How to Decorate Short Bedroom Windows


While some bedrooms feature picture or bay windows, many have short or narrow windows. It can be tempting to cover them with curtains and call it a day but, if you spend some time painting, decorating and accessorizing short bedroom windows, you can make them more of a focal point of the room. Maximize natural light by keeping all window treatments and accessories removable or adjustable.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Baby shampoo
  • Paint
  • Architectural elements
  • Textiles
  • Hanging hardware
  • Accessories
  • Embellish short bedroom windows with architectural elements that give the windows greater impact or increase the amount of natural light that enters the room. Skylights and solar tubes above the window boost light. Add or extend a window ledge by flanking the ledge with narrow floating shelves in a matching finish. Avoid attaching any prominent pieces above the window, which has the effect of weighing it down and shortening it.

  • Clean bedroom windows inside and out with a solution of one part warm water to one part white vinegar. Add a squirt of baby shampoo into the solution to give the windows a shinier finish. Dry-dust window sills, ledges, the surrounding wall and any corners, which tend to gather dust and cobwebs.

  • Refresh paint or add a finish to short bedroom window frames, ledges, sills or surrounding shelves. A crisp, blue-based white in a semi-gloss finish reflects natural light. A sunny yellow or brilliant periwinkle evokes the sky on a clear day. Hand painted tile gives a window ledge rustic charm.

  • Select a style of window treatment that works for your space, light and bedroom decor scheme. Most short bedroom windows benefit from sheer panels, which keep natural light at a maximum. Hang panels that measure wider and longer than the actual window to create the illusion of more window area. Window scarves in various patterns and colors hang around rather than over windows, but may not provide enough privacy. Roller blinds or bamboo or linen shades add texture and allow you to fully expose the windows when you wish. A tri-fold screen covered in translucent paper has Asian chic, while cafe curtains in vintage fabric evoke a French farmhouse. Miniature wooden shutters have country charm.

  • Attach hanging hardware that suits your window treatment. The finials and large loops of living room drapery look too heavy in a bedroom with short windows. Try simple cotton tabs or ribbons sewn to the tops of lightweight curtains or, for a bohemian modern aesthetic, attach metal clips or wooden clothespins to a fishing line strung at the top of the window. A lightweight wooden or metal bar may sit over the window frame and extend beyond it, allowing oversized panels to drape over the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Illuminate the area around a short bedroom window by flanking the window with wall sconces or adding recessed or track lighting overhead.
  • Keep window treatments from pooling onto the floor, which collects dust and can stain sheer fabric.

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