Windows Interior / October 2, 2018 / Alexis Dent.
Small door windows also let in much-appreciated light, but also are a privacy issue, creating a need for some window treatment. Even in the area, the window does not create a privacy issue, and some therapy can be helpful to add to the decor for a warm, inviting feel.
Valances work well for many types of door windows. The kind of hanging unit you choose will depend on the door and size of the window. Kirsch rods may work but look into other options as well. If the window set in far enough, spring rods can be fun. These are located inside the window frame, allowing you to create a treatment that sits inside the window. For a clean, tight look, use a spring rod on the top also bottom of the window and sew a procedure that fits the size of the window. This type of window treatment works well for a contemporary style. It also works well on diagonal-shaped windows, as the spring rods hold the procedure in place.
Another fun use for spring rods is to use them as a frame for weaving some window treatment. Because more of the rod will show with this option, choose one that blends well with the door. Then, experiment using fabrics, ribbons, or other materials to weave over the window. Also gives you an opportunity to allow more light through while still creating some privacy.
A traditional valance method can work on a door window as well, using any fabric that matches your decor. Again, because the window is much smaller, use the opportunity to explore different materials, textures, and shapes. A simple sewing pattern can be altered to add fringe, an uneven hem, or even shapes such as diagonals. Use the layered approach to hang alternating diagonals in different colors to add contrast and lines to the treatment.
For round windows, consider using a half-arch window treatment to cover the bottom half about the window. Find a short curtain or drapery rod that is slightly longer than the diameter of the window. The therapy can hang square, be cut to the curve of the window, or again, utilize other options such as hanging beads, strips of material or ribbon, or anything else that looks interesting!
Also, consider looking into small-sized scarf tiebacks to place around the window, from which you can wrap fabric or ribbon across the window to create a sunburst pattern. A fun way to add design while still allowing plenty of light to shine through.
For those who don’t like to sew, or want to avoid the hassle of installing rods for window curtains, consider some of the many “stick on” options now available for glass. These can found in many craft or home stores, and just as they sound, they stick directly onto the glass, mimicking a stained glass window. They are affordable, attractive, and create privacy while managing the natural light.