6 Ways to Style Two-Story Window Treatments

2019 Design Trends, Blogs, Exterior Patiuo Shades, Faux Iron Grilles, Motorization, Shutters

Soaring two-story windows are a dream come true for many homeowners. But some experience a rude awakening when night falls and they realize the need for effective window coverings to protect their privacy.

We call it the fishbowl effect.

It happens when the stunning views become … well … you. Its symptoms are the eerie feeling of being watched and constantly asking yourself: is someone out there?

For others, the nightmare begins when they realize the sun streaming through their gorgeous windows is discoloring their wood floor, carpeting or upholstery. Direct sunlight can alter the color of fabrics or flooring in just a few months. For a new homeowner, this means all the moving boxes may not even be unpacked before the UV rays start taking their toll.

Covering your windows doesn’t have to mean obscuring the stunning architectural details that drew you to your home in the first place. The right custom window treatments can play up the beauty of your windows and make them even more stunning. Plus, they allow you to control your views — and others’ views of you — while also protecting your furnishings.

Here are six style tips to ensure your large window treatments are as dreamy as the windows they dress.


  1. For windows that are quite tall, ornament the uppermost windows with faux-iron grilles to bathe the room in natural light. Solar screens behind the decorative grilles prevents the UV lights from damaging your precious furnishings.



  1. Combine extra-long drapes or curtains with your favorite kind of tailored window shade — opposites like these make a complementary pair. For added convenience, choose motorized shades so they can be raised or lowered with the push of a button.



  1. Consider top-down, bottom-up shades, which extend up from the base of the window as well as down from the top, as these can be adjusted to provide privacy and loads of natural light at the same time.



  1. To keep the overall effect of your space light and airy while still enjoying total privacy, fit each window with custom roman shades.



  1. For all but the most opulent of interiors, we recommend soft neutral colors and subdued patterns for two-story windows because they don’t compete for the limelight.


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  1. When deciding what to do with arched windows placed above your windows, consider installing made-to-measure blinds or shutters to draw special attention to their unique shape.



We hope these six ideas have shown you that two-story windows can be stylish and practical at the same time. If you’re ready to beautify your space, contact us here and we’ll bring our showroom to you.

See you next time,



Featured Photo via Keith Taylor Photography

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