How to Decorate an Odd-shaped Window

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How to Decorate an Odd-shaped Window
Learn how to decorate your odd-shaped window. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Odd-shaped windows can add character and charm to a home and make it stand out it from other homes in the neighbourhood. Such a window can pose a decorating dilemma, however, since most standard draperies and blinds will not be right for it. Decorating the window will require special attention to detail. Whether you decide to restructure the window to conform to a typical window size, accentuate its differences, or apply window film to it, you can make that awkward window into one of the best highlights of your home.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cornice box
  • Curtain rod
  • Window film
  • Craft knife
  • Hardware

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    Paint the window frame. Use a bold colour that will make the window stand out. This will make the window a focal feature that you proudly accentuate. The paint alone can serve as the entire window decoration if you wish.

  2. 2

    Consider mounting a cornice over the top of the window. This treatment makes your half-circle or oval window conform to a standard rectangular shape. Add a curtain rod under the cornice boards and hang the drapes of your choice.

  3. 3

    Apply decorative window film to the window. This will divert attention from the odd shape of the window to the design on the window film. Many films are available to suit your decorating style, including stained glass designs, broken glass designs, floral prints and frosted prints. Use a craft knife to carefully cut around the edges of the film.

  4. 4

    Hang curtains over the window. Use light-coloured drapes to allow more light to enter the room. Hang them several inches above the awkwardly placed window and let them puddle on the floor to make the window seem longer, like a standard window.

  5. 5

    Use prominent hardware and a decorative rod. This will divert focus from the shape of the window to the hardware. Drawing the curtains back to the side of the window and using large tiebacks also makes the window appear larger and draws the eye to the window treatment and decorative accessories instead of to the window itself.

  6. 6

    Hang lambrequin curtains if you prefer to emphasise the shape of the window. Lambrequin curtains have a straight edge on the top and a curved bottom, so they work with both curved and straightedge windows. Cafe curtains may also be used to emphasise the shape of the window, as they only cover part of the window, leaving the rest of it exposed for visual interest.

  7. 7

    Cover your window with an unconventional drapery to draw attention to it. Some options include using a handkerchief, bandannas, lace, linen, place mats, a fabric garland, dish towels or tea towels.

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