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Grand Window Designs in a Small Scale Room

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
When designing window treatments, room size should not be seen as a detriment or limitation. Even if your room is small, there are still ways that you can add grand window designs. Overall scale and proper proportion are important to keep in mind when adding window treatments to a small room. Even if you have a preference for an elaborate window treatment, you can still use it in a small room as long as you scale it down properly. If you want to create grand window designs in your small room, here are some design tips that can help.

Draped and Swathed Window Treatments

Even if you adore the look of draped and swathed billowy window treatments, you might think this look won't work in your small room. Fortunately, this simply isn't the case. If you keep the overall proportion of the window treatment in mind, draped and swathed fabric can actually work quite well in a small room. However, always keep the ends of the fabric swath short enough so that they don't touch the floor. Although the "puddled" look works well in larger rooms, it can be too overpowering for smaller spaces. Puddles of fabric on the floor can also make it difficult to walk safely through a small room. However, if you really love the look of longer swathes, design your window treatments so that the fabric ends just barely brush the floor. By using a light colored fabric, you'll also find it easier to balance the look in a smaller room.

Formal Draperies

If you love the look of traditional style in the dining room or living room, it's hard to beat the drama of formal draperies. You can still use these beautiful window treatments in a small room. However, you should scale them down slightly so that they look more proportionally balanced. Formal draperies that can be pulled closed will add a lot of privacy to a room. If your draperies are made from heavier fabric, they will also add a degree of insulation from the cold during the winter. Combining heavier draperies with sheers is a great way to provide plenty of versatility.

Beautiful Shades and Curtains

Curtains are frequently a popular choice when selecting window treatments. Even if you are decorating a small room, you shouldn't scrimp on style or design. If you want to add a lot of light control and versatility to the room, combine roller shades or blinds with curtains. You'll be able to open the blinds when you want more light and close them when you need more privacy. Light colored curtains can help a small room seem larger. Curtains that just barely touch the floor are usually the best choice when designing full-length curtains. Although you might love the look of longer curtains designed to form "puddles" of fabric on the floor, this look tends to overpower a smaller room. Roman shades are another great option for smaller spaces, adding plenty of style while still maintaining a proportional look.
Professional designer Jilda Peterson, writes for, and specializes in decorating with candle sconces and French wall decor.

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