25 Interior Design Experts Share Their Top Secrets for Decorating a Large Window


If you’re currently in the process of redecorating your home, you probably already know that your project would not be complete without the ideal window treatment to compliment your furnishings and overall style of your interior. You need to find a solution that achieves that perfect middle ground between light control and privacy, while also considering the right patterns, colours, and textures.

Because we know how challenging this process can be, we’ve decided to ask 25 interior stylists what their number one tip for dressing a large window is. Here are their responses:

Anthony Baratta


Anthony Baratta, award-winning interior designer, named by Traditional Home one of the “20 Design Icons” – you can follow him on Facebook or on Instagram at @tonybaratta

“Without question the most important element of dressing an oversized window is to pay attention to scale. The scale of the fabric, patterns, window shape and size determine how I approach the treatments. My designs are bold, with fearless use of color, but most of all I like a happy room! And that means plenty of natural light. So if it’s a splashy floral, tailored plaid, or even something as simple and exquisite as dotted Swiss, I make sure to allow plenty of view to shine through and pay homage to the window shape, but not overwhelm it.”

Yvonne Blacker


Yvonne Blacker, Creative Director of interiors at Yvonne Blacker – you can follow her on Twitter at @yblacker

“When selecting treatments for a large window, my number one tip is to think in layers. There is the sun control layer, the air flow layer, the temperature control layer, the privacy layer, and the decorative layer. Almost every window will need at least one of these layers addressed in order to create a comfortable environment inside the home. When all of these layers are designed with intention, the end result can be both functional and beautiful.”


Jonathan Legate


Jonathan Legate, interior designer at Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation – you can follow him on Instagram at @jonathanlegate

“If the view is great and privacy isn’t an issue, keep it simple and “frame” the window decoratively. Practically for sun protection and privacy when needed a low profile blind that has minimum stacking will go up and basically disappear, keeping your focus on the view. If your view is terrible and privacy is your issue, make the coverings the feature.”



Anna-Grace Davidson

Anna-Grace Davidson, interior designer and founder of Anna Casa – you can follow her on Twitter at @annacasa

“My number one tip for dressing a large window is to let as much light as possible into the room, do not cover the window and darken the room. In terms of decoration, it is really up to the client’s preference, however my choice would be to use luxurious curtains or sheers that fall on the door.”




Jeffrey Johnson


Jeffrey Johnson, Dalas-based interior designer at Jeffrey Design LLC – you can follow him on Twitter at @Jeffreydesigner

“I am all about timeless design when styling a large window. The design element is to create a personality of heights. It is important for any given spaces to fill the room up as tall, open, and intimate. Styling a large window should give you the feel and want to touch the fabulous drapery fabric. Home speaks huge volume of your personality and lifestyle and let others see your true authentic self and home.

Denise Mc Gaha

Denise McGaha, Dallas-based interior designer at Denise McGaha Interiors – you can follow her on Twitter at @DeniseMcGaha“I like to use layers when dressing a large window.  Often it’s linen sheers as a base, then a bold color or pattern for the decorative panels to frame the window.”



Grant Pierrus

Grant Pierrus – London-based interior designer and blogger at Interior Style Hunter – you can follow him on Twitter at @interiorshunter

“Large windows are generally a major feature of a space, so I would try to keep the window free of any treatment to allow it to form seamlessly part of the space. However, if you needed it to be covered, in the case of a bedroom, I’d use a simple linen roman blind the same colour as the wall so the focus is still on the large window.”

Tony Sabatino

toni-sabatinoToni Sabatino, NY-based interior designer at Toni Sabatino Style – you can follow her on Twitter at @ToniSabStyle

“Don’t compete with the view. Large window treatments can be tricky. I first look at the exposure and view to consider whether the treatment needs to function for darkening purposes and/or privacy. Then I consider the shape and context to the wall and dream up a unifying scheme. Next and most important is engaging a great custom treatment shop to bring my vision to fruition. Large windows can have heavy treatments and a flawless installation is very important to me.”



2 Lovely Gays


2 Lovely Gays, interior designers and bloggers at 2 Lovely Gays – you can follow them on Twitter at @2lovelygays

“For large windows, go large! We love to work with natural fabrics like linen and silk. For a nonchalant, but ever so chic look, go for a relaxed Roman blind un an unlined linen. The shadows they create when closed are very beautiful. Then dress the window each side with floor length curtains of the same fabric. Again unlined. This layered look is both formal and relaxed at the same time and it’s something we do a lot!”



Natalia Alexandrou

Natalia Alexandrou, interior design blogger at British Style UK – you can follow her on Twitter at @BritishStyleUK

“Consider what you’d like to achieve from your window coverings before choosing anything. If you’re looking for privacy – blinds or shutters that only cover the bottom half of your large window is a great option. You’ll still get plenty of light from the top half, but no one would be able to look through. “



Diana Celella


Diana Celella, International award-winning interior designer, Director of The Drawing Room Interiors – you can follow her on Twitter at @Dianacelella

“Make sure you calculate your amount of widths carefully. Too much fabric will block out the light, too little will look skimpy. Large drop curtains drape better with interlining.”



Yasmin Chopin

yasmin-chopinYasmin Chopin, award-winning interior designer and speaker, founder of Select A Maker – you can view her portfolio at Yasmin Chopin or follower her on Twitter at @YasminChopin

“When deciding how to dress a large window start by looking at the walls and ceiling surrounding it. The technical possibilities will lie there…. the trick is to find out how it might be dressed before thinking about what you might dress it with.”



Kimberly Duran


Kimberly Duran, award-winning UK Interior Design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog Swoon Worthy – you can follow her on Twitter at @Redlilocks

“Always hang curtains high and wide. Your curtain pole should be hung between 3-6″ from the ceiling and be wide enough so that when your curtains are opened, the entire window is visible, allowing as much light into the room as possible. Curtains should always either just ‘kiss’ the floor or end with a 1″ break on the floor – no longer. And they should never ever end at the window sill! Hanging curtains in this way will make your ceilings look taller, drawing the eye up to the ceiling all the way to the floor and give a room a grand appearance. If there’s some reason you can’t have curtains that go to the floor (i.e., a radiator or a bay), then use good quality Roman blinds to soften the look instead.”

Patrick James Hamilton




Patrick James Hamilton, NYC-based interior designer and blogger at Ask Patrick – you can follow him on Twitter at @ask_patrick

“I’ve had many clients who were really reluctant, even with large windows, to cover up any of the expanse, afraid of losing even an inch of precious light or valuable view. But think of it more as “framing” and not “covering.” Here’s the thing: the window becomes more important, the view gets better, and somehow, the window ends up looking bigger. It’s a weird magic trick, but it always works!
On any window, it’s always about layering: the privacy layer, the light control layer, and the “dressing” layer: the part that really helps knit the rest of the room into the architecture of it all (I love fabric or grass Roman blinds with architectural side drapery panels). Not every window needs all three, but almost every window benefits from at least two!”



Michelle Ogundehin


Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration UK, blogger at Twobassetsandababy – you can follow her on Twitter at @MOgundehin

“My number one tip would be to always consider that you are framing the view. In other words, paint the window framing and walls exactly the same colour, vary finishes only, and finish with a simple full length, pencil pleated, plain velvet curtain (with white black out lining, hung on Silent Gliss tracks), and inset, a gauzy white blind for privacy, never never a net curtain! They are forbidden.“

Mally Skok




Mally Skok, Lincoln-based interior designer at Mally Skok Design – you can follow her on Twitter at @mallyskok

“My tip for a large window would be simple layers to break up the big chunk of glass. I like to keep the curtains unfussy, usually installing them on a narrow metal rod. I love a simple tuck at the top with hand sewn on rings. Beneath that I like to install natural material shades – raffia is a fave – usually inside mount. This makes the window look inviting and like you have paid attention and care with that layer in the room.”

Maxine Brady


Maxine Brady, interior stylist and blogger at We Love Home Blog – you can follow her on Twitter at @WeLoveHome

“Make your windows the focal point of your room – so don’t be afraid to use a bold patterned fabric. The more lush the material, the most grown-up your makeover will look. Always a trimming, either a wide band of fabric, brocade edging or a pom pom trim. These little details will make your blind look expensive and chic.”



Ramona Griffin


Ramona Griffin, Alabama-based interior designer at G & G Interior Design – you can follow her on Twitter at @gnginterior

“Leave as much visibility as possible without compromising privacy. I am a big fan of window film to protect furniture and other home decor items from damaging UV rays. I also like a simple and sophisticated window dressing like tall curtain panels or Roman shades. I prefer to use whatever will frame the window and still allow the view to the outside that the window was intended to showcase.”



Anna Lysik


Anna Lysik, Interior design blogger at Don’t Cramp My Style – you can follow her on Twitter at @DontCrampMyBlog

“Scale is really important when dressing a large window, so think of the size of patterns for your curtains. Keep it neutral. Also, large window means more light coming through, so think perhaps of blackout blinds if this is your bedroom window and opposite if is living room or study room as here you actually really want as much as natural light as possible.”



Naomi Jones


Naomi Jones, London-based interiors writer and stylist – you can read her musings at Naomi Jones Homes or follow her on Twitter at @naomi_jones

“Consider how the design will work when curtains or blinds are open AND closed. It needs to compliment your scheme both night and day. Trim plain curtains with a bold luxurious design along the outside edge to add drama for less money; you might find they’re also easier to live with than curtains in one dramatic pattern that could overwhelm the rest of your scheme.”

Vicki Gladle Bolick




Vicki Gladle Bolick, editor and creator of The Ace of Space Blog – you can follow her on Instagram at @theaceofspaceblog

“Get creative with a cornice! I love large windows with cornice board treatments, they add architectural interest and won’t overwhelm the window with too much fabric. They are also the perfect way to hide blinds or shades when they aren’t being used.”




Leslie Hendrix


Leslie Hendrix Wood, Texas-based luxury interior designer at Leslie Hendrix Wood Interiors – you can follow her on Twitter at @Hadley_Court

“Use 2 to 3 times fullness in fabric for the width of the window. You cannot skimp on fullness or the treatment will be out of scale with the window. Also. Place the rod 4 to 6 inches from the ceiling. This will add height and drama to the treatment.”



Martyn White


Martyn White – interior design journalist, blogger, and designer at Martyn White Designs – you can follow him on Twitter at @MartynWDesigns

“My tip for dressing a large window is to be aware of its connection to a room. Quite often, windows are a last thought when decorating or designing a space but they are actually one of the most important. Use large windows as a focus, maximise the view if you have one and let in as much natural light as possible, it will transform a space”



Summer Thornton


Summer Thornton, Chicago-based interior designer at Summer Thornton Design – you can follow her on Twitter at @SummerThornton

“The most important thing when dressing a large window is to ensure you have plenty of width for drapery panels. Too often I see windows that don’t have sufficient width to allow a natural draping of the fabric that maintains pleats at the top – they look skimpy or spread too thin.  Even when pulled apart, panels should cover a portion of the window and when fully closed they should still have plenty of give such that they could cover 2/3 of the window if needed, though they will only be required to cover 1/2.”



Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith, LA-based designer of interiors and furnishings at Windsor Smith Room in a Box – you can follow her on Twitter at @Windsor_Smith

“Perhaps the balmy summer is influencing me, but I’m really into a gauzy sheer as a drape these days. Something deconstructed in its weave and generous amounts of it and self-lined so it’s more opaque. A dusty soft gray is elegant on narrow stainless rods accented with petite nickel finials, rings and nickel wands to open and close.”

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