One of the things that you can do to make your home unique is install windows in unusual shapes or custom sizes. The challenge you'll face with this is finding window treatments that will work for those non-traditional shapes. After all, you're going to want a window treatment that doesn't hide these stylish features but still allows you the privacy that you value. Here are some tips to help you deal with different types of windows.
The best way to deal with arched or small windows in your bathroom is with layered window treatments. The goal is to preserve your bathroom privacy without sacrificing the light and open feeling that the window can give you.
For example, if you have an arched window over the tub, invest in a large rod that is decorative and bold. This will provide a nice anchor for a sheer curtain. The sheer fabric will allow light to filter in without leaving you feeling completely exposed.
Place a second rod of a similar style directly above the first one, then hang a traditional fabric curtain on that rod. Gather the curtains on either side with a tie or anchor. This provides you with the ability to close the thicker curtains when you want more privacy in the bathroom while still having the freedom to gather the fabric back and allow light in through the sheer material.
If your home features high ceilings and stacked, tall windows, you have the advantage of enjoying a lot of light in your rooms. This can reduce your need for artificial lighting and it may even make your room feel more open and spacious. If you want to add window treatments without sacrificing those benefits, you'll want to choose carefully. After all, multiple sets of curtains can break up that spacious feeling, while long curtains make it hard for you to uncover the lower windows while leaving the upper ones covered.
To make the most of these windows, you'll want to use a double-tier window treatment. These curtain systems let you cover your windows for privacy without sacrificing the open feeling and added light of your tall windows. Look for some unique curtain rods that will fit the width of the window and complement your room's style. You'll want short rods that you can mount over each of your windows – upper and lower.
Then, hang a long, narrow curtain on each of those rods. Use taffeta or a similar material for the best finish with this type of window. Your goal is to have a curtain that hangs from the upper rod and reaches just below the rod on the lower window. Then, you can hang a similar curtain on the lower window, but choose one that's shorter so that it doesn't touch the floor. This way, you can open the upper curtain for light and leave the lower curtain closed for privacy, or open both for even more light during the day.
If your front door's design includes narrow sidelight windows on either side, you're going to want to consider how to add window treatments without blocking the light that's filtering in. Remember that the sidelight windows are one of the first things that guests will see in your house, so take it as an opportunity to let your personality shine through.
Choose an unusual fabric or something unique for these windows. Sheer fabrics and satins are nice for entry windows. Place small rods over each window, then hang the fabric in the center. Tie each curtain in the middle so that you have some window visibility on either side. This creates a tapered presentation and allows light to filter in on either side. Then, you can add privacy in the evenings by taking the ribbon tie off the curtains and spreading them out.