Window Treatments for Doors With Windows

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Doors with windows bring in light and allow you to view your landscape. You may not always want such exposure, however. You may want privacy in the evenings, or perhaps you don't enjoy morning sunshine with your morning coffee. You can add window treatments to your doors that will offer views and privacy, as well as light control.

Small Windows

  • Kitchen and side doors with small windows bring in light and define the entry as that for family and casual visits. Curtains do well as treatments for these small windows. Use lightweight material with a simple pattern and your kitchen door becomes a part of your decorating scheme.

    Pocket curtains work well. The simple fold over hem allows you to use a slender rod and small brackets. This keeps the curtain close to the door; too much distance between the treatment and door looks awkward.

    You can use either one panel or a split panel treatment for this type of window. For something a little different, add a rod at the bottom of the window. With the curtain panel held securely at the top and bottom, cinch the middle of the panel with a hemmed strip of matching fabric. This hourglass style adds a little whimsy to the treatment.

French Doors

  • French doors add drama to a room and can wash a room in light. Their almost full-length windows, though, may require a treatment for light control and privacy.

    Sheers can be used on French doors in much the same way curtains can, as pocket hemmed fabric on a small rod with brackets. Sheers are light and airy; they don't detract from the prominence of the doors themselves.

    Cellular shades, sometimes referred to as honeycombs, work well on French doors due to their slender profiles. They fit snugly against the window and can be raised and lowered for light control.

    Cellular shades, as with any shade used on a door, will "flap" at the bottom when the door is opened and closed. To avoid this, use hold down brackets. These are fixed onto the door so you can fasten the bottom rail of the shade to prevent movement. You do, however, have to unfasten the shade to raise it up.

Alternatives

  • Shutters can be installed on both French doors and sliding doors, but are more expensive than fabric treatments. They also fold outward to open, so you need to consider the space requirements for operation.

    Adding a stained glass insert can turn an ordinary door into a work of art. Stained glass inserts are custom made and are fitted into the existing framework without removing the existing window.

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