Window Treatment Ideas for French Doors

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Window Treatment Ideas for French Doors

Staff Writer · Jan 18, 2010

When choosing a window treatment for French doors, consider the location of the doors, as well as function, and personal decorating style. French doors are extremely versatile and can be a very ornamental part of any décor. They can also be somewhat modest and plain, serving as a functional source of natural light or privacy. And of course there are many options in between that can balance any decorating arrangement. The following ideas will help determine which window treatments are suitable for French doors:

Sheer or Dense Curtain Panel

A sheer or dense curtain panel, attached at the top and the bottom of each door, is a great way to allow light to pass through, while keeping some amount of privacy. The curtain panels can be tied or cinched in the middle, using coordinating ribbon or regular curtain tie backs, creating an hourglass look. This is a great option because you can go fancy or casual and you can choose the fabric density depending on the amount of brightness desired in that area.

Blinds or Shades

Blinds or shades are a practical option if the area requires complete privacy at times, and natural light is preferred at other times. Accordion style blinds and solid pull-down shades can be completely raised, completely lowered, or at any level in between, depending on the amount of seclusion desired. Most blinds can be adjusted allowing as little or as much light to pass through while the blinds are pulled up, down, or anywhere in between.

Curtain Valance

Attaching a curtain valance at the top of each door panel is a great way to let in the maximum amount of natural light at all times. The valance will display a finished look that will incorporate the door into the decorating scheme for that area. This would be a good choice if the location of the French doors does not require any privacy.

Combine Treatment Options

Consider combining any of the above window treatment suggestions to create a look that is more specialized and caters to better fit the needs of the area. For example, if the sheer curtain panel look is desired, but privacy is an issue, consider combining an adjustable blind with the sheer curtain panel, including the ties to create the hourglass look. Or if versatile lighting and function are most important, consider using a blind in combination with a valance. This will deliver a modest contribution to the decor, giving the area a finished look, while allowing full control of the lighting.

The possibilities are endless! Decorating an apartment to make it feel like home and fit your specific living style is a challenge. Once the decorating scheme is in place, spend some time considering window treatment options available for french doors and different combinations of those options, until it just seems to fit. Make a choice that is going to look great and provide appropriate function for that specific area. And most of all have fun tapping into that creative side that sometimes gets hidden deep within.

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