Many clients come to us looking for advice on how to cover their short windows. In the photo on the right it looks like care was taken to make the space bright and spacious, but the dark, short curtains draw your eye to them and accent the small windows. Light colored curtains mounted above the window that dropped to the floor would have made the windows feel much bigger.
Check out the example below on the left from apartmenttherapy.com– hanging your side panels high and wide creates the illusion of a MUCH bigger window!
And in the picture below on the right you can see a real life example (from Architectural Digest). Nate Berkus hung his woven wood romans and the panels high above the actual window so it looks like the window is far bigger than it actually is. The effect is fabulous!