Tips for Dressing Recessed Home Windows on Long Island 

If you’re like many Long Island homeowners, one of your favorite things to do when updating your interior décor is choosing new window treatments. Like a fresh coat of paint, window treatments can dramatically transform a space. But, what about those tricky windows? Window styles like bay windows and bow windows, casement styles that mimic French doors and recessed windows.

Those of you who have been thinking about updating your home’s windows may be wondering which style window – and curtains or drapes – are best for your trickier areas. Since replacement windows are designed to precisely fit the opening left when existing windows are removed, you may still have some windows that present decorating challenges after replacing your old, inefficient windows.

Here are some tips for designing and dressing recessed windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

Recessed Replacement Window Flanked by Walls on Each Side

The bathroom is often one of the most difficult spaces for people to dress windows. Especially in homes with a tub installed in a setback between two walls, with a large inoperable window for light. One option is to convert that single window into a series of three or four fixed panels (with patterned glass for privacy) that replace the lower 2/3 of the existing window. By mulling a row of smaller operable windows, like awning or hopper replacement windows, above the rectangles, you allow ample natural light and ventilation, both important in small, humid areas.

As far as window dressings, a simple, elegant cornice board and fabric valance let you tie your decorating scheme together quite nicely. Be sure that your treatment only covers the upper half of your window or windows. This trick ensures air and light flow freely without any effort on your part.

Recessed Windows Over the Kitchen Sink

Casement replacement windows are very popular in kitchens. Modern designs make it easier to open and close this style in all areas where you have to reach over a counter or other fixture. Plus, the single lever now folds down, so you don’t have to worry about you handles interfering with curtains, blinds or other window dressings.

Many people love their recessed casement windows because the little ledge provides a perfect spot for growing fresh herbs and other small plants. And, as in the bathroom, a partial window covering is recommended to encourage natural light and air circulation.

However, rather than choosing a permanent cornice board, a washable fabric valance over the upper third of the windows is recommended, especially if you spend a lot of time preparing home-cooked meals. Over time, window treatments absorb the odor, grease and vapors created during cooking and baking activities, so it is always best to choose an easy-to-clean window treatment.

Of course, if you prefer full coverage, whenever possible, mount your curtain rod brackets outside the frame, about one to two inches from the top and sides.

Have fun choosing, making or designing your replacement window treatments. Choose colors, fabrics and textures that add to your overall design scheme, and enhance your home’s character and personality.

Design Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home

There are dozens of possible decorating solutions for the problem areas in your home. If you’re still trying to decide which window styles are best for your Long Island home, we can help. Schedule a private, in-home consultation with a replacement window specialist who has experience working with tricky windows. It’s easy. Just fill in the short form on this page, or call 1-877-313-9052 today.


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