I need your creative help!

Just moved and I love the idea of having the extra light from this window. But I can't seem to come up with something to spice up how boring it is. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
q suggestions for window treatment for small window, window treatments, windows
  37 answers
  • Holly Prim Holly Prim on Jun 16, 2015
    I would take down the window treatment and add new window trim. Keep us posted on what you decide.

  • Shari Shari on Jun 16, 2015
    It would appear this window is up at second floor level with a room or entryway below so typical drapery panels or curtains seem inappropriate and awkward. Holly's suggestion of removing the curtain and adding attractive window trim is a good one but I would go one step further and add decorative window film to the glass. It would add color, pattern and visual interest but also still allow light to filter through. Here's one from Home Depot that I think is very pretty but there are lots of other designs to chose from. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Artscape-24-in-x-36-in-Trellis-Decorative-Window-Film-01-0149/205600913 If you don't want color, there are many frosted and etched-look designs too. I did an internet image search and found many examples of window film that should give you a good visual idea of what others have done. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=stained+glass+window+film&FORM=HDRSC2

    • Malonni Judah Malonni Judah on Jun 16, 2015
      I really like the idea of the window film. As soon as we choose a color for the walls, I'll look at films. I was worried it would be too plain without the window covering but I think that's a great fix. Thanks! I'll post when finished.

  • Car1824845 Car1824845 on Jun 16, 2015
    That is gorgeous and gives me an idea of what to do with the old windows i have been saving.

  • K K on Jun 17, 2015
    I have seen a window (basement window actually) done to look like a regular size double hung window. Totally faux look below it. Framed around the whole area the same size as a double hung attached to wall then put the little inside window folding shutters to look like the bottom window was covered, then put regular size curtains over whole thing. When we were looking at it I didn't know and went over to open it to see out the bottom. It was all attached and had a good laugh. It was impossible to know it wasn't a double hung regular windo.

  • Debbie Debbie on Jun 17, 2015
    I would take down the curtains and put up another curtain rod closer to the ceiling. Then take the curtain rod spread out much farther than windows and hang curtains to the floor while not covering the window just the sides of window, to make window look much bigger. Could be the attraction of the whole room if you pic colorful curtains on that white wall.

  • Susen Gail Susen Gail on Jun 17, 2015
    Suggestion: Hang a Roman shade at the ceiling line--in this way, you can raise it enough to reveal the whole window. When the shade is down, it will look like a long window. Do the same treatment with curtains that Debbie suggested above.

  • M Tataronis M Tataronis on Jun 17, 2015
    I would add a window ledge (like a shelf). Make it larger than the window and lower. You could put decorative mirrors on each side to make the window appear larger. I would skip a window treatment all together if possible. But the window film is a great idea for privacy. You could then decorate the window ledge to make the area feel more inviting and tie it into the rest of the house. Good luck!

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 17, 2015
    I had a room with a window like this, wanted a decorative covering but also wanted to keep the light; I found a paper venetian blind that attached by adhesive pads...it worked great! Privacy, light, and inexpensive if I didn't like the look! There are also lacey look window film that just stick right to the window. Also non-permanent if you don't like the look.

  • Shirley Russel Shirley Russel on Jun 17, 2015
    I would take down the light and hang a pretty chandelier that you could see throuh the window and not have a curtain if possible. you could also put ornamental shutters on each side or pretty wrought iron metal on each side

  • Debra Anderson Debra Anderson on Jun 17, 2015
    I agree with Bonnie's suggestion; google "window film" - - here's a display on Amazon, so you can get an ide a of how they can look: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awindow+film+stained+glass&page=2&keywords=window+film+stained+glass&ie=UTF8&qid=1434559793&spIA=B00UZE9R9G,B00CXYRXLK These window treatments are non-permanent, so you can take them down if you don't like it. So.e are designed to let in light while also looking attractive. Another idea would be stencils around the window to take away from the stark "squareness" of it. Another idea would be decorating the window with fabric that drapes around the window to soften the squareness. Here's an example:http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Classics-INF-SCR-216--Infinity-216-Inch/dp/B007ZKN8B6/ref=sr_1_23?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1434560435&sr=1-23&keywords=sheer+scarf+valance+blue&pebp=1434560483647&perid=06MC82AMPDNVK2WE019R

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jun 17, 2015
    The railing and bit of a doorway underneath lead me to believe that this window is on the upper portion of a vaulted 2 story wall? If so, do you really need to cover the window? If not, put some good trim around it and don't cover it. If the sun beats in or another house's window faces it, you will want probably want something, though. I'd be tempted to hang a stained glass piece in front to capture the sun nicely, make a focal point and block the view all at once. Or buy 2-3 of colors of translucent glass paint, fake it and border with the fake "lead" from a tube - all from a hobby store and very reasonable. I did it on mirrors, but it was made for windows - and it was great. Good luck!

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Jun 17, 2015
    Frame it with Decorative Moulding and medallions ,and enlarge the sill so you can actually put items like colored glass bottles to reflect and bring in cheerful color.

  • D mac D mac on Jun 17, 2015

  • Cheryl Hartlen Cheryl Hartlen on Jun 17, 2015
    Many years ago... I had a basement window... that I wanted to give the illusion of being "a bigger window"... fooling the eye into thinking so at least! I got two sets of shutters (the old kind that hinge in the middle... so you have two 1/2's on each side... or in this case... 4... 1/2's for the upper set & 4 1/2 for the lower set. I put them all on... the top set were just a tad short for the actual size of the window... the bottom set... a tad longer... so that when they were applied... the top set were wide open and pulled back to the wall... and the bottom set closed all the way (so 4 panels were straight across flat closed.) The top were open fully to the side. For all the world... you would have thought... there was another (longer window under the lower set) because you could see light coming up from under the lower set... remember the lower set was just barely covering the lower edge of the small window! It went from being a basement window... to looking like a sunny corner of the room! My daughter... who's bedroom it was... was thrilled!

  • Suz1343480 Suz1343480 on Jun 17, 2015
    Take the curtain down & put a plastic covering over it available at Home Depot. It comes in stained glass look and many other designs

  • Cg Witherell Cg Witherell on Jun 18, 2015
    I love windows! I'm not sure what is across from your window, but I would remove the curtain/rod. Extend the sill and add a silk plant (with trailing foliage) to soften. I like the idea of mirrors, too. I'm not sure I would trim around the window, That may make it look smaller.

  • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on Jun 18, 2015
    Looks like your window is above the door and in a hard to reach spot. Am I correct? If so, take that curtain off. Let the sun come in! If you want a little privacy (not sure who would see what from that level window) I might suggest a frosted window for light or a stained glass decal if you want a little color to shine through (the "stained glass" rub on kind - so you can remove easily when you tire of that idea)

  • Denise Pangerl Knudson Denise Pangerl Knudson on Jun 18, 2015
    cover it with a stained glass piece or use stain glass paint

  • Loretta Loretta on Jun 18, 2015
    Take off the curtain. You can get stained glass plastic film at hd or dress the window with a great pair of drapes above and outside of try he window

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jun 20, 2015
    I like suzanne.crawford1960's and Loretta idea. It's called window film. It's availab;e at Home Depot and online. There are some companies that do custom designs too. Or you may want to consider a long curtain from ceiling to floor. Igt will give a feeling of height to the window and room.

    • Suz1343480 Suz1343480 on Jun 21, 2015
      It's so easy to apply and remove. And it's really pretty. I used it on my windows on each side of my fireplace in my last house . It looked like real stained glass !

  • Connie Connie on Jun 20, 2015
    You could frost the window or do a diamond sparkle design on it. A shelf with a plant would also add some interest. Or a collage of your favorite family photos.

  • Xie Xie on Jun 21, 2015
    I would definitely remove curtains and put on window film. I personally didn't like any of the designs at the stores so I went to eBay and found many to choose from. Good luck

  • Vic5721479 Vic5721479 on May 02, 2016
    The stained glass film is great, we also use aluminum mini blinds which I love. You can adjust to any light coming in.

  • Karol Karol on Jul 28, 2016
    The window is too small. If you feel crafty go to a 2nd hand place like habitat for humanity restore and find another window close to same width and hang on wall below window. Put reflective film on "window" panes to reflect light into room. Put curtains around both.

  • Karol Karol on Jul 28, 2016
    Or better yet, just paint a taller window onto the wall. Tape off the outside edges of wood and fill in the panes with reflective paint. Place a little cart or table below and curtains around the windows.

  • Darlene Ernst Darlene Ernst on Sep 18, 2016
    install a curtain rod over the bottom sill and add curtains that hang to the floor. Hang a valance over the window and you have a faux full-length window.

  • Lydia Lydia on Nov 01, 2016
    Blinds would help you get privacy with curtains all the way to the floor. Room will look larger if you do that. Been there with same problem.

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Nov 01, 2016
    Add a colorful valence. They are easy to make. I made one out of an old floral table cloth. Or you can paint that wall a different color (pic #3)

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Nov 02, 2016
    It looks like it's an upper window that your looking through from upstairs? I don't like that little curtain,just remove it. Also change out the light fixture,for something more dramatic,and a larger size to fit the space. Maybe frame the window and add a shelf flush with the bottom edge where you can display maybe some crystal or shells. Crystal would throw light around and maybe rainbows.

  • Jeannie Jeannie on Nov 26, 2016
    I vote for the stained glass look using film that ad hears to the window . The light coming in is beautiful.

  • Renata Renata on Dec 16, 2016
    Aside from replacing the window with a larger full length one. Remove that curtain, frost the window, put floating shelves on each side and underneath. I would put draping plants on the 2 side shelves

  • Princessdingling Princessdingling on Dec 22, 2016
    you can add color by using beads over your sheer curtain and keep the light to come through. here is a cool idea for a small window creating a beaded valance.

    • One8414992 One8414992 on Jan 08, 2017
      LOVE, LOVE this treatment! Tasteful, beautiful, clever, smart and fun!

  • Jane Highwater Jane Highwater on Dec 30, 2016
    I had a similar window. When I moved in, it had privacy film on it. I took the film off and realized that for the most part, the only view I had was of the underside of the roof (roof soffits). The film gave m e privacy and plenty of light. Eventually, I reinstalled film.

  • Ginny Ginny on Dec 31, 2016
    Use tension rods top and bottom and hang see-through nylon curtains that allow light in but still give privacy. It's the same as mounting curtains on French doors. Look at Country Curtains web site...they have a good selection and varied sizes.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 01, 2017
    Do you need to have a curtain because I can tell you right now that you have no privacy now although that curtain is there. I had a similar situation and at night with the light on you can see right through. So take it down and enjoy the full light.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 13, 2022

    Depending on whether you want to do much in the way of maintenance! Stained Glass Art Window, Contact for windows, Coloured Voile or Net, Trimmed down Bead curtain, Sik Plants on Glass Shelves. etc.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2022

    I would use a beaded curtain around that will attract light but not block it