Design Dilemma……….Tall and short windows, how to dress them

Design Dilemmas


Hello loves!  Welcome to another Design Dilemma.  This week we are focusing on drapery and how to dress awkward windows.  A reader writes:


We’ve lived in our house for 8 years and we still have the original drapes as I don’t know what to do with the windows.  As you can see by the attached pictures the wall is full of them.  The large one is in the livingroom portion of the room and the shorter ones are in the dining room.  The drapes in the living room cover about 1/2 of each end window.  I’d like to expose the entire window and bring in more light.  I don’t know that the windows are deep enough to do blinds as the windows open on the bottom of the window.
The windows in the dining room are shorter.  I can’t use any kind of long drapes as the door to the back yard is so close that the fabric would get caught in the door.
My question is, do I do two different types of window coverings or do I attempt to match them like they currently are.  Also, what style of window coverings do I use? I’m paralyzed in my thoughts and that is why I have just kept the originals.
Any help you can share would be appreciated! Thanks

Rhonda K


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I think you can either treat all the windows with the same type of treatment or choose two different types of treatments, but tie them together by keeping the fabrics the same.


Option 1:

A roman shade style treatment on all the windows.

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Option 2:

Treat the living room windows with long drapery (hang them 5-10″ beyond the edge of your windows to bring in more light).  Use a roman shade in the same fabric for the dining room area.

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Another option would be to do a print fabric in the living room panels and pull colors from that fabric to do a roman shade in the dining room.

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All photo sources via DecorPad

For a great on-line source for custom window treatments I recommend Smith & Noble.  They have a fantastic selection of fabrics and offer free window measurements.

Thank you Rhonda for sending us your Design Dilemma. I hope these photos give you some great inspiration and ideas for your space.



3 thoughts on “Design Dilemma……….Tall and short windows, how to dress them”

  1. Donna says:

    Love the drapery in the living room and Roman shade in the dining room. Looks like a shorter window dressing would work there better. I liked the print drapery with blind in similar neutral with trim. Less busy. All blinds is nice too. Great ideas!

  2. Rhonda K says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome ideas. I had thought about blinds before but really wasn’t sure but I love the idea of drapes in the living room and blinds in the diningroom. Think I can find blinds that wide? Take care.

    1. Amanda Eck says:

      I think for custom blinds they should be able to do any size- or they may break it up into two side by side. Smith & Noble by far have the most options for custom blinds- but I would also check around locally- you may find a company in your area with better pricing.

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