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Swapping the Window Treatments in the Piano Room

I don't know why it continues to surprise me every time I do this, but something as small seeming as adding a curtain rod and curtains to a window can really change the feel of the ENTIRE room. After we got the new window in our bedroom, I realized the blinds we had were a little too narrow to reuse with the new window. Plus, they were made for an inside mount installation and our new bedroom window will require an outside mount. So rather than gifting or donating my relatively new blinds, I decided to use them and swap out the old wooden mini blinds that were still hanging in our piano room. And while I was at it, add a curtain rod and curtain to help mask the broken half moon.


Replacing the Blinds

sitting room window with wood blinds

Functionally the blinds were fine to keep but knew I'd eventually want to replace them with something lighter and brighter after we painted the trim. Even when open, the dark blinds gave off an orangey glow in the whole room.

music piano sitting room with wood blinds

The blinds we had in our room were cordless 2" faux wooden blinds in white. They were about a 1/2 inch too narrow compared to the windows we had in our room but I rolled with it anyway. This isn't a room we spend a lot of time in and the blinds are almost always open. Changing those out alone made a huge difference to the color and glow in the room.


Adding a Curtain Rod and Curtains

My goal with adding a curtain rod was to be able to slightly mask the arch window situation and enunciate the height of the ceiling in here. Like in our primary bedroom, the ceiling vaults to allow for the arch, but in here they let the whole room benefit from the extra height. This is what I wish they would have done in our bedroom. The vault stops short of going all the way to the side walls, so to plan for a curtain rod, I wanted to get as high as I could at the widest point I could.

installing white blinds on window

I've never needed curtains this long before so I was glad I thought to measure and shop before installing the rod. Most standard curtain lengths you can find most anywhere are 84" and 95". I wanted to hang my rod as high above the arch as I could, and the next standard - though harder to find - curtain length is 105". It was close to the height I needed. I also wanted to add curtain rings to this window to make opening and closing the curtain at this height easier.

white curtain and black rod

Finding curtains in this length was harder than I thought it'd be. I needed four panels to have the ability to cover the width of the window (though that would be very rare that we would need to do that). After a couple of failed attempts at Amazon purchases that I didn't like the color of, I eventually found our local HomeGoods had a small selection of 105s.

sitting room with white curtains and black curtain rod

Finding things at stores like HomeGoods is usually a combination of being in the right place at the right time plus having an extra lucky day if you can find 2 of anything. So I was thrilled to find TWO sets of panels that matched. These are a double panel - a more solid behind a more sheer fabric that has a pretty painted looking small gold lines down the sheers.

piano music sitting room with white curtains black curtain rod

The kids desks created a corner work station filling more of the room so now we've got a funny little space in here next to the brown chair. I'm not loving the furniture situation in here in general, but it does what we need it to for now! May just need to reconfigure the layout. Or pain something . Because ya know...

piano music sitting room with white curtains black curtain rod


Sidebar About the Desk

This room has been a work in progress since we moved in. It keeps evolving and the furniture keeps changing with it. It felt balanced when both kids desks were in here to help with at-home schooling during COVID shut-downs when we first showed you this multipurpose room. But then when we just revamped the kids playroom and work spaces, the desks headed downstairs leaving me needing a work space of my own for home projects, print needs and the occasional meeting I need to take if I'm off at home. I found this little desk at the At Home store.

home office desk and chair

The kids desks created a corner work station filling more of the room so now we've got a funny little space in here next to the brown chair. I'm not loving the furniture situation in here in general, but it does what we need it to for now! May just need to reconfigure the layout. Or paint something. Because ya know... #housedonemandead.

piano music sitting room with white curtains black curtain rod


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