the previous owners had heavy, heavy drapes spanning the length of the windows. i found it completely overwhelming and definitely do NOT want a wall of curtains again.
previous owners' window treatment:
my original thought was to hang skinny panels on three short rods -- closer to the ceiling than the previous rod was -- to frame the set of two short windows and the large picture window.
however, i can't find rods short enough for what i'm envisioning and that led to me thinking about other possibilities. now i'm ALL mixed up about what would look best.
i could keep the same three skinny panels look --
but hang a large rod over the entire expanse of windows.
i could hang a long rod over the two short windows and get a smaller rod for the other side of the picture window. again, i would use three skinny panels.
i could put a long rod with functioning drapes over the short windows and put a skinny panel on a smaller rod for the other side of the picture window.
i could put two short rods, each holding a skinny panel, just on either side of the windows -- omitting the middle panel completely.
i got this next idea from the house we stayed at on our vacation - they had what appeared to be wood wrapped in fabric as a sort of pseudo-valance. i like this idea the least.
what to do, what to do...
note: leaving just the shades bare is not really an option since i already bought some divine ikat print fabric to make drapes out of.