My favorite window treatment 2nd to floor length draperies, is by far the Austrian Valance and Austrian Shade. They are dramatic yet very feminine. A soft drape, flowing appeal but holds it’s structure. I love them especially in sheer fabrics allowing the daylight to filter thru.
Years ago I made Sheer Austrian Valances for our kitchen bow curved windows. Each of the four windows were 30″wide. I made each valance for inside board mounting. After moving into a new home, they did not fit any of the windows. I decided to hang them all together as one window treatment in my office studio.
My window measured 52″W x 60″L . I disassembled the board mount and made each valance into rod pockets. Hung two valances at the top of the window on a decorative rod and installed another rod above the shortest point of the top valance. (Much like you would for café curtains). Now it does not appear has four separate valances. To complete the window treatment the side panels hang on the wall to make the window appear even wider. Later I will add a 3″ trim band to the side panels for more drama. (soon to come). So never throw your old window treatments away especially if you love them, just reinvent them.
See the latest in Sheer Voile Fabric at Fabric.com Also check out http://www.houzz.com and search Austrian Shade for more photos. Search Google for the many tutorials available for Austrian shades.