Because of its dramatic expanse of glass, this 1960s living room’s tall window walls demanded a fabric showy enough to make a decorating impact, yet sturdy enough to stand the sun.
The solution that the interior designers came up with: semi-sheer draperies. Despite their fragile and diaphanous appearance, the soft yellow-beige fabric was sun-resistant, washable, and opaque enough to screen the view and glare.
The curtains were mounted between shaped window cornices or valances that had been cut from plywood or fiberboard, with the edges lightly stained for a rustic look. They were supported by columns that made for a dramatic frame, plus also hid the aluminum window supports.
The other furnishings took their color cues from the drapes. The three low swivel chairs were upholstered in the same fabric pattern as the window treatments, only more colorful and on larger scale. The plush orange shag carpet picked up its color from the chairs.