Styles of Curtains for Narrow Living Room Widows

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Styles of Curtains for Narrow Living Room Widows
Use long curtains for narrow windows. (Stage Curtains image by Darragh Tobin from

Many different styles of curtains or window treatments go on long narrow windows. These can come in a variety of fabrics, and you can use more than one treatment on a window. Before choosing a style, determine how much light you want in the room, whether you want the windows as a focal point or not and whether you want the treatment to provide some insulation for the room. Budget for window treatments as they are sometimes expensive, depending on the material. Of course, the more expensive window treatments are of a better quality and, because of this, the fabric tends to hang more elegantly.

Long Curtains

Use ceiling-to-floor curtains made of lace, nylon, silk or other long, sheer fabric. Choose fabrics that go with your room and your furnishing style. Use lustrous silk for a more formal look or country casual fabrics when your room is decorated in the country style. Long curtains bring focus to long narrow windows. In formal rooms use curtains that just reach the floor. If the room is wide, curtains should pull back over a wide section of wall. Bedrooms or romantic rooms need longer curtains that pool slightly on the floor. Keep curtains open and against the wall to make tall narrow windows a focal point of the room. Use neutral colours in small rooms, as big patterned or brightly coloured curtains make a room appear smaller.

Sheers on Rods

Curtain sheers on rods work with long windows near doors. This curtain is gathered at the top and bottom of the window. The rods are placed in the window frame or at the top and bottom edge of the window. Curtain fabric is sheer but can have a print. They come in neutral or bright colours; however, in a sophisticated room use neutral colours.

Top Curtain Treatments

Swags and valances make windows seem larger. Each is used alone or combined with other types of window treatments, like blinds or curtains. Top treatments come in many different styles and fabrics. They drape over the top of the window and hang down in soft folds on the sides of the window. They can stand alone, or on top of blinds or other curtains.

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