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Do's + Don'ts of Designer-Worthy Window Treatments

Styling your windows doesn't have to be a pane. Follow these tips to get the most out of your living room's window treatments.

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DO: Hang Curtains High and Wide

Make your space look bigger and more luxurious by hanging drapes at least 12 inches above the window frame or all the way to the ceiling. Also try extending your curtain rod out 3 to 6 inches on each side for maximum effect.

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DON'T: Hang Them Right Above the Window

Drapes that rest right above the frame stunt the window and let in less light, which can give the entire space a crowded look. Keep in mind that, when open, your curtains shouldn't fall more than 2 inches inside the frame on each side.

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DO: Layer Window Treatments

Designer windows almost always sport at least two window treatments — whether it be a matchstick shade framed by drapes, wood blinds paired with a pretty Roman shade or louvered shutters topped with a chic valance. Not only does this rule find its roots in functionality (more window treatments, better insulation), but it boosts style, turning the window into a design focal point. Imagine the window above without the yellow drapes. Boring, right?

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DON'T: Go Overboard

Too much of anything is usually a bad thing, and window treatments are no exception. The more fabric you put on a window, the less light will shine through and the smaller your space will look. Try a few different layering styles before you commit.

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