Basement Window Treatments

Get the right basement window treatment for your home

Basement window treatments provide avid decorators with the perfect opportunity to get creative with interior design. Basement windows come in a wide range of sizes and forms, depending on your home’s architecture. If you have a walkout basement, your options are the same as any for first floor space with similar windows or sliding doors. For those of us with smaller, often high-set basement windows, however, it’s time to get creative with our design ideas. Here are five basement window treatments we love.

1. Layer up

If you have short windows at the top of the room, create a room-heightening optical illusion by covering them in a fabric blind or shade sized for taller, more standard windows. Layer a pair of ceiling-to-floor curtains overtop.


2. Create a statement wall

For a touch of glamour, cover the entire wall in ceiling-to-floor length drapery. As with the previous tip, this has a room-heightening effect. It also adds a “wow” statement through more-is-more use of colour and pattern. The right fabric will provide insulating properties to boot.


3. Go minimalist

If you’d rather streamline a modern-looking basement, opt for a window-case-fitting minimalist-looking screen or shade in a fabric matching your wall colour.


4. Get art-y

Another option is to install Roman shades that show off a vibrant/bold/artful fabric you love. The shades function almost like wall art. We certainly believe some of our favourite fabrics from recent Schumacher andKravet collections could be displayed in any art gallery!


5. Think small!

Finally, another option is embrace your awkward basement windows, and emphasize their diminutive size and placement. A small café curtain, ruffled valance, or scarf valance are three options that add inviting, casual flair to any basement living space. Go bold when it comes to colour and/or pattern: who says small windows can’t back a big designer punch?