Window Treatments for Tricky Doors

Just like windows, doors with views to the outside world need to be dressed. But they can be tricky because doors -- whether they're sliding or French -- are functional parts of the room, and the wrong window treatment can hold up traffic. These rooms show you how to dress your windows stylishly while keeping function at the forefront.

Layered Treatments

Both purposeful and pretty, two pairs of panels dress the French doors in this dining area. The rod closest to the window supports a transparent floral print -- perfect for letting in light and gaining privacy when pulled closed. The outer drapery, a solid blush color, works to frame the floral fabric, adding even more softness to the feminine space.

Triple Play

An arcade of windows makes a striking focal point in this living area. Draperies are hung from a track at ceiling height to accommodate the arched doorways. Divided into four separate panels, the window treatments easily slide to cover doors individually or as a singular wall unit.

White Out

The pair of French doors in this bedroom opens onto a deck. A single rod hangs across the opening of both doors so draperies don’t impede door usage, and the panels are wide enough to sufficiently cover doors when closed. Because of the beachfront location, it’s a good idea to choose a heavy fabric (or line the treatments) to block early-morning light.

Contrasting Coverage

With a set of French doors and a multitude of windows, this sunroom showcases neat louver blinds that close easily or pull up and down for light preference. Contrasting the off-white walls and grooved wood ceiling, the stained wood finish adds visual interest. 

Connected Dots

Unifying windows and French doors, the same pale blue dotted fabric is used for all window treatments. On windows, drapery panels hang from rings. But because of the heavy molding above the door, there’s no good place to hang a rod. The solution? Roman shades.

Elegant Impact

With high ceilings and elegant molding, this bedroom called for equally dramatic window treatments. Draperies topped with box pleat valances trim individual windows and the bay. For consistency, and to maintain the soothing palette, the designer repeated the soft fabrics used on bed linens. Not only does a valance-drapery combination add impact, valances are ideal for covering working parts.

Extra Embellishment

Crisp Roman shades cover French doors in this sunny nook. To add a little flair to plain white fabric, a ribbon of blue trim runs a vertical path down each side, tying the window treatment with the chair upholstery. Grosgrain ribbon applied with a hot-glue gun is an easy no-sew alternative for do-it-yourselfers.

Wide Open

In this living area, French doors open to an outdoor living space, expanding the entertaining area for guests or parties. To keep the flow between spaces open, the rod extends beyond the door frame, offering a place for drapes to rest against the wall and out of the way. For a more intimate setting, draperies visually close the space at the room's outside wall.

Smart Repetition

The same floral print repeats in the tufted headboard, bedskirt, and draperies, bringing a united look to this comfy bedroom. Using the same design treatment, windows and French doors showcase rods hung at ceiling height and panels that extend to the floor. On both windows and doors, the rod extends past the trim molding so draperies can fall to the side, allowing for both natural light and ease of access.

Industrial Edge

Custom-width French doors crafted from steel lend industrial style to this transitional living room. Playing off the dark frame, a steel rod anchored in the ceiling runs along the expanse of the doors. Dark brown draperies mesh with the metal finish.

Doubled Up

Dark-stained French doors and blue draperies harmonize with the colors in this brown-and-blue living area. The doors, with their paneled grids (mullions), pick up on the bold graphic pattern on armchairs. The blue drapery color is repeated in a paint treatment on the back of bookshelves. Because of the wide space between doors, the designer treated each unit individually, installing a single rod above each door. 

Traditional Leanings

Two pairs of French doors with transoms flood this living area with light. Playing to the scale of the room, the designer used rods with a large span, hanging draperies above the transoms for maximum effect. For added detail, tassels hang from the top of the rods, and a band of color adds interest to the bottom. 

Linear Design

In this cottage bedroom, architectural details and draperies work as a singular visual unit. Draperies play off the ceiling beams, continuing the linear design, and fabric repeats the ceiling paint color. Crisp pleats pull the lines of the weighty fabric downward in neat strokes. 

Hidden Function

Since the mechanics of draperies are never the prettiest part of a window treatment, wide molding in this living room hides the track system for draperies that easily span the wall width when closed. A wide Roman shade is affixed to the doors, adding a second layer of privacy when drapes are open. 

Natural Inclination

When a home has great architectural details, it's best to accentuate them rather than cover them with draperies. Playing to the cane headboards, rattan table, and straw hues, standard-size matchstick blinds fit windows and doors. Simple in style and inexpensive, the blinds gain prominence when set against the heavy wood molding. 

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