French Doors in a home are beautiful in themselves but how does one treat these with window treatments?
One of the best options available are roman shades. Roman shades offer privacy as well as light reduction when needed. Roman shades come in many styles. A drapery company will allow you the opportunity to pick a fabric and material that works well within your home. The drapery company then makes the roman shade for you as a custom look.
Roman shades are also available as a custom look from leading manufacturers like Hunter Douglas and Comfortex Window Fashions. These companies have many fabrics to choose from too. The roman shade in itself can have a rolled or flat style.
Another great option for French doors is a cellular shade. Cellular shades will allow you to have privacy and light control. Whats great about a cellular shade is the fact that when brought up, it has a nice stacking feature, therefore allowing a lot of window to show.
Wood or faux wood blinds are another option, but don’t plan on raising these. They are not meant to be raised, but usually kept in the down position and the louvers tilt open and closed. Hold down brackets at the bottom of the door are usually a necessity to keep the blinds from flopping around when the door is opened and closed.
One of the “things” one must be careful with on French door window treatments is adding a valance. Valances are great and add a nice flavor of color, but one must be careful to watch what is called the projection. The projection is basically how far the treatment sticks out. If all three French doors open, this could be an issue not allowing each door to swing open fully.
One last option for French doors is a roller shade. Whats great about roller shades is the fact that they roll right under the valance. So, it has a similar feature as the cellular shade where the window is basically exposed when you want it to be. Roller shades come in a variety of fabric choices making the room “pop”.
French doors are beautiful in a home, but they often require privacy, light control or simply an extra “touch”. A decorator in the home as part of a shop at home service will understand the pros and cons and pitfalls to any valance over a shade or blind..it is a very big consideration people do not think about.