Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dress A Basement Window

Glass blocks are well-suited for basement windows.

Basement windows are often overlooked by homeowners because they are so small or out-of-sight. That doesn't mean they can't be dressed up. Many options are available for basement windows. Remember that these windows are close to the ground and usually in a more public location, so use window treatments that not only provide decorative elements but privacy, insulation and protection when possible. Plan your window treatments to coordinate with the rest of your room's decor for a professional finish. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Hang a straight curtain rod above the window, and add floor-length drapes to the rod. Use a decorative curtain rod, such as wrought iron, to give the window treatment a finished look. This look works on even small basement windows. The curtains add color and texture to the room and give the illusion of a larger window when the curtains are closed.

2. Install colored blinds or neutral ones, depending on your decor. Consider blinds with insulation products to conserve heat and reduce noise since both aspects are important considerations in many basements. You can use blinds and drapes on the window to serve multiple purposes.

3. Cover the window in window film. Use tinted, frosted or patterned film, according to your tastes. Film not only decorates your window, but it also adds privacy, filters UV rays and helps prevent condensation from forming on the glass. Cut window film to fit the window, and peel the back off so it sticks to the glass.

4. Add wide, decorative molding to the border so the window stands out. Use dark or white trim, or paint it to coordinate with your decor. A wide border makes a statement in a room and helps a small basement window look bigger. You can find molding that is plain or ornate. Shutters look attractive inside windows with wide molding.

5. Replace the window with glass blocks. These provide complete privacy while still letting in plenty of light. Most basement windows need added privacy because anyone who walks by can see inside. They also have insulating qualities to help keep the basement warm.

6. Use wood or wood-replica shutters on the window. These are easy to use, add full privacy when closed and give a warm, finished touch to the room. You can get shutters in any color, and they suit various styles, such as country, nautical or cottage.

7. Install an ornate wrought-iron bar to the window. This bar adds protection and security to the basement but also dresses it up with the black, decorative metal.

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