Using Curtains, Drapes, And Valances To Change The Shape Of Your Windows

The shape of your windows can have a dramatic effect on whether a room feels well-proportioned or not. Unfortunately, if you have windows that don't fit well with your rooms, it's not so easy to change them.

Choosing the right window treatment, however, is a much cheaper and easier way to change the effect your windows have. Whether it's making windows seem bigger, smaller, shorter, or taller, the imaginative use of drapes, curtains, and valances is a great way to change up the interior of your home.

Changing Window Shape

There are a number of reasons why you might be unhappy with the shape of your windows. Windows with oddly-shaped tops, such as decorative arching, may seem too ornate for some home décor schemes; if this is the case, the top of the window can be squared off with a rectangular valance box.

Small but irregularly-shaped windows that you dislike can be obscured by covering them completely with a window treatment such as a hanging curtain. On the other hand, you can embrace the irregular shape and choose to install custom blinds that showcase a unique window rather than covering it up.

Making Windows Taller or Shorter

If you're worried about a window looking too short, mount a valance higher than the top of the window and allow it to extend down past the arch, and you'll end up with a window that looks taller than it is. Alternatively, mount a curtain rod higher than the top of the window frame, and the longer drapes or curtains will give you a taller window.

Shortening windows is done in a similar way; mount your curtain rod very close to the top of the window or even below the top of the window frame. A large valance can do the same thing, but you will sacrifice some of the window's view if you block it this way instead of using curtains that can be opened. Generally speaking, it's easier to make a window taller than shorter.

Making Windows Wider or Narrower

Valances are not effective for changing the width of a window; for this, you should rely on curtain rods. Curtain rods that are wider than a window will allow you to hang curtains that extend past the window on both sides, which makes for a wider-looking window as well as an attractive frame to the window when the curtains are drawn open. You can create quite large differences in actual and perceived width this way.

Narrowing a window, on the other hand, is difficult. You can hang your curtains to only barely reach the edge of the frame on each side, but it's better to play with the window's height if you can. If you make it look taller, you will make it look proportionally narrower, and adding height is much easier to do.

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