What to Do With an Ugly Window When Decorating

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Your colors are ideal, your furniture comfortable and cozy, your accessories just-right, but all that is for naught if that ugly window with the bars, unsightly view or shabby fogged-up glass is still part of the room. While you can’t always change your neighbors or neighborhood or replace the glass in a window, you can camouflage the window in a few different ways. Take advantage of the natural light your ugly window provides, but hide its unattractive qualities with a quick solution you can achieve in a day or less.

Window Film

  • An aesthetic way to disguise an unattractive window while maintaining natural light, window film is a self-sticking and removable film made for privacy and decor. Quick to measure, cut and apply, window film offers the opportunity to diffuse light with an etched or frosted look or will totally transform your window into a stained glass or garden view. Use the film on adjacent windows or additional windows in the room to tie the room together.

Bottom-up Window Shades

  • Maintain your sky, tree or city view while you eliminate unattractive street level scenes when you use bottom-up window shades. When you mount these shades to the bottom of your window casement, you can cover the bottom half of the window and still enjoy the natural light. Bottom-up shades are also a good choice for second floor or above dwellers as they offer privacy from lower views.

Framed Stained Glass

  • Camouflage an ugly window with a framed piece of stained glass. Many architectural salvage, antique and home decorating stores sell vintage or modern stained glass windows that can be fitted with a few eyehole bolts for hanging. Choose one that fits the total height and width of your window, or hang one below the other to cover the window completely. Hang with a sturdy cable from the top of the window casement and appreciate the new view and filtered colored lighting.

Budget Friendly and Fast

  • Collect vintage or new colored glass bottles in various heights, widths and styles. Line the bottles up on the window ledge, and fill them with water and flowering buds. Lower a plain white shade or hang a cafe curtain to cover the upper half of the window, which creates a rustic and colorful disguise that can be changed and redesigned frequently.

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