Heavy window treatments can block natural light and feel oppressive. In my designs I often choose airy white linen drapes instead. Try hanging the drapes above the window several inches to create the illusion of a larger window and maximize the amount of light coming in. A good rule of thumb is at least 2/3 the distance between the window and the ceiling. But sometimes you have to make exceptions to maximize the light in the space. For example, in my Las Palmas Project dining room (pictured below), I took the drapery to the ceiling, since the distance between the ceiling and the arch of the window was shorter. It’s also important to push your drapers the the edge of the window to allow the greatest amount of light to come in and make the windows look bigger.