Have you ever stayed in a really nice hotel room? The kind where you walk into the room and instantly notice an entire wall of beautiful, rich-looking draperies?
Instinctively, you walk over and throw open the curtains – expecting to take in a panoramic view of the city through your own, private wall of windows - only to find a teeny, tiny window instead?
If you have experienced this ritual, then you are familiar with the illusion. Better yet, you know that the illusion works!
The same technique can be used to create a wider, taller, more prominent window in your own home. It can even shift the focal point of a room to allow you to change your furniture layout in ways you had never previously imagined.
For example, a large, heavy dresser with a tall mirror on the wall opposite a tiny, nondescript window would look unbalanced. But create the illusion of a bigger, taller window and “voila!” You’ve brought instant balance to your room.
The illusion is created through creative hardware placement and layering. A decorative rod, complete with substantial finials, can be placed near the ceiling (or crown molding, if your room has it). The length of the rod can exceed the width of the window to the extent needed for balance.
From there, it’s just a matter of layering sheers, draperies, scarves, etc. The layering helps to create an elegant, rich look with visual interest. Special touches, such as fringe, beads and tie-backs add to the drama. Using a strong color or pattern at the top of the treatment draws the eye upward and creates the illusion of more height in the room.
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