This photo features window treatments and custom pillows in a room with 9 or 10 ft ceilings. The windows are rather ordinary single windows set close to each other.
This is an excellent photo for visualizing standard fullness draperies that are used as stationary side panels. Notice there are usually 5 large folds per panel. The fullness can be seen best at the bottom hem. (These panels were hung a little short to allow the natural linen to stretch). Standard fullness is considered skimpy for tying back, but panels are sometimes draped behind metal holdbacks.
Imagine now, if the roman shades were not there. Now, the drapery feels tall and narrow. Roman shades go a long way to make a simple treatment feel finished. This can also be accomplished by more elaborate top treatments.
Keep in mind that standard fullness draperies are proportionately less narrow looking in rooms with 8 ft. ceilings. The actual amount of fabric in each fold remains the same no matter the room height.
In this example, harmonious fabrics build to a beautiful finished look in three simple (fail safe) elements: Upholstered cornice with decorative trim, cotton floral roman shades, and ivory linen drapery panels.
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