1. Take focus away from the window by placing large items on either side. In this case, symmetrical paintings and table lamps balance the room nicely.
2. Keep the headboard low. The headboard of this bed just lines up with the window sill. This keeps the room from being too dark. The double-hung windows are still within reach for operation.
3. Treat the window and wall as one surface. I like how the designer wrapped the draperies from the window and around the corner. There is enough space for the bed to be turned sideways but the sunlight coming from behind this contemporary bed is much more dramatic.
4. Use top-down blinds for privacy. This cleverly designed bedroom uses top-down/bottom-up blinds for ease of use. This is the size of the bedroom in my former rental apartment. Repeating the window valance and blind provides a consistent look.
5. Put draperies around the window. This cozy cottage makes use of the millwork on the wall, and the drapes were hung in line with the window mullion as well. They can be closed to customize the brightness in the room.
6. Use a post bed frame to disguise the window. This elegant hotel-like guest bedroom uses draperies in a similar way as the previous room, but the dropped ceiling gives the sleeping area a more intimate feeling.