My wife and I are having a design issue, so I thought I would shoot you a quick email for some help. We have a large window in our living room (actually 3 windos together) that was covered with individual blinds. We recently replaced the 3 separate blinds with one large silhouette-style covering. We want to now add a curtain.
Here is the problem: On either side of the window is I guess you would say a soffit, though running floor to ceiling, not across the ceiling, but they are not even. The left side of the window is about flush to the soffit (maybe 1 in), while the right side has more like 6-8 inches of clearance. Do we do run the curtain rod soffit to soffit, or the length of the window?
So, when you hang the hardware, go outside the window and ideally, as high as you can. I generally advise hanging drapes right below the ceiling line if possible to increase the visual height in a room. Obviously, if you've got 15 ft. ceilings, this may not work. Just go about 1ft above the window. Another idea would be to hang the drapes ceiling mounted--like from a track. This works best with more contemporary styles.
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