Dress Up Your Windows In Style

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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About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.