Newer homes tend to have standard sized windows – which makes it easy to buy draperies – but older homes often have awkwardly shaped windows that can be challenging to cover. At Half Price Drapes we offer custom curtains but we’ve also run across a few other interesting ideas. In the Portales News-Tribune an article titled Creative Living: Quilting, doll house tips to air covers several topics including “Creative solutions for challenging windows.”
Sheryl Borden suggests:
“The masking effect — Tall windows beside a fireplace sometimes appear out of proportion with the overall scale of the room. Solution: To provide the illusion of added width and weight, put a solid panel on the outer side of the window and add a full swag above the window, or build a valance/cornice board.
Privacy while keeping a view — Solution: Roman shades are a great way to provide light window coverings that can be pulled almost to the top of the window which allows a sweep of fabric to showcase the view. When lowered, they do not add visual weight or distract from the rest of the room.
Treating doors — French or patio doors provide some of the bigger obstacles because many times there is not enough room on the sides for drapery panels to stack back. Solution: Roman shades, Woven woods, blinds, or a stationary panel. Solution: Install a rod that can provide a stack-back on one side or both. Solution: Install a pulley type treatment that can be completely raised above the door to rest between the actual door frame and the ceiling. You can even add a cornice right beneath the crown molding so that a shade can roll up under it.
Bay windows — Many times windows are not the same shape. Solution: Create an illusion of matching windows with fixed-length roman or balloon style shades. Consider placing a roller blind behind the fixed-length if privacy is a concern. Solution: To unify a series of windows that don’t start evenly at the top, hang window treatments from the highest point to create an illusion of matched windows.”
We think these are all great ideas. In fact, her idea of using Roman shades on windows that need privacy but also want to give a view are one of the reasons we offer these and cellular shades. Of course we have hundreds and hundreds of other window coverings to choose from, including velvet curtains, sheer draperies, and everything in between.