5 Tips for Designer-Worthy Windows
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Follow these tips to give your window treatments a designer look.
Don't ignore the power of a well-dressed window. These designer tips will transform your windows. Hint: It's all about layers!
Watch the video above to see how to do it.
If your exterior doors are paned, consider adorning them with a single drapery panel on the hinged side. When you want more privacy, simply pull the panel completely across. If the one-sided look doesn't fit your space, however, simply hang another panel on the other side, leaving room for the door to open and close without restriction.
Wall of Windows
If your sunroom or other living space is lined with walls of large windows, consider installing small groupings of high-hung drapery panels at intervals around the room. Close them for privacy and light control or keep them open for uninterrupted views.
Roman shades mounted on the outside of the frame are a great choice for windows that swing out, like the shallow casement windows in this sun-filled master bathroom. Don't love the look of shades? Drapery panels hung high and wide are also a good fit.
Window Behind the Bed
Two sets of floor-length drapes (four panels total) hung at each end of an extra-long curtain rod frame the french doors in this chic dining room. When the doors are closed, the curtains can be pulled all the way across for privacy and temperature control.
For windows with shallow trim or an odd shape, cordless shades mounted outside the frame add a pop of style without blocking light. Finish with a chic valance to elongate the look of the window. Learn how to make this DIY valance >>
Sliding Glass Door
Forget vertical blinds and flank your sliding glass door with stylish floor-to-ceiling curtains, instead. Hang curtains a few inches outside of the door frame to prevent obstruction when opening and closing doors.
If your window is flanked by gorgeous side lights, like these stained glass beauties, simply hang short curtain panels from a tension rod installed inside the center window frame, allowing the sides to shine.
While arched windows are best left untreated (they're just so pretty!), sometimes the space calls for extra privacy or light control. If so, flank the window with floor-length curtains hung a few feet above if not all the way to the ceiling, allowing a full view of the window when open.
While dormer windows add architectural interest to the outside of the house, they do very little for the inside. Dress up an empty dormer window with cordless Roman shades and a cozy window seat daybed.