The greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity! When it comes to windows — they come in all shapes and sizes — we sometimes have to scratch our heads and brainstorm extra hard to find the best solutions. However, leaving a challenging window bare is not an option for us.
There is always a way to showcase a window’s beauty, frame the view and bring the outside in — it just requires planning and creativity!
Consider privacy and view before designing a treatment:
In addition to the two-story window featured above, following are some of the most common window challenges:
Often a window butts up against a bookcase, fireplace, or even a wall, leaving little space for hanging a window treatment. An asymmetrical design works well in this scenario.
Corner windows present an opportunity for creativity, and can provide a backdrop for a unique space in the room. Just about any treatment can be fabricated to fit a corner space. For a dramatic look, try hanging panels tied back to the corner. Add a reading chair and small table and voilá — your own private nook!
Quarter-rounds, arches and angled windows add architectural detail but can be a challenge for privacy or light control. Luckily, many blinds, shades and shutters can be fabricated in special shapes, and motorized for hard-to-reach windows.
If you just want to add a window treatment for aesthetics, then a style that honors the shape of the window is best. For example, treat arches with a curved treatment like a swag or shaped cornice.
Don’t forget to dress your doors! French doors have become a common addition to many homes today, and are frequently neglected when it comes to window treatments. A simple top treatment such as a valance or shade works nicely, mounted on the door. Sliders can be treated with top treatments, traversing panels or updated vertical sheer blinds.
This gorgeous two-story window in an elegant Annapolis home presented us with the challenge of finding the right treatment to unify, soften and warm the space.
We chose these floor-to-ceiling silk fabric panels paired with beautifully trimmed, embroidered faux-silk swags, frame and unify this dramatic window. The luxurious fabrics and well appointed design add elegance to this formal living room, frame the view, and add warmth to this stunning wall of windows.
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