Dollhouse Decorating

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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 01 February, 2016


Brooke Tucker Window Treatment

As an interior designer, I constantly manipulate objects to deceive the eye and give the impression that a room is larger than a tape measure indicates. Curtains offer great opportunities to do this. In dollhouses too.

There is no law saying you have to keep curtains adjacent to the window, as Brooke Tucker did in the Sitting Room miniature box below. It is simply a custom. Extending the fabric vertically and horizontally is fine. Just make sure the proportions of fabric within the “frame” made by ceiling, walls, and floor looks right to your eye.

Below are three window treatment tricks decorators love to use.

Hang Above the Window Frame

To create the illusion of a taller window, mount the rod above the window frame, about halfway between the frame and the ceiling molding. A track mounted on the ceiling also lengthens windows. Be sure to account for the extra fabric when measuring. Ms. Tucker might have done something of the sort in the vertical picture below. Who knows if the top of the valance is inline with the top of the window or not?

Wider Than the Window Frame


Brooke Tucker Sitting Room

Extending the rod beyond the frame on each side of the window makes it feel grander and allows extra light to stream in. You can also use this plan to reveal attractive molding around the window. Remember to adjust your width measurements for this look.

Cover the Whole Darn Wall


Brooke Tucker’s Circus Room Box. Curtains disguise where the window is … if there really is a window in the wall.

Ms. Tucker did this in the Circus Room. Who knows what is behind those colorful strips? I have used this technique in an apartment where my client got a terrific view of the apartment building across an air shaft. Also in a loft where the owner wished he had any kind of window, rather than the cracking, flaking concrete wall the landlord refused to repair.

A Good Exercise

Do some research with Google Images, using the keywords “window treatments” and “curtains,” with and without the words “dollhouse” and “miniature.” Look closely at what you are presented with, and keep track of how many times your eyes may have been deceived.

About Brooke Tucker

I love Brooke Tucker’s work and often use pictures of her room boxes for examples for my decorating posts. Click on any picture to see more of her work at work at Judy Kincaid’s website.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: curtains, room boxes, space, windows

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