Dressing Large Windows

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53Large windows are often a valued architectural element of a home, yet there is the issue of privacy and light control. Here are some winodw treatment tips for dressing some common large window elements:

Cathedral or Palladian-Style
If seeking privacy, use curtains on the lower half installing a traverse or curtain rod at a pleasant breaking point that leaves the upper windows exposed.  Or try vertical shades with a swag or valance to soften the effect.

Hang a scarf along the transom to break the harsh light of a sunset. Another option is to use shirred curtains anchored at the top of each transom. Of course, you can also use specialty shaped vertical or cellular shades.

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Bay or Bow Windows
The first decision is to decide whether to treat the windows individually or as a group. If opting for individual styling, then try matching shades, blinds or shutters – this is a nice place for plantation shutters. Tieback curtains also create a nice effect.  As a group, place a curved-bow-window rod or standard curtain rod on the wall above and treat with curtains.


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