by Karen Bates
(last updated March 3, 2014)
The windows in your home are a very important part to the overall look and feel of a room. Depending on the style, shape, and size of your windows, they can create a certain atmosphere in each area of your home.
There are many styles of windows, each one with its own unique appearance. Windows can help accentuate a specific decorating style, such as modern or rustic. But the way you decorate the windows, and not just the windows themselves, has a huge impact on your home's look.
You have an array of choices when it comes to window treatments, but not all treatments will work for all windows. Each window has its own unique shape and covering needs. You will need to take careful measurements and decide what overall look you are going for before starting to decorate with window treatments.
One beautiful and distinctive type of window is the French window. French windows are actually doors with glass, and are able to open and close. These doors will partially or mostly consist of glass, so you can look through them like a regular window but open them like a door.
French windows present a challenge to those who want to add a window treatment. Their unique shape and function makes it more difficult to cover these windows than other kinds, and you might not be certain where to start.
Although you probably won't be able to use just any covering for French windows, there are still options. Whatever style you prefer, you will be able to find just the right kind of window treatment for your French windows.
While French windows can also work as a door, you want to take advantage of both functions. You will want to use treatments that aren't fussy and won't get in the way when you want to open the door. Because of this, certain kinds of blinds or shades can work well on French windows. Choose ones made of light material that can be fastened to the door securely at the top and bottom. This will add privacy and light control, but will also allow you easy access to the door.
Another great window treatment for French doors is curtains or panels. There are curtains designed specifically for French doors that will stay put and give privacy. These come in traditional and hourglass styles, and come in many colors, fabrics, and designs.
French doors can be a beautiful feature in your home. Be sure to correctly cover them with the right window treatment.
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