So, how do people proceed when faced with this situation. Well, it all depends. Here are some ideas:
- Consider leaving the transom window uncovered. If you have privacy at that height and no real need to block the direct sunlight, then this can be a great look. This works particularly good when utilizing wood or faux wood blinds, as their side mount capabilities and 3" crown molding look valance system compliment the window configuration nicely. This is a really great option if your home is equipped with low E windows. In that case, you can have design beauty and efficiency.
- For windows with rectangular transom windows above, consider mounting the wood or faux wood blind all the way to the top and simply ordering a longer blind. Depending on the size of the window, this is not as stunning from a design perspective as leaving the transom open, but in some applications function trumps design - and this is the balance that must be struck for each individual.
- Finally, for windows with an arched window above, you may want to consider using a faux or wood arch blind mounted above a standard faux or wood blind. Professional window covering dealers know how to make the window look finished despite installing two blinds. You also might want to look at a plantation shutter option for an large arched window, as they are an ideal product for those type of windows. However, you want to consider other things with that and be extra careful before mixing wood blinds and shutters in the same space or across the front of your home.
- One cautionary note, if at all possible avoid mounting an outside mount faux or wood blind above a window with an arch. While it gets the job done of covering the opening, you risk not being able to find wood to install the blind into, and frankly you will create a very awkward design look in your space. You are better off leaving the arch uncovered and putting a stationary solar sun screen on the outside of the window. Just some food for thought from experienced window covering folks that have had to fix that mistake for more than a few clients.
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