I have done similar window treatments for client projects, though none with a gilded carved molding surrounding the window! A treatment like this is a very formal look but done in a floral chintz would make it less formal and done in a linen would also tend to be more casual.
|Above is the grand double staircase leading from The Grand Hall to the second floor.
|Here is one corner of The Music Room, which was also an art gallery.
|The Grand Ballroom had fifteen windows and doors, all topped with beautiful paintings called lunette paintings as they were in a half moon shape.
A famous lavish party called the Ball Poudre was held here in honor of George Washington's birthday.
|The Bal Poudre, held in 1903, was described as one of the most sumptuous affairs south of Washington.
Here is a closer look at one of the lunette paintings, surrounded by scrolled gold molding, of course! This could be another idea to be used atop a window to add height and drama. The painting could be anything that related to the over all style of the interior, like seashells in a seaside retreat or fruit in a dining room or kitchen.
Also notice another little valance just below the painting. It seems it is just a simple way to disguise the rod underneath.
|This window is located in The Drawing Room where Mary Lily entertained guests and listened to music.
Another beautiful Palladian window treatment. This is a wider softer arch with one large swag and two smaller jabots. Sometimes the space in between can have another pair of swags but this is a great way to save on fabric yardage and keep the treatment lighter.
|Looking closely at one panel you can see a thin layer of touille over the tapesty. It was fraying with age.
Here is a detail of a window treatment recently installed showing a band of brocade fabric and double layers of beaded and tassel fringe. A coordinating tassel tieback completes the elegant style of this treatment.
|Photo courtesy of Picture Pretty Interiors
How would you use inspiration from these old world designs in today's interiors? Have you ever considered creating a focal point with a dramatic window treatment? I invite you to share your ideas in the comment section below.