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Draperies for large windows can be daunting. Not just in price but also in function. Take for example the french doors which happen to be one of my favorite interior and exterior design elements and yet window coverings that are functional may sometimes conflict with both your design preferences and functional needs for that doorway.
Here are a few solutions to that problem. Browse through over a dozen options including a solution for wood shutter for the french door.
Be sure to stay to the end and see my favorite room with a wall windows and a single french door. Share with us your opinion on what works and doesn't work for draping a large window especially the troublesome yet always elegant french door.
Traditional and Classic Not Modern
If you are seeking modern window treatments, depart now! For you see, this hub is all about traditional and classic. Can a french window be modern - absolutely. What I will challenge you with, however, is a french door is well suited to traditional drapery. What worked in the olden years, can and does work today. What you don't want is to confuse your home - stay in character. IF you have a modern home, you can make it traditional and visa versa but within the home, staying with a theme, will offer continuity. You want to walk through the home and have it flow and each room welcome you in a similar but different method. Choose a color palatte that is harmonious and a style that echos throughout the home. For you see, a home is a personality.
Drapery Ideas for Large Windows and French Doors
The room to the right is reminiscent to me of my Grandmother's home. When dry cleaning her draperies, she would complain about the cost, the very astute reply by the young man rehanging the newly cleaned draperies was - well most people do not drape their entire wall. This photo reminds me of her draperies where they extended from wall to wall - no room for paintings but a soft wall of fabric - making a dramatic statement in not one room but every room of my Grandmother's home!
The room above was quite a surprise to me. I would not have thought the french door would present itself so well without any drapery covering what so ever. Add to the fact that the sidelight window is partially covered. And yet, the room works exceptionally well in every detail.
This goes to show us that french doors, large windows can break all the rules and still showcase an elegant well designed room.
Shutters for French Doors
Shutters for French Doors
Considering shutters but concerned about function - worry no longer. Your solution is clearly presented to the right. You see, the shutter company has thought of everything. Yes, you can have shutters on your french doors and yes, the door will still completely function. The wood has been carefully crafted to smoothly transition from louver to lever - making the door fully functional and the shutter fully operational too!
Famous Quotes on Windows
Thank you for sharing my drapery ideas and favorite rooms with large windows and french doors. Here are some famous quotes on window that I have always loved:
"Friends are like windows through which you see out into the world and back into yourself... If you don't have friends you see much less than you otherwise might.”
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quotes (Swiss-American psychiatrist and author )
“The windows of my soul are made of one-way glass, don't bother looking into my eyes if there's something you want to know, just ask”
Ani Difranco quotes (American Singer, Song Writer and Guitarist. b.1970)
“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.”
Horace Mann quotes (US educator, the first great American advocate of public education, 1796-1859)
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Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on March 07, 2011:
One of the homes my husband and I toured had multiple sets of french doors on the interior which spurred my curiosity.
You and your family make a great team and that is what it is all about! I bet the double french doors are even worse. I couldn't figure out why the french doors in that home we saw were so different - they had two sets of doors linked together - making the rooms even brighter than a single french door. I learn something new every day. What a nightmare that doorway header must me!
Dave Framer on March 04, 2011:
Being a framer I hated installing French Doors, but personally when I remodeled my home I love them and added as many as I could, as well as many large bay windows.Like you stated window treatments were a bit of a problem , thanks to my mother and aunt being curtain designers and makers they pulled everything together and gave me and my remodeled home something to be proud of.
dusy7969 from San Diego, California on February 26, 2011:
its very nice designing of home i rated it and these pictures are beautiful.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 20, 2011:
My husband and I have been house shopping and one of the homes was filled with french doors which caused me to search on the internet. I love large windows, adore french doors so it was a fun Hub to put together. So glad you enjoyed it too!
@DeBorrah K. Ogans,
You are right - the french doors are classic. The credit for the photos goes to the interior designers who knew how to manage a room. Their craft always thrills and inspires me - I have no imagination in this area but enjoy the variety of the craft.
DeBorrah K Ogans on February 17, 2011:
GmaGoldie, Nice pictures! Great classic window treatment options! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!
ImChemist on February 15, 2011:
Wow nice and pretty pictures , i rated it beautiful.
Nan on February 09, 2011:
The pictures are beautiful and appear to be one of a kind. Drapes are still in and give an feeling of elegance that is beyond belief. Your collection is not seen very often and they are beautiful.