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Place drapery panels between sections of ornate window

Beautiful embroidered silk drapes like this will certainly make an impact.

Beautiful embroidered silk drapes like this will certainly make an impact.

If you're lucky enough to live in an old building, you're probably familiar with the mixed bag of charm and upkeep that is typical of such residences. After all, most new buildings simply don't have the same level of detail in terms of mouldings, plaster work and unique layout than those that were constructed more recently.

Still, this level of workmanship comes at a price. Older buildings typically see more of a need for repair, since all aspects of the home – the pipes, electrical wiring, gutters and roof are typically the same age as well. Every year, many brave homeowners face these potential hazards and expenses and move into older spaces purely for their unmatched charm. 

For those who have a living room with ornate plaster​ work surrounding the windows and decorating the ceiling, it's understandable how the idea of finding curtains and drapes for the space can be a little daunting. On the one hand, you don't want to cover this beautiful craftsmanship, but on the other, this is the kind of room that demands window treatments in order to look complete. 

If you're struggling with this dilemma, you might have good luck suspending your drapery between the windows, one panel at a time. This way, you don't obscure any of the incredible details that make your home so great, but you are able to use a fine fabric that matches the tone of the space. Consider using a beautiful patterned silk that will match your windows in its ornate qualities. This will leave you free to choose whatever furniture you like for the space.