Greetings to all of my fellow aquaintances Former EHD team member Ginny is bringing you the first episode of Design Agony 2.0. Those of you who have been following Em Hendo for a long time may recall our Design Agony entries from a few years back (take a trip down blog memory lane here). We’re back, thanks to popular demand, of course. When Emily announced the blog’s return in February (along with a few other exciting developments), she asked readers to submit design problems that needed an expert’s help.
Some interesting questions came in, and, as expected, the vast majority of them were on window treatment issues. A lot of folks struggled with the uncomfortable positioning of windows in their homes after reading this post in March. It’s understandable…can we just stop building crazy homes with funny window locations?!? Do you hear me, architects?
Let’s get started, shall we? I sifted through the emails looking for issues that I suspected were common to many people. In each case, I’ll share my thoughts on how I’d approach the problem in an effort to benefit as many readers as possible.
DESIGN AGONY #1: AWKWARD CORNER WINDOWS
Our house is arranged so that many of the windows are clustered in the corners. It’s been difficult to figure out how to decorate the small windows next to the larger windows because they’re so close to the corners. Roman shades, a Roman shade and double panel combination, or a curtain rod that bends in the corners to cover all the windows and has paneled treatments for each are all options I’m considering.
Option #1: Frame Both Windows With Long Panels
For me, Emily (Reading, not Henderson) has the perfect concept by utilizing drapes and shades in all of her bedrooms. I’m not a fan of having only one drapery panel for a window, however, because I believe that drapery should cover both sides of a window. There are, however, some situations in which it is advantageous and even vital. In our former family room and guest room, Emily (Henderson) and I were debating whether or not to do one or two panels in each room. Because the doors are so near to the wall, it would be inconvenient to have to go behind the draperies every time you wanted to open one.
There are two drapery panels for each window if Emily Reading’s query applies. Even though it may not be the most practical solution, it will also be the most comfortable. Moreover, I would raise the drapery rod a few inches so that it doesn’t block the window’s header area from the ceiling. The room will also appear taller as a result of this. The use of clip-on rings allows the curtains to gather more tightly, reducing the amount of fabric that hangs on either side of the window. Hot tip (considering how tight that corner is).
Option #2: Two Sets of Panels with Roman Shades
Since the windows have deep depths, I’d go ahead and put Roman shades to each one. This will not only block out the light, but it will also soften the windows, making them less noticeable. It’s possible to achieve this with a cloth Roman shade or with a woven one.
Option #3: Rethink Separate Drapery Rods
When using pre-made draperies and rods, an elbow connector for the corner is a good method to make it look more finished. When needed, these can be screwed into rods and tilted up to 90 degrees. With them, your panels will hang directly at the window’s edge, rather than a few inches out like with traditional hanging methods (like they should be). Bay windows (which I’ll discuss in more detail later) can also benefit from the usage of elbow connectors. However, Emily may still use two-panel sets, placing two of them together in the corner.
There is only one situation where I would not use draperies in the corner, and that is when the window has a full wraparound. This would obstruct the view and the light. Use a wall or ceiling track in this situation.
Elbow connections come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these are a little thinner than others, but they’re also very common. These can be had in a number of different finishes as well:
Design Agony #2: How to Add Drapes to Bay Windows
Thanks to Nicole Rowland for sending in these photos of her living area after reading your post about window treatments. For a long time, I’ve been looking into several curtain solutions that are within my price range. Afterwards, in your blog post, you advocated the installation of Roman shades without bringing up the topic of curtains. When it comes to bay windows, are curtains always a no? My new curtains and rods are seen in the photo and link I’ve provided. There will be four curtains on the bay window rod, one for each of the three windows. Is it advisable to use a Roman shade or a roller shade in this case? For the dining area, which opens into the living room, I planned to hang a matching pole with the same curtains, but in a longer length, to match. To see if I’m doing the correct thing!
The previous time Em wrote about bay windows, she merely touched on the idea of adding shades as a solution and didn’t go into detail on how to include panels into the design. Asked by Nicole, we were wondering about our thoughts on drapery installation. Bay windows are a common sight in my childhood home in the United Kingdom’s Victorian architecture, which I adore. To decorate Nicole’s bay window, I’d recommend using a pre-made bay window rod and curtain panels that she’s already purchased. There is plenty of room for them to congregate comfortably, and it will serve as a soft backdrop to her sitting area. However, let’s go over her other options in case one of you readers finds them useful.
Option #1: Use Bay Window-Specific Drapery Rods
Because the bay window treatment in the dining room at the beginning of this section was installed before we started working on the project, we couldn’t take complete responsibility for it. However, it serves as an excellent example of how draperies may work. For a custom piece, you can identify that this rod is simply attached at its center and its ends. This eliminates the need for three middle-to-end draperies, but it is not the only option. For those with bay windows, did you realize that there are prefabricated solutions available? Since you don’t have to spend a lot, these are a terrific option. The only downside is that they have multiple wall attachments, requiring drapes at the corners where the two angles meet.
Option #2: Try Separate Rods
Three different rods may also be used by Nicole if she didn’t want to deal with an extremely specialised solution. It’s possible, but the rod will need to be clear of enormous finials (or else they’ll bump into each other) and will likely only reach the window’s very edge.
Option #3: Think Outside the Corners
If you don’t want to deal with the bay window’s multiple corners, you can simply hang drapes over the wall outside the window. In order for this to function, the window nook must be devoid of any furniture (or have a built-in bench). Moving the table and chairs to the rug might be a good idea for Nicole, if she chooses that option. That way, if necessary, the curtains could be drawn back.
Option #4: Skip the Panels Altogether
The usage of shutters is yet another alternative for a more tidy appearance. Because we have radiators under our windows in the UK, draperies might not be the ideal answer. This is not unusual in the UK. Hence why half-height draperies may be used frequently over there… It’s true, we’re a little crazy!
These elbow connectors can certainly be used, but there are other bay-window-specific rod systems to choose from. The following are four popular designs, each with a wide range of possible finishes
DESIGN AGONY #3: VAULTED CEILINGS & HIGH WINDOWS
From Julia Ditto: “I’ve often questioned what I should be doing with the windows in my gorgeous living room. Because we live in the country, privacy isn’t a concern, but it feels like I should have some window coverings just to make the space appear nicer—and to screen the sun when it shines just right. I’m torn between using window curtains to add warmth to the room and leaving them uncovered. Modern farmhouse design, yet the living room can feel a little bare and ‘YMCA gym-like,’ if you know what I mean. On the higher and part of the lower windows, we have electric roll-down shades because they receive some sunlight. If you have any ideas for how to decorate these windows, please share them with me!
Incredibly expansive, this is a wonderful place to work. When it comes to white walls, I think curtains would be a great approach to add depth and dimension.
Option #1: Use the Full Span of the Wall With an Extra-Long Rod
Here, there’s just one way to go (but will break it out into two optional fixes for variation). While Julia’s room isn’t quite as tall as the inspiration photo at the top of this section (and, admittedly, these are doors rather than windows), I adore how intentional the draperies look. Despite their height, they don’t feel like the wall is being cut in two because they’re set far enough apart to allow maximum light through.
Add a set of drapes to each window in Julia’s room, and you’ll just make it even more vertical (not to mention what would happen with the placement of those sconces). Like our inspiration image, I’d recommend using one long rod to span both windows. Because the sconces in this room determine our maximum height, I recommend no more than five to six inches lower than that. However, I would take full advantage of the wall’s spread to ensure that all sides of the room are well-attended to. Slim curtains are the worst of all worlds.
Option #2: Add Shades to Option
Another option is to use a woven or Roman shade to layer the panels. Because the walls and window frames are white and the windows are spaced far apart, this will bring a sense of coziness to the room. Uppers: If the light wasn’t an issue, I’d be tempted to leave them alone. As Julia mentioned, I’d use the same woven shade material from the lower windows to help bring the eye up and balance the wall’s height. You don’t have to add a liner when you use woven shades over Roman shades. As a result, it will keep out the harsh rays of the sun while allowing the ambient light to shine through.
Julia will require extra-long rods for both fix options, so we’ve compiled a list of nine of our favorites, ranging in maximum width from 108″ to 170″.
How to Cover Odd Shaped Windows
Custom shades for exteriors
As far as dealing with a rare window situation goes, this is the most surefire option.
In order to have indoor custom blinds or curtains produced, it is necessary to take the shape of the windows into consideration. The use of shutters for windows with unusual shapes can be extremely beneficial.
How To Hang Two Curtain Rods On One Window
Leaving them outside, on the other hand, only necessitates that they be wide enough to cover their length and allow for enough breathing.
Personalized exterior rollers Upon closing, shutters occupy very little space and are very simple to install. The same is true for roller shades.
Enhance your home’s curb attractiveness while also shielding it from harmful elements such as direct sunshine, heat, UV radiation, and glare using this method.
Your home is secure, and your bedroom provides you with a nearly unhindered view of the outside world.
With a variety of commercially available motorized options, you can now open and close your doors with ease and efficiency.
Pushing a button is all it takes to operate the device; no fiddly cables are required.
To hang curtains on odd-shaped windows, you must first choose what kind of curtain you need.
For slanted skylights
The primary purpose of a skylight is to let in as much natural light as possible through a window opening in the roof.
It is feasible to save electricity bills by installing a skylight, as they are fantastic energy-saving choices all day long.
It can be uncomfortable and inconvenient to be in a house with skylights without curtains on the windows during the hot summer months because of how quickly the house heats up.
If this is the case, your air conditioners will cost you a lot of money in terms of electricity. Room darkening or cellular or honeycomb drapes that filter light can be used to cover rooftops in this situation.
When fitted correctly, skylight shades are one of the best window treatments for keeping heat out of the room and providing privacy and comfort.
Single-cell shades come in a variety of light-filtering options, including thinner textures. When it comes to honeycomb shades, double-cell honeycomb materials might be sought for if you need complete (or at least 90%) heat protection. That’s why this is the finest method for controlling light.
For arched windows
Before you begin creating your arched windows, there are a number of options you can choose from. There are a variety of ways to dress up these windows, so you may experiment with a variety of looks. These types of windows have a plethora of window covering alternatives available on the internet.
For a more diffused light to pass through, you can utilize this DIY approach.
Have them installed by an expert or have them sandblasted acid-etched or clear laminated glass laminated for your convenience. The long-term durability and low-maintenance requirements of frosted glass make it an excellent choice for windows. In contrast to draperies, curtains, or shutters, it is permanently carved into the window and does not need to be closed or opened like this.
Traditional drapes can be replaced by valances at the top of the window. Choosing irregular windows is the greatest option since an attractive design or print can enhance the window structure’s beauty and appeal. This means that you can choose valances that function as excellent light filters but do not completely alter the design of your windows.
As well as being able to accommodate a wide range of body types, they also come in a wide range of colors and sizes.
For multiple windows
Smaller rectangular windows on either side of a French or Palladian-style bay window create a typical and beautiful Victorian feel. Visitors are captivated and enthralled by the opulent interiors of these windows.
For windows of this type, you can have curtains or pairs of panels in raw silk or vibrant designs to cover all of the window. For triangle-shaped windows, this is also a good option. Placement of sun shades is one of the greatest solutions.
There are many ways you may manage the amount of sunlight in your home, as well as the noise and ultraviolet glare.
They can also be used with a variety of colors. Consider using aluminum or fake wood/wood shades to encase the main window and sheer shades to conceal the others.
This will keep your room from having the ideal combination of light diffusion and blackout properties, giving it a warm, pompous appearance.
Honeycomb blinds and aluminum blinds can be paired with Graber blinds, Venetian blinds, sheer drapes, etc. if you have a lot of windows in a large area.
Window blinds in the shape of triangles are an excellent choice.
For asymmetrical windows
With an asymmetrical window, one side is always at risk of being exposed, no matter what kind of window treatment you use. You can begin in any corner of the room and hang curtains with rod pockets over the top of the windows in a symmetrical arrangement. Trapezoid-shaped windows can also be covered with window treatments. With Velcro closures or ties, the room will have an attractive aesthetic that pays equal attention to both the windows’ shape and the curtains’ restraint and class.
Asymmetrical drapes may be a problem for some, so leave the curtains closed and let their design speak for you.
If you want to draw attention away from the walls, select bright colors or patterns like polka dots, Aztecs, or geometric shapes like zig-zags.
Why Uniquely Shaped Windows require a Professional Touch.
Creating custom window treatments for unique shapes and sizes In order for Windows to function properly, a number of conditions must be met.
- Coverings that are custom-made must:
- Make the most of your body’s unique features.
- Accomplish your needs for privacy and light control
- Be constructed with long-lasting, high-grade materials.
- Functionality and security must meet your needs.
- Adhere to the style of your house
- Make yourself happy by doing something you enjoy.
- First and foremost, choose which sorts of windows need to be covered and which approach is the most practical for you.
How to Cover Odd Shaped Windows: FAQs
How can I cover my window cheaply?
The window can be covered with homemade elements or you can use film or glass paint to make your own cover. Installing drapes, shades, or shutters could be a better option.
How do I cover my eyebrows with arched windows?
In order to reduce the amount of light coming in via arched windows, all you need to do is paint the glass. Using dark-colored acrylic paint on a window’s clean surface is an easy way to block out the light.
How do I hide uneven windows?
- Houseplants can serve as a pleasant diversion.
- Then, hang the curtains.
- The window should be decorated with an eye-catching mobile.
- Distract yourself and get some perspective on your surroundings by using mirrors.
- Apply a film on the glass.
- Make a screen for your yard or patio.
- Create a new window by covering the old one.
Making this perfect solution on your own can be a daunting task. It’s also possible to lose money, time, and energy if you make a simple error along the route. DIY window treatment designers, for example, frequently make the following mistakes:
To my dismay, my choice of fabric or substance does not harmonize well with the current decor.
There was an issue with the window measurements they provided and they ended up needing to purchase replacements on their own.
Damage and other issues are the result of improper installation.
A window treatment designer that specializes in unique windows can ensure that you get the correct solution even if you think you’re a master DIYer. Window treatment options should always be double-checked.
In the long run, they’ll save you both time and money.
Here are a few ideas to help you disguise those awkwardly shaped windows. Although these are the best window protection measures, they aren’t the only ones. Let your imagination run wild and be as imaginative as you can. I hope you’ve figured out how to conceal windows with unusual shapes.