You don't have to have a large or grand living room to make it look more formal. In fact, the right draperies can help to give this space a formal look. Here are just a few ideas you can use in your family room to create an elegant appearance.
Arched Curtain Rods
Arched curtain rods can add a unique look to regular rectangular windows. You can purchase these rods at your local home improvement store or online. They come in a variety of designs and sizes to meet your needs, and your contractor can install them for you to take some of the guesswork out of this project. The rods should be hung so the top of the arch meets the top of your window. This creates the illusion of having arched windows. Look for a heavy damask curtain to achieve the formal look you want, and use ornate tiebacks to keep the curtains in place. Hang a sheer panel beneath the draperies to complete this idea.
Crown molding has a variety of uses in home decor, and it can make the perfect topper for a formal curtain look. Have your contractor position your curtain rods behind the crown molding for a seamless look, and opt for solid-color panels in a neutral tone to give your windows a more modern look. Your contractor can install the molding at the top of the wall to give your windows the illusion of more height, or you can opt for longer pieces of molding to fill in the blank space between the ceiling and the top of your windows. If you want to make a bold style statement, have the molding painted in a darker tone before installing it, and choose a lighter color for your draperies.
Draped valances can give your space an elegant, upscale look. You can have custom valances made that create the draped look, or you can practice different ways of draping fabric on your own to make this a DIY project. Have your contractor install valance rods above your curtain rods, and then wrap the fabric loosely around it until you achieve the desired effect. Sheer fabrics work well for this drapery idea, but you can experiment with a few different fabric styles if you aren't sure which ones you like the best. Consider visiting your local fabric shop to purchase a few swatches in colors and fabrics you like, and test them out before you purchase all the material you need for the project.
Work with a contractor like Park City Blind & Design to install the hardware you'll need for each of these ideas, and look for other ways you can dress up the windows and walls in your formal living room.