8 Decorating Solutions for Tricky Windows

Use these ideas to enhance hard-to-decorate windows, such as angles, arches, octagons, bows, bays, French doors, sliding doors, and skylights.

  1. The Right Fit

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    When it comes to dressing up windows, one size definitely does not fit all! The growing popularity of unusual and interesting window shapes creates a decorating dilemma. Fortunately, there are a variety of specialty window coverings available today that can be used to enhance these hard-to-decorate windows.

  2. Arched Windows

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    These energy-efficient Duette honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas feature an EasyView movable arch shade system that allows for privacy, light control, and easy window access for cleaning. The EasyView pleats can be aligned with those on conventional shades below to create a seamless, consistent look. 

    Related:  Top Tips for Installing Window Treatments

  3. Skylights and Tall Windows



    What can you do with skylights or windows that are just out of reach? Hunter Douglas offers its popular Duette honeycomb shades with SkyLift—a new skylight shade available in manual, battery-powered, and hardwired motorized options. There's even an app!

    Related:  Seeing the Light—New (and Improved) Skylights

  4. Palladian Windows



    Palladian, or arched, windows are an elegant style favored by many homeowners. Here, custom-crafted Heritance hardwood shutters from Hunter Douglas dress them up in elegant, operational style. Check out the 100 standard colors, including 63 artisan-grade paint finishes and 33 rich stains.

    Related:  Know Your Window Styles—10 Popular Designs

  5. Sliding Doors

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    Although sliding glass doors offer great convenience, views, and light, they have their own set of window treatment challenges. The Amalfi collection of Levolor vertical blinds from Blinds Galore features extra-durable vane stems and a semi-rigid stitched fabric to provide years of reliable operation; fabrics are available in a range of neutral colors.

  6. French Doors

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    Coveted for both exteriors and interiors, French doors create an air of Old World elegance. Decorating options abound, including custom-made Heritance hardwood shutters and Palm Beach polysatin vinyl shutters from Hunter Douglas. These shutters are offered in myriad colors and stains, and feature specialized cutouts to accommodate door handles.

    Related:  Bob Vila TV—Installing New French Doors

  7. Angled Windows



    Interestingly angled windows are the go-to solution for attic rooms transformed into living space, but they pose a tricky decorating challenge. Custom-made Horizons woven wood shades from New View Blinds & Shutters are constructed from select natural materials like wood, bamboo, and other grasses, and add a distinctive textural element to a room.

    Related:  Planning Guide—Attic Conversion

  8. Bay Windows

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    The term "bay window" typically refers to a three-section window with a large central panel flanked by two smaller, angled side windows. This easy-to-install Umbra Solutions Bayview Bronze Window Set from Bed Bath & Beyond offers an elegant operational drape solution. 

  9. Angles, Peaks, and Points

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    Peaked roofs and corner locations often house angled windows. Cover them in style with Diffusion blinds, offered in aluminum or wooden construction. Diffusion blinds are custom made to accommodate even the oddest-shaped windows.

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