Corner windows present an opportunity for creativity, and can provide a backdrop for a unique space in the room. Just about any treatment can be fabricated to fit a corner space. For a dramatic look, try hanging panels tied back to the corner. Add a reading chair and small table and voilá — your own private nook!
Quarter-rounds, arches and angled windows add architectural detail but can be a challenge for privacy or light control. Luckily, many blinds, shades and shutters can be fabricated in special shapes, and motorized for hard-to-reach windows. If you just want to add a window treatment for aesthetics, then a style that honors the shape of the window is best. For example, treat arches with a curved treatment like a swag or shaped cornice.
Don't forget to dress your doors! French doors have become a common addition to many homes today, and are frequently neglected when it comes to window treatments. A simple top treatment such as a valance or shade works nicely, mounted on the door. Sliders can be treated with top treatments, traversing panels or updated vertical sheer blinds.
Bays, Bows and Picture Windows:
The "wall of windows" is a beautiful feature, especially when it frames a spectacular view. However, these styles can pose design challenges for homeowners, so they often remain bare and untreated. Stationary panels are a great way to frame the window and create a focal point of the view beyond. A top treatment, like the shaped box pleat shown right, is another option that can be customized to fit angles and bays. Here the curve of the hem line honors the top transoms without blocking the natural light.
Don't let "not so simple" windows intimidate you. Using these ideas as a starting point can launch you on your way to completing your rooms with fabulous window treatments.