Treatments for Tall Windows
Drapery is the classic window treatment and an excellent choice for your home if you are looking to make a dramatic or elegant style statement. Tall windows develop a distinctly regal look when treated with draperies, but you need to think carefully about context. A smaller curtain rod will not make much of an impression hanging above a 15 foot window, so larger hardware is recommended. Valances and tie backs are also attractive accessories for your tall window treatments.
Roman shades are one type of window covering ideal for blocking the sun and improving privacy. Especially for homeowners who prefer a contemporary or more tailored look, roman shades are a great choice. Their sleek design creates a sense of luxury without excessive amounts of fabric cluttering your window space. Moreover, these shades give you greater control over privacy and lighting so they make an especially good choice for west or south facing windows and those susceptible to prying eyes. For added design flexibility, consider combining draperies and roman shades to create a more chic look.
Cellular shades are a relatively recent trend in window treatments. Their modern style notwithstanding, cellular shades are also a good choice for improving energy efficiency. Cellular shades are available in top down or bottom up styles, and the top and bottom of shades move independently for greater control over lighting and privacy. In fact, unlike traditional blinds or roman shades, you can adjust your cellular shades to allow more sunlight while maintaining privacy.
Shades and blinds can be very difficult to adjust on tall windows. You may not be able to reach the pulley system for very tall windows, so motorized shades are an excellent alternative. Plus, motorized blinds eliminate cords so they are a safer choice in homes with small children and pets.