Single Window Treatment Ideas
Here's how to give a lone window its due with smart window treatments.
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This detailed valance is trimmed in plaid with an overlay of silk tassels that echo the fabric's red, ivory, and green hues. Because the windows in this kitchen are high, an elegant treatment remains safe from water splashes at the sink.
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The first thing to consider in dressing a single window is size: Give the window a look that makes it feel proportional to the room. This single sheer panel fits the window perfectly and can be drawn back to let in light and air.
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Arched with Elegance
The best thing about a narrow window is that dressing it in fabric can be less expensive. But don't skimp on style. An attractive arch, modified shirring, and a border treatment of tiny pleats gives this valance a look that is as important as a set of full-scale draperies.
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Banded in Red
In this room, the single window on the right mimics the look of the larger windows to the left. Plain white fabric panels were splashed with bands of red, instantly coordinating them into the color scheme of the room.
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When should you use a cornice treatment? Whenever you'd like to conceal utilitarian window hardware or the awkward spacing of a window frame. In this room the cornices unite the windows with identical looks.
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Simple linen or cotton panels can be hung from narrow boards. Make them with Roman shade tapes, or simply roll them up from the bottom (around a narrow dowel if needed) and secure the rolls with fabric or ribbon ties.
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An Eye Toward Scale
When you find coordinating fabric collections it's lots of fun to find ways to use the various styles. The mini-checked cotton covers a fabric shade (from a kit), while the larger-scaled plaid sheer was turned into a unique and oh-so-simple valance.
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Pair the Treatments
Add flexibility to a window by pairing two treatments. Inexpensive bamboo blinds are matched here with colorful floral fabric panels hung from vintage doorknobs.
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Create Elegance with Length
A single window can be dressed to the nines with elegance. After all, the fabric needed may be minimal compared to the cost of dressing a wall of windows. Choose something to make an elegant statement. Silk panels, goblet pleats, and edge banding accomplish the look here.
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For a window set above a deep cabinet, full curtains in a bold print will make the window more noticeable. Just be sure the curtains are the right length; they should not touch the top of the cabinet -- but look like they do.
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Extend the Edges
If a single window looks too small for the room, or you just want to give it added importance, specify draperies that are wider than the window frame. To extend the illusion even further, add sheers under drapes.
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In rooms where privacy is an issue, be sure to choose a window treatment -- or treatments -- that deliver. In this bathroom, where a single window needs to bring in sunlight and protect privacy, two treatments (a soft shade and solid shutters) team up.
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Don't Overdo It
Some single windows truly provide a much-needed view to the world beyond. That's when you should resist the urge to do more than simply enhance the view with a treatment. This kitchen window features a tailored Roman shade banded in a pattern that's repeated on the bar stool seats.
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Budget Custom Look
Customize an off-the-shelf window blind with your own coordinating fabric or ribbon ties. These work best with stationary treatments that do not need to be raised and lowered on a daily basis.
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Singles in Multiple
Think about all of a room's windows when choosing a treatment. When single windows are the same size throughout the room, using the same treatment creates continuity. Or consider sharing an element (the same shades or valances) to tie together windows on separate walls.
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Plates can create a lot of color and interest around a window. These blue-and-white plates act like a window valance in a room that needs no other window treatment.
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