Transom windows make a room feel taller and brighter, but excessive sunlight can cause fading of the furniture and fabrics in the room. Hanging sheer draperies is a smart way to combat excessive sunlight without obstructing the view. In this short video, interior designer Kate Jackson explains the common challenges that arise when hanging window treatments and offers three interior design tips that you can apply to your home.

Where to Mount the Drapery Rod

Transom windows offer a unique challenge when hanging draperies or other window treatments; homeowners are often unsure whether to mount the rod above the transom window or below. Kate recommends mounting the drapery rod above the transom window and as high as possible. The drapery will create an uninterrupted line from floor to ceiling, creating an illusion of height while simultaneously diffusing the sunlight streaming into the room.

Even if you do not have transom windows, mounting the drapery rods close to the ceiling is a clever and on-trend interior design trick to make small windows or short ceilings look larger and taller than they actually are.

Window Treatment Length in Relation to the Floor

Another common challenge that homeowners face when hanging draperies is how long the window treatments should be in relation to the floor. This decision really depends on individual interior design aesthetic—dramatic puddling of draperies is most often used in traditional interior design while floor-skimming draperies are generally used in more modern interior design. For the beach house living room and dining room, Kate had the Sunbrella sheers puddle slightly on the floor so that when the windows are open, the draperies will flow in the breeze.

Choosing the Right Drapery Rod and Draperies

Kate suggests choosing a drapery rod that blends with the furnishings in the room. For draperies, she chose Sunbrella sheers in Mist Snow, a classic white fabric, to offer a soft contrast to the off-white walls and sofas in the living room interior design. To see how designer Kate Jackson uses Sunbrella sheers in Perspective New England The Beach House, check out Episode Two: Fading is a Problem and Episode Three: Entertaining in Style. Learn about the fabrics Kate Jackson used in the beach house in the décor guide.

The Beach House video series is part of Perspective New England, a design journey exploring the versatility of Sunbrella fabrics for every aspect of your life—at home, on the water or on an adventure. Also check out The Rhode Yacht, a 1977 Airstream Argosy transformed by Sunbrella, and The Real Yacht, a Morris Yachts M36 brought to life with Sunbrella. Follow the entire project on Twitter and Instagram @Sunbrella and #PerspectiveNE.