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Pick a worthy ally. When there’s a huge expanse of window to dress, the treatment needs to be its match — and these velvet curtains have the substance for the job. They’re neither billowy nor barely there; instead, the fabric’s weight, drape and color add up to a feature that demands attention. Besides holding their own against the expanse of glass, they temper the effect of a large area of hard flooring, ensuring that the big space feels homey. The block of curtain color is part of a tonal blue-and-green palette incorporating both hard cabinetry and soft furnishings. Why repeat colors? Because it’s a trick that lets separate zones feel part of a whole.
1. Dress your windows. Large areas of glass, such as big windows and glass doors, act as bouncing-off points for sound to travel in an open-plan room. Introducing curtains will help deaden the noise. A sheer fabric works especially well, as it won’t totally block the light or views. For maximum muffling, curtains work better than blinds, simply because there’s so much more fabric involved. Take a look at this example — a ceiling-to-floor solution in a substantial fabric that can be pushed back to make the most of the light when needed.