Hanging curtains high and wide makes such a difference and with the availability of ready-made, inexpensive window panels that come in long, customizable lengths, like these from Ikea, this option is doable for anyone.
Hanging the curtain rod just below ceiling height leaves a considerable amount of room between the rod and the top of the window. So where to hang the shade?
Joni of Cote de Texas discusses the merits of hanging bamboo blinds up high at the rod to uncomplicate and streamline the window dressing in this post. This is Joni’s own beautiful home and I agree that hanging the shades on the wall above the window fills in that gap nicely, and also lets in maximum light when the shade is open.
Another example of Joni’s designs with the shades hung high.
A few more for your perusal….