How to decorate a bedroom with lots of windows

Bedrooms full of sunlight and scenic views sound idyllic, but once you move in you realize there’s no wall space to hang art and other elements of decor. With a little planning, however, you can add all the personal touches necessary to make your space attractive and comfortable. Aside from simply adding throw pillows and carpet, there are decorating tricks that can help you get the most out of having lots of windows.

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Window Treatments - Decorate your Bedroom

Hang two types of window treatments to satisfy functional and aesthetic needs: a thicker light-blocking covering, such as Roman blinds or retractable blackout shades, overlaid with thinner gathered draperies for a decorative, elegant touch. This will block unwanted light while you’re sleeping without sacrificing style. Use wood shutters stained a rich, warm color if you prefer a simpler cottage look.

Hang stained-glass artwork against windows or add a built-in art-glass window panel for a spot of color and texture reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. To save money, fake the stained-glass look by attaching specially designed vinyl stickers to the window pane.

Wall Treatments - How to Decorate it

Paint the walls in a bold color or apply wallpaper with bold colors or prints. While this might overwhelm a room with more wall space, a small amount can add a vibrant touch. In a room with lots of windows, you can use darker colors that would make a room with less light appear dim and gloomy.

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Furnishings and Accessories

Use table or floor lamps and free-standing mirrors instead of wall-mounted versions. Pick oval mirrors, which don’t block light and views as much as rectangular ones. When shopping for paintings and other wall-mounted decor, look for small pieces that can fit in the space between windows.

Display larger artwork on easels or tabletop stands. Placing tall furniture in front of windows would obstruct light and views and make the space feel awkward, so find low, wide dressers, side tables and bookcases that fit below your windows. Place small, decorative objects or framed artwork on the surface of low furnishings and deep windowsills. Using lower surfaces means you can decorate with taller items, such as sculptures or vases, without obstructing views.