Consider shading just the lower part of the window to add privacy. Pleated and roller blinds can be mounted from the base up on the windowsill, or can be fitted right-way-up to the centre bar of a sash window.
Fit curtains to the top of a sloping attic window, then hold them in place at the bottom of the window with a dowelling rod, threaded through brackets with a circular eyelet. Let the curtains pool on to the floor.
Fit shutters for shade and a curtain to soften the look. Extend the pole beyond the window frame so that the curtains can be drawn right back. Shutters can also be hinged to one side to accommodate a curtain.
In a large bay window the curtain fabric is the star so choose a discreet pole, rather than a chunky one. Fit a flexi pole that is easily bent to fit and has passing rings to enable the curtain to move easily around the brackets and bay.
Draw attention to a small cottage window with a dramatic block-print fabric. Make up the curtain with a large slot at the top to thread the pole through and fit the pole as close to the top of the window as possible.
Adding a pelmet to a window is a useful device for creating an illusion of height or changing the proportions of a window. Consider a box-shape stiff pelmet for a classic look, or go for a gathered design to create a country feel.