5 Tips for Designer-Worthy Windows

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Follow these tips to give your window treatments a designer look.

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Exterior Doors

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.

Photo By: David A. Land

Window Seat

For an extra-cozy and stylish look, flank recessed bench windows with a designer combo of woven shades and short-length curtain panels.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

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.

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Casement Windows

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.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Window Behind the Bed

Easy to clean and classically stylish, plantation shutters are a great choice for windows that are hard to reach, like those situated behind a headboard. For a more dramatic look, flank the window with floor-length drapery panels.

French Doors

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.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Bay Window

Give a plain bay window a designer boost by installing outside-mount Roman shades on each window and flanking the bay with flowing drapes hung to the ceiling.

Odd-Sized Windows


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.

Large Bathroom Window

Water-resistant curtains add stylish color and much-needed privacy to an extra-tall bathroom window. Can't find water-resistant curtains? Try decorative shower curtains instead.

Stair Windows

For safety and aesthetic reasons, cordless shades like these outside-mount Roman shades are ideal for staircase windows.

Photo By: David A. Land

Side Lights

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.

Corner Windows

For windows that converge at a corner, choose a corner-connecting drapery rod and hang a single floor-length panel at the confluence of each window and on each end.

Odd Door

Does an oddly-placed door have you stumped? Don't stress! Choose a window shade that matches the rest of your space and mount it just outside the window frame. This will help the door blend with other windows in the room while adding style to a hard-to-decorate exterior door.

Arched Window

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.

Shower Window

Perfect for those awkward shower windows, an inside-mount roller shade is easily pulled down for privacy and rolled back up for light.

Window Above the Sink

An outside-mount shade adds trendy color and pattern to a lonely window over the kitchen sink.

Boring Windows

Are your windows extra-large and extra-boring? Instead of covering them with blinds, hang gorgeous antique window panels instead.

Dormer Window

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.

Wide Molding

Don't cover up enviable architectural detail. If your windows are framed with gorgeous molding, bypass the drapes and install simple inside-mount roller shades, instead.

From: John Lyle

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Cathedral-Style Windows

Like arched windows, cathedral-style varieties look best untreated. But if you must, install inside-mounted shades at the window's horizontal point, leaving the gorgeous detail of the transom exposed.

From: Beckwith Interiors and Beckwith Interiors

Utility Space

Utility spaces like pantries and laundry rooms are all about function. Control temperature and light with a no-fuss, cellular shade mounted inside the window frame.

Tall + Skinny Windows

Extra-long decorative drapes help highlight tall, skinny windows without blocking light.

Transom Window

Long navy blue curtains hung high above the transom window in this gorgeous living room let in loads of light and call attention to the high ceilings.

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