A great way to add a country European feel to your home is to add some French door curtains to your doors. These type of curtains originate from many centuries ago and are very light and breezy.
You can purchase French door curtains, or any other type of door shades, from most interior decorating shops or alternatively you can make your own. French door curtains normally cover the entire door with thin see-through material that is usually white. These curtains hang straight from the top of the door to the ground but it is also a style to tie the middle of the French curtains so that they become hourglass shaped. This softens door lines as well as adding privacy to the room. On top of this, having curtains will stop damaging rays of sunlight from harming your furniture inside yet at the same time, enough light will be allowed in to brighten the room.
If you really want to continue the authentic French theme, you can purchase some additional French door hardware to bring out the most from your living room. One option is to buy some real or replica wrought iron curtain rods to go with your door curtains. These wrought iron additions were very popular when doors and curtains originated due to the new supply and technology of wrought iron at the time.
The rods will add a touch of history and can almost be a feature of the room due to the complicated and often large designs that wrought iron rods have. These rods will contrast well with your relatively simple white French door curtains and so if you do not want your curtain rods to stand out, a plain white metal one would do fine.
Having sheer curtains also adds a nice effect and draws attention to the curtains, especially if they are held by smaller, thinner rods. Unfortunately if you want total privacy, it is not easily accomplished with French curtains as they are very thin, also it is hard to find curtains that open and shut completely. If this is what you are looking for, then full drapery is perhaps what you should look at, as this offers these things.
Due to the simplicity of these French door curtains, they are not very expensive unless you are purchasing authentic century old ones. If not, you can set up a door with curtains for under $50 not including installation. These curtains look great, let the light in, add style and protect your furniture while bringing back a country European feeling that everybody can appreciate.