Good Questions: Window Gate Decor?

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“Hello AT,

I’m trying to come up with a creative solution to treat my fire escape window gate. mine is the accordian sliding type. prison gray. dutifully ugly. any ideas?? i’m ready for a prison break out!


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Dear Nanette, we try to remove these grates whenever possible as they are not only ugly, they feel like an imposition on our domestic life. Security is important, however, so if you can’t remove, carefully store and replace with a lock or an alarm, we recommend at least a new coat of semi-gloss off white paint to take the edge off of the visual weight. Also, adding curtains that drape at the side of your window will help soften the whole thing. While we haven’t done it, we would also try taking advantage of the gate and weave small holiday lights around it to bring light into the darkening situation. Anyone else?