Have you ever come across a design dilemma you just don’t know how to solve? That’s how it is with our basement window coverings. I was recently down in the basement packing up and I got to thinking about those basement windows which have always been a bit of an eye sore.
With more floor space freed up, it’s given me a chance to rethink this entire basement floor plan. We did a small basement refresh last year but we could better utilize the space and update the decor. It’s time I decide what to do with the basement windows once and for all.
1. Add Window Trim
One simple solution is to give your basement window a finished look by adding trim. Also known as window moulding or window casing, you can find moulding at your local hardware store or lumber yard.
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My friend Shauna trimmed her window in simple Shaker style trim. The inside window ledge and deep surround also look like they were clad in hardboard as well. Everything was painted in white paint for a crisp appearance and it helps to reflect the light. Basement windows tend to feel like an afterthought so adding trim makes them look more expensive, intentional and finished.
To get this look:
- opt for a window casing that is 2″ to 3″ wide
- use hardboard to line a deep window ledge
- use white satin paint to give your window a finished look
2. Create a DIY Window Covering Using Tension Rods
If you want to preserve light but add privacy and softness, a fabric coverings for windows is another option. Tanya created this DIY window covering for the awkward window in her guest bedroom but I think it’s a great solution for awkward basement windows as well. She used two tension rods and fabric sewn with pockets at the top and bottom. Ruching the fabric adds some privacy and interest. She also tried the window treatment without the bottom rod so head to her blog post to see that option and the DIY tutorial.
To get this look:
- use white adjustable curtain tension rods sized to fit your window
- use sheer fabric to diffuse the light
- eliminate the bottom rod and use fabric suitable for drapery to create a short basement window curtain
3. Make Small Basement Windows Look Taller with Faux Shutters
This solution by the folks at Frugal Family Times was really clever. Instead of designing around a small and high basement window, they’ve made the window look bigger and taller by playing a trick of the eye. Using window trim and recycled shutters, they’ve given the illusion that the window extends down the wall. If you want to make your basement feel less like a basement and more like the upper floors of your home, this is one way to do that.
4. Create a Larger Basement Window Using Mirrors
Similarly, and if you have room above your basement window, you can use a treatment that makes it appear the window extends up the wall. Here, a faux transom window was created using a mirror and trim. I like how they’ve used trim to create the illusion of muntins separating the window panes. They’ve also made use of the window ledge, using it to display accessories. I think this would be a great spot to add plants as well, and take advantage of that sunlight streaming in.
To get this look:
- Use three frameless mirror tiles that fit the width of your window
- Trim with flat casing to make the mirrors look like window panes
5. Dress the Basement Window with Drapery Panels
I find this basement window treatment particularly beautiful. If you take idea #3, extending the window using faux shutters, and add full length drapery panels, you can create a lovely window vignette. This is a great option for basement bedrooms when you want your window to feel a bit more lush and decorated.