Picture windows can be a challenge to dress. But there are a variety of window treatments to choose from. Roman blinds can be raised or lowered depending on the time of day or desired view. Plantation shutters and vertical blinds let in light while maintaining your privacy. Pinch-pleated draperies add a softer, more formal touch. But perhaps the easiest and most attractive treatment your can give your picture window is to dress it with curtains.
Your choice of curtain fabric depends on a number of factors. Take into account how you wish to use the window. It might act as a frame for a spectacular view in which case you'll want to choose a lightweight, almost transparent fabric like lace, voile or sheer, handkerchief cotton. To protect the room from heat or cold, insulated or lined heavy-weight cotton, polyester, or blend curtains fit the bill. Linen curtains filter sunlight while still offering a little privacy. Give a neutral room some punch with a colorful print.
For a simple treatment, thread a tension rod through the sleeve at the curtain's top and hang on the inside of the window frame. Mount a wrought iron rod from the ceiling and attach the curtains with brass rings. Flank the window with crane rods that open out like a door. Use wooden dowels with tab curtains. Mount two rods, one behind and inside the other for layering. Use a decorative brass or iron tie back on either side of the window to pull aside and hold curtains away from the windows.
Floor-to-ceiling curtains add dramatic flair to your room. Let the panels hang straight down or tie them loosely in the middle for a more casual look. Tab curtains give your picture window a more traditional look. Hang them from the top of the window in floor-length panels. Or layer them, with a shorter length about a quarter of the way up the window topped by longer curtains. A valance softens an otherwise untreated picture window while swag curtains can be elegantly draped and pulled back. Sheers are often layered under heavier window treatments to preserve privacy while giving the illusion of openness. Tier curtains are meant to be layered one on top of the other. Hang one pair halfway up the window on a decorative rod and layer the next pair on a matching rod to cover the top of the window. Open the top pair for light but leave the bottom pair closed for privacy.
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