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In a generous bay with casement windows, tailored brushed cotton balloon shades combine with raw silk decorative drapery panels, hanging as soft columns of color between the bays. The effect is subtler than an all-silk treatment but equally chic.
For a neat and unusual finish, both the shades and the drapery panels are attached to the drapery rods with rings. The drapery provides a sophisticated backdrop for the room's other decorating attributes, including the beaded flower-motif light fixture and the stenciled limestone-tile floor.
Practical as well as handsome, shutters are often used in baths because of their low maintenance and durability. Operable, louvered shutters let bathers regulate the light that enters the room, closing things off when needed. In an airy master bath, painted shutters match the fresh white trim for a pleasing unified effect.
Decorative window molding contributes to the furnished look in the traditional setting. In rooms with odd-sized windows, shutters may need to be custom-ordered to fit window sizes.
Fixed balloon shades introduce color and pattern into settings where softness is needed. In a bath where privacy isn't a concern, the shades are mounted over the window trim to allow the leaded casement windows to easily open and close.
A handkerchief point distinguishes these decorative window shades. The relaxed treatment, without a header or tight shirring, works well for a cottage ambience-and the cotton fabric holds up well in humid bath conditions.
In this corridor-style bathroom, Roman shades fit inside the window frame and can be lowered for privacy. Because they're lined and interlined, they also insulate against the cold a little when closed. Heavy canvas shower curtains double as a room divider to close off the bath area for privacy.
Muted light shines through shoji screens and creates the perfect backdrop for a long soak. The adjustable screens suit an Asian aesthetic but also work well in a contemporary bathroom.
Roman shades, fabricated from sheer embroidered linen voile, are part boudoir, part garden room, and part spa in this master bath. Their simple construction and demure floral motif are a beautiful balance to the intricate moldings on the bay window and ornate tilework in the bath.
The most popular way of dressing an arched window is to hang curtains halfway up, leaving the arch exposed. In this bath, with its expansive rural views, ordinary café curtains on iron rings hang from an iron rod that matches the iron window frame.
When seclusion is not a concern, window treatments can be as simple as you like. This window scarf, draped over large drapery tiebacks, does nothing to block the window but adds a touch of grace and softness in a room dominated by hard surfaces.
In this attic bath, a square tub with a shower fits under the dormer window. Louvred shutters on the lower half of the window provide privacy for bathers but don't restrict light. When privacy is needed for the shower, a light-blocking curtain can be drawn across the window.
For a spot like this in which the window treatment will be exposed to water, choose one an all-weather fabric designed for outdoor use. Water-resistant and treated with a mildewcide, they're designed to withstand rain outdoors and will keep their good looks in the shower too.
A second-story bath may need no window treatment at all. In that case, consider installing a stained-glass window. Here, the light flows from the early-20th-century stained glass through the toilet compartment into the rest of the bath, thanks to a wall with a salvaged window on the dividing wall.
To give a glass block window a more traditional look, cover it with custom-ordered prehung shutters that can be mounted over the window opening. The shutters can be closed or let light in and mask the undesirable architectural feature.
Scottish lace gathered on curtain rods filter light and views through the arched windows and French doors in this elegant master bath. Instead of trying to match the arch of the door, the sheers are installed about 10 inches down on the door frame. A matching rod holds the sheers in place at the bottom of the door.
Framing this narrow window with a lavish swath of sheer drapery gives the space powerful elegance. Behind the sheers are Venetian blinds that can be lowered for privacy.
To play up its design aspects, the window treatment pairs shades and shutters. Shutters mounted inside the window frame can be closed at will, while a loose balloon shade that matches the shower curtain embellishes the window.
In this tub alcove, the three windows are treated as one unit. A pleated, striped silk valance stretches from wall to wall, topping a grass-cloth shade that spans the width of the alcove. The white shade blends with the architecture and can be lowered to provide privacy.
For a unique bathroom window treatment, look for architectural salvage that can be repurposed to serve as shutters. These antique paneled doors have been mounted on a sliding track so they can be pulled together to cover the window.
Relaxed Roman shades pull up in soft folds to admit light and views. On narrow windows, the shades drape in a single swag, wheras wider windows would have two or more swags. Crystal bead trim accents the lower edge for a romantic flourish.
Lining protects the silk fabric from the deteriorating effects of the sun but doesn't block light entirely, so the shades filter light gently.
Operable woven blinds fit snugly into this gently arched window for a custom look. With a show-stopping granite tub as the bathroom's focal point, the window treatment adds complementary natural texture but doesn't compete for attention.
The soft, weighty folds of this overscale London shade provide a beautiful counterpoint to striking diamond-pane windows. The window treatment enhances the romantic vintage style of the pedestal tub, marble mosaic floor, and tiled walls.
Mounted just below the ceiling, the shade is flat across the top with inverted pleats that gather into gentle folds with a tail or wing at each side.
Lining is essential for protecting the fabric from the sun, and interlining can give the treatment body as well as improve the treatment's insulating ability.
In this new master bath, a bay of windows frames the stand-alone tub and defines three sides of the room's octagonal shape. To emphasize the space as a comfortable, furnished room, pinstripe panels fall in graceful columns from ceiling to floor. Pinch pleats attached to large white curtain rings give the draperies a tailored, informal look.
Venetian blinds provide privacy but can be pulled all the way up to let in the maximum amount of light.