Window covering ideas for a door

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Window covering ideas for a door
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While many people leave windows and portals uncovered on doors, partially or fully covering them can improve your home insulation, afford you more privacy and add a pop of colour or texture to your door. Choose a window treatment that still allows some natural light to stream through or adjusts to allow more light to shine inside when you want it. Window treatments on south-facing walls will fade more quickly, so keep your materials affordable.

Stiffened Doilies

Rather than cover the entire window, consider a feature that provides partial coverage while adding a decorative element to your door window. A cheap and easy DIY project such as stiffened doilies fits the bill. Begin with an assortment of thick, textile doilies rather than paper doilies. Lay them flat on a smooth surface. Apply a thin coat of fabric stiffener on the textile doilies, using a foam brush. Be careful to not wrinkle or fold the doilies during the process. Once you have thoroughly moistened both sides, let the doilies dry. Press them with an iron on a gentle setting before hanging them from monofilament or translucent fishing line across your door window.

Window Decals

Stylish window decals run the gamut from abstract designs to ethnic motifs, simple frosted patterns to ornate simulated stained glass. You can select window decals that cover the surface of the window or that frame it. Other patterns may cover just a portion of the window. Most contemporary styles cling to the interior surface of the window. Clean your windows with white distilled vinegar and water, wiping with newspaper for a streak-free finish. Wet the window interior with water and apply the decal to your window. Wipe the decal with a squeegee to remove bubbles and wrinkles. If your decal has no adhesives, you can remove it by peeling away from a corner. If you use adhesive-based polyester film, you will need a chemical solution and razor blades to scratch the decal off.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades function well in door windows because they provide a thin coat of insulation as well as affording you privacy. You can adjust cellular shades like standard shades, opening them to allow more light to stream inside. Cellular shades can work for small or oddly shaped windows, but you will have to get them custom cut at a home design centre. You can coordinate your door window treatment colours and materials with other window treatments in your home.

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