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Need help choosing drapes

amotsingerJanuary 14, 2013
Our living room has beige walls with cherry hardwood floors. It is a relatively eclectic space with two book shelves (see attached) both turned on their sides (one is used as a sideboard and the other is used as a tv stand) and then a matching coffee table. We have a more traditional sofa and now we've added a traditional oriental rug. On the walls, we have a mix of bright paintings, framed LP jackets, and a few indie concert posters. I am stumped on what drapes to hang. Before the rug purchase, we had drapes with a bright, graphic floral print in red, yellow, and orange. Those seem to clash with the rug. For now, I've hung ivory curtains but they look so blah next to the beige walls. Help!
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john thompson designer
You should consider simple, pinch pleats in a natural linen It will give it some texture, It will blend with the walls, yet give it a more casual, up to date look for the 21st century.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:56AM
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Sounds like a fun room! I'd go with a rich chocolate drape in a silk to bring up the lux factor....or maybe even a velvet (reminiscent of a venue stage curtain) or if that's too intense, maybe bring in the burgundy/red color in silk or velvet. Good luck :)
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:57AM
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john thompson designer
I bet you could go to Pottery Barn and find something reasonable in price if your are renting your apartment.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:58AM
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Silk draperies should be lined. The sun will rot silk.Then your investmate in the draperies is wasted.Try a Polyester taffeta, then you have the best of both worlds if you decide to go with silk. However, if you go with natural linen, the draperies will become a nice pleasant background.Your art and area rug will become the focal point.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:01PM
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decoenthusiaste
Country Curtains should have something for you.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:06PM
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amotsinger
I like the idea of something neutral so that the other items in the room pop. I was leaning more toward a gray than a natural. Thoughts?
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john thompson designer
Natural linen has an almost gray look to it. not a beige as you might think.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:54PM
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Cheery Curtains
what about these beautiful drapes?

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    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 10:05PM
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