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Drapery over French doors. If you have French doors in a room that requires privacy, add floor-to-ceiling drapery panels to each side to create the illusion that your door is actually a picture window.
Tip: If your space doesn't require privacy, add stationary drapery panels to simply soften the space.
Blinds on a sliding glass door. Cellular shades make great covers for sliding glass doors that need full privacy. Cellular shades also act as insulation, protecting your home from cold and heat with their energy-saving honeycomb design.
Tip: Carry the same shade to other windows in the same room for a professional, cohesive look.
Fabric on a front door. A front door set close to passing traffic or a nearby neighbor may need a slight amount of privacy. Add sheer fabric over the door's window to allow light in but obscure visibility.
Tip: A cinched, full sheer treatment has a very traditional look. Try stretching the fabric taut for a more contemporary flair.
Draperies over arched windows. Figuring out how to cover arched windows — for privacy or aesthetics — can be difficult. Try this simple method: Install a drapery rod above the arch and let the drapery panels lie on the sides when they're not in use.
Tip: For draperies in hard-to-reach places (such as behind furniture), place the fabric on a traversing rod so you can open and close them with a cord.
Louvered shutters on arched windows. For oversize arched windows in rooms that scream for privacy, install custom-made louvered shutters for a professional fit.
Tip: Custom shutters elevate the design of any room, as they look more like an architectural element than a window treatment.
Fabric on arched windows. Privacy may not be an issue in some rooms, but light control usually is. Use a sheer fabric to manage sun filtration on your arched windows. This well-known traditional window treatment has fabric fanned out at the top and gathered at the bottom center in a decorative knot.
Tip: The heavier the fabric you use for the window treatment, the more light you will block. Take the direction in which your room faces into account — south-facing rooms usually require more light control.
Fabric over sidelights. Treat sidelights with drapery panels. Simple drapes create a spectacular look that can cover the entire door if necessary.
Tip: If you have clerestory windows, like in this photo, install the draperies just underneath them to save on the cost of fabric.