Need to dress up your window treatments or feel like you just need a change in scenery? Here are a few tips and trends to help inspire you along the way:
1) Dress Up Plain Curtains
If you already have solid sheers or panels that you like, try dressing they up a bit. Add a decorative ribbon or trim, or add embellishments like pom-poms, beads, silk flowers, or lace. You could also sew a band of contrasting fabric to the bottom of the panel to add color.
2) Eco-Friendly Honeycomb Blinds
Also known as cellular blinds, are streamlined, stylish and easy to install. Because they are full of pockets that trap air, they provide another layer of insulation at the windows.
3) Apply A Window Film
Decorative window films come in many different colors and patterns so you will be able to choose one to fit your personality or mood. They offer a great middle ground between creating privacy and letting in natural light. You will find them sold in rolls or sheets and you can cut them into whatever shape and size you may need. If you are going to do-it-yourself, make sure you have a steady hand and a good measuring tool. Precision and care is the key to cutting the films to just the right size.
4) Repurpose Sheets and Tablecloths
This is an old trick that remains trendy through today. Hang sheets, tablecloths, or fabric shower curtains for a new look everytime. Use rings on rods or fabric ties on rods if you have the time.
5) Old-Reliable Roman Shades
Classic Roman Shades are experiencing a come-back because of their simple lines which make decorating comfortable and relaxing. Price will vary depending on whether you sew them, buy ready made shades, or have them professionally made.
6) Organic, Textural Shades and Blinds
Rattan, bamboo, and other natural materials are a big trend in window treatments. Use them by itself or create pleasing depth and contrast by placing them under curtain panels. If you have standard sized windows, these can be cost-effective if you can find them at big-box retailers. If you need to have them cut to size, it could get expensive. Hanging them yourself is possible but can be tricky so it is a good idea to have an extra pair of hands to help.
7) Indulge In a Luxurious Fabric
Silks, velvets, and suede are desirable for their tactile appeal. Because they are luxurious on their own, they don't need any embellishments. They drape beautifully and add glamour to the room. They can be expensive so be prepared to spend more on these fabrics. You can find cheaper low quality ones but it will show. If you are an experienced sewer, you may feel adventurous enough to sew them on your own. If not, you may want to consider hiring someone which will add to your bottom line.
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