Window treatments that flow all the way from the top of the window to the floor are elegant and simple. Long curtains without tiebacks, valances, cornices, or other decorative treatments are a mainstay in drapery design. For the family room, they are especially appropriate, providing necessary privacy and giving a dressed look without excess formality.
The large amount of fabric required in such a window treatment plays an important part in communicating the room's palette. When a print is the chosen material, the curtains are also a tool for imbuing the room with visual rhythm and should serve to unify the space through a repetition of color and pattern.