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The Drafty Door Solution

front doors with curtains

I’ve had this idea lingering in my head for a while.  Now, don’t make fun of me, but I actually got the idea from the movie, Taken.  Have you guys seen it? I actually really like the movie, but anyway, there was a scene where the main character goes to the home of a former co-worker and the thing I remember most from the scene is that there were heavy, velvet drapes across the inside of the door. I thought it was just so luxe looking that it stuck with me.  Plus, this would really help with the draftiness of winter.

doors with curtains

So I’ve been sitting on this idea and scouring through sites that have tons of curtain styles, textures, and fabrics.  I think for my purposes they have to be solid – no patterns in my future, and maybe a raw silk or velvet with a bit of a break and puddle.

But please weigh in – do you like this look? Does it distract from the beauty of a foyer?  I’m all about keeping things simple and not fussy, so what do you think?  Fussy?  or Fabulous?


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15 Comments on “The Drafty Door Solution”

  1. Tara November 21, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I LOVE this look. I think it gives a lot of texture and warmth to what (in many houses– I’ve not seen yours) can be a very cold area, especially in winter. Not to mention how it might help your heating bill!

  2. Jules November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I love this look – I am in the process of doing exactly this in our foyer. I like the idea of drawing the curtains throughout the house at night to feel cosy inside!

  3. Michelle November 21, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I’m thinking it’s pretty fabulous…and I might have to try it for our front door! We have a drafty (but beautiful) Victorian front door, this might be just the thing…

  4. Jessica November 21, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    We have some drafty doors and unfortunately they’re so old that simply going to Lowe’s and buying the piece that slides on the bottom of the door to help with that, of course, doesn’t fit. So we’re looking for other inexpensive solutions until we can afford to have the doors replaced (we had it quoted and it was expensive since they’re so old) — love the curtain look but since we don’t have a traditional foyer and it just opens right up into our livingroom, I don’t think it would work for us. bummer.

  5. Tracy November 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Hmmm. I’m torn on this one. While I love the look in a large formal entry way with big double doors. I think you need room on each side for the drapes to hang and not cover the doors at all when they are open. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the look on a single door. It feels a little closed off and out of balance to me when the drape blocks one side of a single door. Just my humble opinion…

  6. Cindi November 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I love the look, I do think you would need either a window above the door or close by so it isn’t so dark and heavy looking.

  7. Jessica Lang November 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I was watching Taken last night!! Ryan and I said the same thing when we saw those beautiful dark teal curtains. Too bad we don’t have a glorious double-door like in these photos. Miss you!

  8. Jessica November 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I think the idea is fabulous, but of the above images, I think it looks best on those double doors with glass panes. I think it would feel a bit fussy on my front door, but you may have the perfect one!

  9. Vicky November 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I absolutely love this.. and apologies but i may steal this idea too! our door is so drafty – have tried lots of different ugly draft strips but never thought of a curtain!

    Off to the shops i go to get the most gorgeous Velvet curtains!
    Thank you :)

  10. Julie November 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I think it can look great on a single door and am thinking of doing this on my front and back doors (hello freezing cold Cleveland winters and drafty doors). It’s very popular in the UK and there are specific rods called portiere rods that allow the curtain to swing with the door. That way you can have the curtains closed and easily enter from outside.

  11. Helen G. Dickerson November 27, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    The overall look of the room is so classic.I love the black and white concept. The door is so elegant!

  12. leia December 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    I do this on my window (drapes on a window? REVOLUTIONARY I know!) and it works. My a/c unit is permanently installed there and its not sealed around the edges or anything so during winter months the black out curtains I have also keep warmth in/cold out (and vice versa in the summer). It would work on a door too.

  13. Tanya December 9, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    I had to chuckle when I saw this post! We live in the very cold of Northern Minnesota, and we hang a blanket over our front door in the winter! It really helps with the drafty factor. In fact, there is frequently frost on the doorknob in the morning. Our door opens into the living room, and the blanket is a solid color, the same color as our walls, and hangs about 6 inches extra onto the floor creating more of a “seal” against the cold. I love the curtain rod idea though. It would make it much easier.

    • Erin | House of Earnest December 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Tanya –

      We used to do that when I was growing up as well… My husband threatened me with it this year, so I got to thinking about the curtain!

  14. Lisa March 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Just found your blog and I love your style. Can you tell me what material you used for the curtains in the top picture with the large double doors. Thank you!

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