Question: I have a near open floor plan set up for my living room and dining room. You can basically see the entirety of both rooms at the same time. I'd rather not have curtains in the living room area, but I do want them in the dining room. Do you recommend doing the same window treatment everywhere in a set up like this?
Phoebe's Answer: We talked about what to do to all of the windows in one room here, but I see how this is a slightly different question. Unfortunately, this is one of those "it depends" kind of answers. The short version is if the space is essentially one big room, we really try to do the same thing to all of the windows in that space. For example, the same curtains. However, sometimes we do a combination of curtains and roman shades or valances depending on the needs of the client and the set up and shape of the windows. This might be a good solution for you. When one room is merely visible from another (e.g. while sitting in the dining room, you have a good view of the nearby living room), this is not as important. We simply make sure the rooms don't clash, just as you would any time rooms are in proximity to one another. Here are some examples:
The living room and family room above are not completely open but still very visable to one another. They each have a distinct feel but are complementary enough that they coexist nicely.
The above breakfast room and family room have curtains and valances out of different fabrics. This is tricky to pull off and takes a trained eye, but it works well here!
The above two rooms are completely open to one another—essentially, they are one big room. However, here we chose to do a combination of curtains and roman shades because the window seat in the living room could not accomodate curtains.
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