Dollhouse Decorating

Miniature Decorating Ideas |Articles on decorating dollhouses and the history of this artform


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 12 February, 2017


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

Curtains: 3 Tricks To Disguise Window Size

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 as did in the Sitting Room miniature room box below. It is simply a custom. Extending the fabric vertically and horizontally is fine, Just make sure the proportions of fabric pattern within the “frame” made of the ceiling, walls, and floor looks right to your eye.

Below are three window treatment tricks decorators love to use.

Cover the Whole Darn Wall

Ms. Tucker did this in the Circus Room, pictured above. 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.Hang Above the Window Frame


Brooke Tucker Window Treatment

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

As shown below, extending the rod beyond the frame on each side of the window makes it feel more palatial. You can also use this plan to reveal attractive molding around the window. Remember to adjust your width measurements for this look.


Brooke Tucker Sitting Room with a platial look

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, 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 image to see more ot her work on Judy Kincaid’s website.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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