Thursday, November 5, 2009

Window Treatment


What to do? I have this pretty lead glass window in the master bathroom that my tub is going to sit under. It is not a privacy window. You can see through it. We have neighbors.

So how do you treat this window? It is so pretty, you don't want to block it with blinds. I took some time to look through BH&G website for some ideas.

Here is my window below....


Here they used blinds...not an option for me. It would cover the leaded glass too much.



Here above the tub - they didn't use window treatments...must not have any neighbors at this house.


Another with no window treatment....

Below, they used accordion , honeycomb type blinds. That is an option. When pulled completely up, they almost disappear, so they wouldn't cover the pretty leaded glass.


In the picture below, they used curtains. I like this option too. They can be pulled away to the sides and the pretty leaded window would still show, when privacy was not an issue. Plus they soften a hard space with a lot of tile.



Another bath with curtains....these are too shear, but I really like the idea.



So what window treatment would you use, if you had a beautiful window you didn't want to hide during the day, but needed privacy at night? I would love to hear your ideas!
Welcome Home,
Penny

35 comments:

Coloradolady said...

I'd just tell them to close their eyes...that window is too pretty to cover....

Is some of the glass frosted?
What about using the frosted privacy film from Home Depot or Lowes, could be cut to size to fit into the parts that are clear....you might see an image...but not all the goods!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

That's a tough one! Can you put the window frosting sheet stuff on it? You should still be able to see the leading. Might have to go outside to check out what might be seen tho...

I like the pull up shades - also liked the curtains but so many of them would become transparent with light. ☺

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Penny! Your window is DIVINE! My solution would be to just leave the dignity out the door, and give the neighbours something to look at hehehe! It's way too lovely to cover up.... maybe you could put something outside the house instead?

Kathleen Grace said...

I really like the soft curtain idea. It would frame and draw the eye to the beautiful glass when open but allow a soft glow of light even when closed. I don't know what else you could do that wouldn't cover the window and that would be a shame!

Dawn said...

I was thinking along the lines of what Natasha said. Maybe a pretty privacy screen several feet away from the window on the outside so you still get the light but the neighbors can't see in.(unless they work really hard to!)

Beverly said...

Penny, it looks like all you would be able to see through the glass would be a blur. If it were me, you would have to prove to me just how much you could see before I would cover it. Have you done "the" test?

But, if I had to cover it, I would opt for the soft white curtains.

Beth West said...

Could you put some shutters by the window? They might frame it nicely and then you could just pull them over when you wanted privacy.

Donna said...

I would use solid wooden shutters on each side (painted white). I love the solid wood shutters that you see all over France and Italy. If that didn't work I'd probably use a soft curtain to drape on each side and then pull them close for privacy.

Hugs,
Donna

Catherine Holman said...

I like the curtain idea. I once stayed at a bed and breakfast that had a tub below a large window with no window treatments. Needless to say I used the corner shower.
Hugs,
Cathie

Sandi McBride said...

I love the curtain idea...lots of white linen to pull closed when the bath is in use, and open to frame the beautiful window...yes, the curtains!
hugs
Sandi

~~~ M ~~~ said...

I vote for curtains, Penny. Hang the rod well beyond the window, so when the fabric is open, the window is totally visible. Then the curtains could be pulled for soaking time.

I'm assuming you don't soak at night with the overhead light on. Cuz if you did, then sheers may not be enough. But a flickering candle set on the counter... that would give enough light to enjoy the bath AND keep from having to go to the emergency room when you broke your leg trying to get in/out of the tub in the dark. (You know they'd get a good laugh out of that one!)

LOL! Happy Friday!

Marilyn

ceekay said...

Whatever you do, it isn't going to be thrifty! I would order a blind that could be mounted almost invisibly at the top, totally clear of the window. When I needed to I would lower it for privacy. Any curtains that would give privacy would be too heavy for that gorgeous window....Hey, take a bath in another room??? I know that is silly...but I would not cover that gorgeous window!

Cheryl Doan said...

I like the shutter idea and searched around a little just for fun on the internet. I came across a blog called "Southern Chateau" that might have an idea you can use. Here is the link:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_W1K25TFh1t4/SZHP5RWM-BI/AAAAAAAAAX0/B-kxSzz9Kfk/s400/bathroom%2Bmeredith%2Bamy%2Bhoward.jpg&imgrefurl=http://southernchateau.blogspot.com/2009/02/bathroom-montage.html&usg=__qJH5yHbR9ljjyPxxczq4suaU4zk=&h=400&w=291&sz=24&hl=en&start=43&um=1&tbnid=lmTxvVdqF_smSM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=90&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfrench%2Bcountry%2Bshutters%2Bin%2Bbathroom%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1W1DKUS_en%26sa%3DN%26start%3D42%26um%3D1

It is a post titled "Bathroom Montage" on February 11, 2008. There is a great idea for shutters on a sliding track. Just thought I would pass it along in case you could use it or for others who have the same problem. I love your new house and decorating style!

Cheryl Doan said...

Just a correction to my note above, the post for "Bathroom Montage" was for February 11, 2009, not 2008 in case someone is looking for it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, I love that window too, and I wouldn't want to cover it either. Can't wait to see what you do. Hugs, Marty

Debbie V. said...

I think that I like the curtain idea the best. I know you will come up with the perfect solution as you always do!

I love all of your inspiration pictures from Better Homes & Gardens and may just have to join so I can look online thru them for my own inspiration ideas!

Shelia said...

Hi Penny! I love your beautiful window in here and like the idea of using a pretty rod with curtains you can pull open or closed however you need them!
Oh, I'm getting excited! Your home is going to be so beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Janelle said...

I'd use something like the soft flowing curtains in your next-from-last picture. I'd put them on rings so they were easy to whisk over the window when needed and whisk to the sides the rest of the time.

What a gorgeous window, btw!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I'm with a lot of others..give them a show! teehee. Maybe the accordions would work. That way you can have them pulled up and out of the way and leave the clean lines of the window for when you don't mind neighbors peeking in.

xx
becky

Anonymous said...

I agree, the window is way too pretty to cover.
Maybe take baths with your bathing suit on. ;-0

Anonymous said...

Oh that window is too pretty to cover up...if you don't bathe at night I think you're all set LOL....how about a spring rod with a curtain just for bath time ????

Kathy :)

bj said...

Hi, Penny, my vote is for the pretty curtains. I like this idea a lot...
Beautiful window!

Anonymous said...

I would have a beatuful wood cornice installed over the window and hide an old fashio pull down blind in it.

LW said...

what a lovely window....
I like the last picture....
it would be pretty but yet not take away from the window...

Louise

Pamela said...

I would use on e of the last two Penny with the second from the last being my fave!

kjquilts said...

How about a roman shade mounted above the window. When up you would be able to see the window but still be able to close it for privacy.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That's a hard one! The window is so pretty but I'm assuming you wouldn't need it covered unless you were in the tub or at night witht the lights on. So I think those shades that roll up and hide away.


Manuela

Adrienne said...

Your window is gorgeous and I wouldn't hide it for a second when privacy is not an issue. You could have a wonderful, softly draped roman or balloon-type shade that is mounted above the window and just sits at the top of the trim, giving the appearance of a wonderful fabric valance, but when let down gives privacy while you enjoy the fantastic print of the fabric. Perhaps a black and white toile or something very simple in your room colors. ~Adrienne~

Jen R. said...

That is a beautiful window! I think shutters would enhance it with architecture and you could shut them when you needed privacy.. Have you gone outside at night and seen how much your neighbors can see in? Maybe You could plant something outside the window instead and block it from the outside?

jeanne said...

Hi Penny, I do love that leaded glass window. I too have a picture window (not leaded)above my garden tub. I have yet, after two years, figured out how to have privacy and not lose the lovely window. You can see right into my entire bathroom from my sister's home behind me. Your bathroom is going to be beautiful and this decision is a big one. I thought of those blinds that are softly pleated but I still am not in love with the idea. I did hang some battenburg like cafe and I do not like them in that space. I am very anxious to read your comments. LOL.

Hugs, Jeanne

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Penny,
I have stained glass windows in my home too, and would not want to cover them completely either. But you do need the privasy, so what about using a light weight curtain with a pretty rod and bring the curtains out on either side of the window maybe to the wall so it widens the window and when they are drawn open they will frame the beautiufl window and drape softly along side your tub.
Everything is so pretty and the bathroom looks like it will be very romantic so curtains will help with the romantic look.
So there's my two-cents.
Enjoy your weekend,
Elizabeth

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

I think the flowing fabric treatments are really pretty but they don't seem very practical around the tub, but I guess it would depend on how close to the wall your tub will be placed. If it were me, I'd be more inclined to try the honeycomb shade, exactly the width of the top window molding and mounted so that it is sitting right above the molding in hopes that it would blend in and be inconspicious. You definately don't want to cover any of that gorgeous window or trim!

Gretchen said...

My choice would be plantation shutters.

Hugs, Gretchen

Gail said...

Oh my what a pretty window, Connie. Two of the options that would suit me are the half shutters that can be open unless needed and the soft flowing semi sheers, which I would put on rings to pull when needed and slide open when not needed, with perhaps some nice knobs or hold backs to tame them on either side.

Pondside said...

I'd hate to cover it up too, so how about a lovely swathe of curtain, hung high and to one side, held back with some fabulous something-or-other?