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Skylight Part 12

Curtains or Drapery for Skylights, Glass Walls, Clerestory Windows, Palladian, Arched or Venetian Windows

In our last lesson we learned about Curtains for French Windows or Doors, Sliding Glass Windows and Dormer Windows, in today’s lesson we will learn about Curtains or Drapery for Skylights, Glass Walls, Clerestory Windows, Palladian, Arched or Venetian Windows. I will create an overview of these topics and then send you off to read more in your own time to add more depth to each area.

Skylight or Roof Light

As per it’s name a skylight is generally in a room to allow natural light to enter through the roof. This is great during the day, but at night time if they are in a bedroom they will require a window treatment. Most manufacturers of skylights have a proprietary venetian blind to go with their windows. Standard mini blinds, roller blinds or venetians can be used but you will need a hook at the windowsill and a pole to raise and lower them! A sash curtain can be used on curtain wire or slim tension rod with a lightweight fabric but I feel this compromises, not enough light during the day and too much at night.

Read more about blinds here

Read more about Skylights here

Glass Walls or Picture Windows

The reason we have glass walls or picture windows is so we get an uninterrupted view outside.

Therefore we don’t want to obscure this with curtains, but sometimes we do need to be able to control the amount of light that comes in to protect furniture and floor coverings when we’re not looking at the view.

Roman blinds or shades, vertical louvers, timber slat venetian blinds, roller solar blinds (these allow you to still see the view through them) are all suitable options.

Read more about Glass Walls or Picture Windows

Palladian Window, Arched Window, Venetian Window

These are a rounded top window with a rectangular window under. There are numerous viewpoints on these windows as they are definitely an architectural feature of a home. An architect will not want the window to be covered and the interior designer will want to enhance the feature so you can see the detail and provide a practical design solution. So, to combine the two schools of thought, if the window is in an area that doesn’t require a window treatment for privacy or insulation purposes – then leave it!

If it does, the there are numerous ways to decorate it. Our main goal is to not lose the arched feature. A decorative rod or pole can be fixed well above the arch and full length curtains used an tied back. You can see the window during the day but lose the arch at night. A rounded track can be installed within the window frame, the curtains can be closed at the top and held back below. You can use a pole at the bottom of the semi circular top and simply use curtains below and leave the arch exposed. Austrian and festoon blinds can be fixed to a curved track, you will keep the shape but lose the ability to look through it. There are pleated blinds which can fan out within the arch space and then have a normal pleated blind below, this can be raised and lowered as desired.

Read more about Palladian Window, Arched Window, Venetian Window here

See photographs of Palladian Window, Arched Window, Venetian Window here

Clerestory Windows

These are long horizontal windows. Blinds are best, or leave exposed.

Read More about Clerestory Windows Here

You have just finished reading part 12, this was a short lesson so you probably have a few minutes spare to go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In two days time you will receive your next lesson, if you don’t receive it in two days, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for two days the you can find part thirteen here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Curtain Design Ecourse Coordinator