Weesie Weesie on Oct 05, 2013
    Lou, Illinois Too many chairs and the room is one sided. May I suggest that you take the single recliner and place it on the opposite side of the room catty-corner to where it is now or remove it to another area altogether. Now when you address the window treatments, the room will be well balanced and the curtains will stand out on their own. I would like to suggest floor length draperies with vertices stripes in brown and cream. This will help balance the room vertically as we'll as horizontally. Hope this helps!

  • 153091 153091 on Oct 05, 2013
    Hi Kathe.try turning the rug, narrow side facing fireplace and at the other end the couch with coffee table in front of it and one small table next to right arm side, then move the single chair and love seat around facing the TV. With holidays coming focus more on the fireplace rather then the TV. You could run your curtain rods into the corner on the two windows, leave space for decor and then the other window. What ever you do, make your self happy in your new home!

  • Donna H Donna H on Oct 05, 2013
    I agree with others. Too much furniture on one side of the room. I would also angle your area rug, since the fireplace wall looks slightly angled. As for curtains, , I love what you did in dining room. Play off that and maybe do decorative rod with scarf valances

  • Donna H Donna H on Oct 05, 2013
    Continued: but you do need an accent color. I would pick an opposite color of one of your main colors and add that to curtains and pillows or other decor. Blue, green or even a red or orange would be nice.

  • KrysFL KrysFL on Oct 05, 2013
    What about wood cornices with sheers... the sheers will cover the white blinds and give it a little more elegance (to match the elegance in your rug)... then you also always have the option to leave blinds up & sheers closed or blinds up/sheers open. There are a bunch of DIY plans to build them online and they are very easy to make (I have made 1 myself).

  • Tarynn Myers Tarynn Myers on Oct 05, 2013
    if you're looking for DIY ideas ( or would like to save money) I adore this idea from no-sew script curtains. They are pretty, simple, you could easily hem them if you choose-- and don't have to be perfect-- have a kid with great handwriting do the writing!

  • Jo ann bonner Jo ann bonner on Oct 08, 2013
    If you want a casual, & inexpensive treatment, I've found working with "Painters Drop Cloths" a real kool alternative to expensive fabric. You can trim them w/ribbon, cut them into panels, and add strips of coordinating fabric for a very fashionable look. All so on the cheap!

  • Gayle Valverde Gayle Valverde on Oct 22, 2013
    Hello Kathy & congrats on your new home with the great views!!! I'm not a fan of curtains at all...don't have a one anywhere in my house. I use window toppers for color/patterns and have double paned windows all around. I love a nice cornice box or plate rack over a window on the inside and have a patio cover outside the patio & front door. This is a decent time of year to get a good deal on windows, but after the new year, prices will go down considerably, as contractors need the work. Good luck & look forward to seeing you update with what will work best for you. :)

  • Kim Taylor Kim Taylor on Oct 28, 2013
    I wanted something different in my living room and used burlap sacks as a valance. I handsowed a line about 1 inch down from the top, to keep it from rolling on the curtain rod and cut a small hole for the rod to go thru. Everyone loves them and they are a nice neutral color. I think it would bring out the beige in your rug.

  • Hi Kathe, I love the look of the fancy rods but you can add the curtain clips to the rod and just about any curtain looks really nice . You can clip the curtain on instead of putting it through the rod. Mixing and matching is nice too. Have fun with it!

  • Trisha Martin Trisha Martin on Mar 10, 2014
    Three pieces of dark leather are over powering the room. Remove the recliner or remove the other pieces and replace with one normal size sofa. Use your tables at either end of sofa. Consider painting the coffee table a lighter color. I see you live in Colorado, how hot is the sunshine? And for what period of time during the year? Consider some of the no sew drapes or even sheers. Do you have a nice view? If so, could you remove the mini blinds and just go with a little sunshine a few months of the year? Wooden blinds open would be nice. (in White) Or some no sew Roman shades would be really good. Best of luck.

    • Trisha Martin Trisha Martin on Mar 11, 2014
      @Trisha Martin Kathe- I understand now. I do not like spending a great deal of money on drapes but I see yours is almost totally necessary. Would you consider making one large window out of the two windows? And perhaps hang your drapes higher. I would like to see them in one of the pretty shades from your rug. And again, if one piece of furniture could be moved (like the recliner) to another spot it would give you more breathing room. Keep us posted girl! LOL

  • Kathe With An E (Kathe) Kathe With An E (Kathe) on Mar 10, 2014
    Because of altitude, we are closer to the sun so, the sunshine is HOT. We are also considered high desert plains and summer temps can be in the 90's into the 100's for weeks. Not to mention the cold, snow and wind in the winter. No coverings or just sheers are not an option. I will share some updates on what we have done with the room and window coverings.

  • Diane Arnold Diane Arnold on Mar 10, 2014
    On the re-model we have been working on I have used IKEA wire window treatment hanging system. Very inexpensive, but you can hang any hemmed fabric with the clips they have. Easy to hang and easy to change seasonally or take down for cleaning.

  • SusZanne SusZanne on Mar 10, 2014
    Because your furniture is on the oversized scale and heavy in appearance, perhaps consider hanging the curtains higher to make room appear larger and choose a bold accent color for pillows and make curtains sheets or dropcloth material and sew a border of your accent color along the curtain edge to pull room together....avoid browns and beiges....perhaps add color with a new area rug...if it's in the budget.

  • Bonnie Lewenza Bonnie Lewenza on Mar 11, 2014
    Wow you are so lucky to have such large windows and so many of them. I am a plant loving person with not nearly enough windows. I have some very large plants and in the winter they hug all of my windows. However you are n a very different part of the world then myself.. You could leave your blinds up to help keep the hot sun out but maybe consider some type of pretty sheer to put over the blinds. They will soften your room and take away the harshness of it. Use some nice embellishments for hanging. Hang them from ceiling to floor for a nice effect. I hope this helps some.

  • Jeannie Jeannie on Apr 28, 2014
    Add some color. You like red, add some red print drapes, red pillows, red lamp base.

  • Opal Opal on Apr 29, 2014
    Congrats on the new home, it is lovely. I would second the notion of hanging block out drapes closer to the ceiling maybe in a sage color (coordinates with the rug and another wall), then adding red accents. The red plate on your buffet is beautiful. Hopefully you have ac, if not a ceiling fan would be a must. Will follow to see what you come up with.

  • Lana Baker Lana Baker on Aug 14, 2014
    @Lana Baker You really do have a lot of dark color in your room. I would suggest keeping a lighter color for the window treatment. If you already have room darkening shades, do you need a full curtain? I think, either, a solid color, or a stripe would be pretty. Maybe a cafe curtain with a valance, or a double cafe (long on the top, and bottom.) Then you could pull the curtains open or shut, when you need to. I love the lemon color in the rug.

  • Pamela Pamela on Aug 14, 2014
    First of all rearrange the furniture by moving the chair to the other end of the rug. For window treatments use drop cloths for curtains from ceiling to floor. Use decorative ribbon picking out the colors in your rug and use iron on tape to attach to drop cloths. Since your furniture is bulky at least 2" ribbon would be appropriate. OR, paint stripes.

  • @Kathe With An E (Kathe) - A lot of businesses we have worked with in Jacksonville, FL like using shades because they are thick enough to block out the sunlight and provide a form of insulation but are still thin enough to see out of. That may be a great choice for you, too. If you check out, there's a flowchart we refer our customers to when they are trying to decipher the window treatments most suitable to their needs.

  • Claire M Claire M on Jan 04, 2015
    imho, I would repeat the same pattern of the dining room drapes but using a back and white geometric sheer to continue the pattern while lightening up the weight of the black furniture, and mount them so as to make them as long and tall as possible, bringing the eye upward. Easy cheap fix. :o)

  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 13, 2015
    how about hanging curtain rods from furthest window all the way to corner meeting at corner nd extending to end of wall as balanced as u other words...drapes look like they are one piece as "they turn the corner"...can u see it? really looks fab and very different...whatever color, fabric etc will set the room off as focal point...

  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 13, 2015
    and yes ...hang as high as u can and puddle on floor or just skim it...