Custom window treatments are one of the best investments homeowners can make. They add a finished look to a room, enhance architectural features, provide privacy and enhance energy efficiency. Designs can have formal elegance with layers of carefully crafted pleats and folds or the simple carefree touch of an artfully draped valance looped over an industrial pipe. Shutters and blinds come in a range of materials from natural wood to easy maintenance composite materials. Poles and finials range from intricately carved medallions to plain steel hooks.
The choices for window treatments and accessories with which to hang them are seemingly endless unless of course the windows in question are oddly shaped. Large palladium windows topped by a half moon, arched windows and bay windows present a challenge for homeowners and their designers. The usual options don’t always work and there can be significant added expense over and above the standard fee for custom window treatments.
Many rooms with half moon windows just use a uniform design on all windows in the room. The half moon is left uncovered and the bottom portion is covered with blinds or shutters. While this is often the easiest solution, it doesn’t maximize the grandeur of the window. Why have a special window only to cover it up and make it look like all the others?
Another commonly seen treatment is to cover the moon in a tucked sheer fabric while the remaining part of the window is done with blinds, shutters or drapes and a valance. This option preserves the distinct look of the window, but the cost is often double. Homeowners have to pay for two installations on a single window. The cost of the sheer fabric is minimal. It’s the labor to install both the sheer and the blinds or curtains that adds to the bottom line.
Design professionals can help craft unique looks that highlight the featured window and preserve its characteristics. There are actually curved drapery poles that accommodate half moon windows. Another option is wall mounted hooks that follow the line of the window. These finishes let customers have the fabric and drapes they want without compromising on the design.
Fans of natural light have ample choices as well. Fabric covered cornices can be cut to follow the curves of the window. This look gives the room a splash of color but it doesn’t interfere with the light and the lines of the window are preserved. Window treatments don’t have to cover the entire window to be effective. Sometimes less is more and a simple sash is all that’s required to finish the room.
If you have fan shaped windows, arches or other non traditional sized windows in your home, don’t hide them behind stock cut blinds and shutters. There are a host of options to address oddly sized windows that are both elegant and cost effective. Whether your taste is Palace of Versailles or shabby chic there is a solution that will enhance the beauty of your home and be functional.