Dressing Palladian Windows
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Dressing Palladian Windows

Despite the popularity of this type of window (a large center window topped by an arched window and flanked by two side panels), designers agree that Palladian windows are one of their biggest challenges.

If the window cannot be left uncovered, curtains can be hung above the arch. The consensus is that the rod should not be hung at the bottom of the arch because that bisects the window.

Another option for arched windows is to hang a soft shade or swag that follows the curve, with matching shades on the adjacent windows. Thomas Jayne suggests using a curtain similar in color to the walls so it blends in rather than calls attention to itself.

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