Good Questions: How To Treat My Small Windows?

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Hello AT,

I live on the top floor of a land-marked building with windows on the smallish side. I have never been able to figure out what sort of window treatments might work. Any ideas?

Thanks! MR

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Dear MR,

First of all, what a lovely room! We wish we were you - really. With all that light and the warm wood beamed ceilings, you are living in style.

But the windows definitely need covering.

Shades and curtains do a number of things. First they shield the light from coming in and provide privacy. Two, they can insulate. And three, they hide the ugly frame of the window, soften the opening and allow you to add a dramatic vertical element to the room.

In your case drapes would dramatically improve your space for all these reasons.

We'd go with white curtains (solid or sheer) that run from the top of the windows to the floor. Don't worry about your radiators. You many never pull them and if you do, it's still fine. The main thing is that you create this great tall GESTURE which will liven up your home.

Pottery Barn does really well in this category (as does IKEA).

Our personal faves lately are PB's Linen Sheer Drape which dapples the light and adds a lovely complex texture to the side of any room.

Anyone else?

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