Coverings for very high basement windows

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Over the last few months we've been redecorating our basement to reflect a Tuscan feel. The elements are all starting to come together except for window coverings. The windows are not very big and their clear up at the ceiling. We need them to be covered because the windows are on the front of the house. Please help with suggestions!
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  • Jean Jean on Feb 07, 2015
    I had the same situation. I bought full length off white linen look curtains and installed them on the rod. Be sure they touch the floor. Looks like a full-sized window when closed!
  • Lee Schafer Lee Schafer on Feb 07, 2015
    How about a roman shade that has the pretty folds but covers completely?
  • JJ JJ on Feb 07, 2015
    If you want more natural light and privacy at the same time, there are cling-on window coverings avail in all kinds of patterns now.
  • Mary Mary on Feb 07, 2015
    I would try to stain glass them so light can still come in. good luck!
  • Anne Skewes Anne Skewes on Feb 07, 2015
    Take a look at Candace Olson's page on "Basements". She has clever solutions for that type of window!
  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Feb 07, 2015
    When I think Tuscan, colored glass, wrought iron. and Chicken wire come to mind. If you need privacy, paint the windows with the frosted glass paint and lean a tall wrought iron piece up against the wall. A chicken wire "cage" or panel made with rough cedar 1" x3" would "Tuscan" things up. You might even find a chicken for the cage. I'd probably hang some stained glass pieces in the window.
  • Ellen Gundersen Monahan Ellen Gundersen Monahan on Feb 07, 2015
    also try shutters..keep the top half open and the bottom closed..it gives the illusion of a full window...you might aslo want to hit up a craft store and get small paints..you can paint small brick opening near the window or near a door frame as if the stucco fell off the wall showing the brick underneath..or course it's a faux finish!
  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Feb 07, 2015
    Place a rustic door against the wall under the window. Trim the door and window out to look like a door with a transom window.
    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Feb 08, 2015
      @Lindcurt Really like this idea!!! Then one of those films can be applied to the window that allows you to see out and nobody to see it. That way they get light into the basement.
  • Marinda Boydstun Marinda Boydstun on Feb 08, 2015
    Are the windows on the same wall? If so, do a book/display case that includes the windows, then curtains to cover the whole, hide clutter and windows both, and give the illusion of bigger windows. Or, at least enough bookcase to frame each window, and perhaps have a window seat underneath.
  • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on Feb 16, 2015
    There are also kits you can buy to make your own "stained glass effect" using paints and etching components. I used it on a steel door window to avoid hanging anything on the door. For a Tuscan look, I would add colors of your choosing. Or easier would be the suggestion about cling material to put over windows. That way nothing is permanent and can be changed when your whim for another style comes into play.
  • Kristin Crankshaw Kristin Crankshaw on Feb 19, 2015
    We have the same issue. We're thinking of building an extened frame around the window and attaching shutters.
  • Stephanie Stephanie on Oct 17, 2016
    You could buy a window tint kit (like for a car) so you can still see out but neighbors can't see in. Then pick up a couple of those rubber door mats at Home Depot or TJMaxx, spray paint them to give an aged iron affect and then glue them up on the window. This would fit nicely with your Tuscan theme, they would look like the gates you see in Tuscany. Cheap & easy with a high feature look. Nobody will know they're rubber door mats.
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