Arched Window Drapery

Arched Window Drapery

Design 101 this month has all about windows.  We’ve talked about window styles, fabrics, and details.  We’ve also shared some of our favorite window treatment combinations.  But what about those atypical windows – bay windows, corner windows, and french doors?  What kind of window treatments do you use there?  Below are some of our favorite tricky window solutions.

Shutters(or roman shades) with drapery on an arched window allows you to still see the architectural details, but also offers privacy and light filtering.

 Arched Window Shade

Arched Window Shade

If you prefer a simpler approach to arched windows, you can skip the drapery and just install a roman shade (or shutters).

 Arched Window Valance

Arched Window Valance

If you need light control at the top of an arched window (like in a bedroom), try adding a custom valance that aligns with the top of your window.

 Corner Draperry

Corner Draperry

Don’t be afraid to soften corner windows with drapery.  One drapery panel per window will keep the proportions right.

 Bay Window Shades

Bay Window Shades

Roman shades are a good solution above a banquette or built in seating in a bay window.  Don’t be afraid to use a pattern – as long as the pattern lines up the looks stays sharp.

 Bed in front of Window

Bed in front of Window

If the only place to put your bed is in front of the window, why not turn the window into a headboard with a pop of paint, roman shades, and drapery?

 French Door Drapes

French Door Drapes

If your french doors swing in or out, drapery panels are a great way to add window treatments that won’t get stuck in the door jambs.

 French Door Shade 2

French Door Shade 2

For a more casual look, you can add roller shades or roman shades directly to french doors that swing in.

 French Door Shade

French Door Shade

If you french doors swing out, you can install a large roman shade as it will stay clear of door jambs.

 Windows Different Height

Windows Different Height

Is your focal window wall have windows at different heights?  Try creating a design feature by adding an interesting detail that compliments the architecture.

 Drapery and Shades

Drapery and Shades

Confused about whether or not you can mix and match styles within a room?  We say “yes, go for it!”. If you have windows that require different approaches to the treatments, you can still tie them together by using the same fabric.

 View

View

What about that fabulous view?  If you prefer no window treatments on your windows, you still have options to block UV rays.  3M makes a great window film product that will filter the direct sunlight, protect your furniture, and still maintain your view.

Do you have any tricky windows that leave you at a loss?  Let us know, we love to hear from you!

Happy Designing,

RB.

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