A few tips can make it simple and inexpensive to create highly functional, designer-worthy window treatments.
Windows are often a focal point for a room – a good reason to put effort into accenting your windows in a creative way, while keeping in mind their functionality.
Window dressings should be chosen in terms of budget, functionality, personal priorities and preferences. Online research before going in-store can be useful and time saving. If budget constraints require less expensive choices, choose very low-cost window dressing for most windows and select one or two priority windows to dress up a little more. Another alternative is to take a longer-term approach, using simple low-cost coverings that can be optimized in the coming years; for example, purchasing shades initially then adding a layered look with drapes in the future.
Layered window treatments can add a designer touch while also providing privacy. This combination can be completed using either drapes and sheers or shades. You may want to consider installing the curtain rod much higher than the window frame to create an illusion of taller windows and higher ceilings.
Roman shades are traditionally used to create a classic, functional look. They are ideal for smaller windows where there is no space on either side for decorative drapes, such as in the kitchen or bathroom.
Achieve this look affordably by choosing a less expensive brand, and then sew a ribbon detail along the contour. Get the tone from the colour of the walls to optimize the effect of the ribbon and to pull the look together. For more contrast, go for a dark ribbon with light material or vice versa. The details are important, for they can take your windows dressings from ordinary to tailor-made.
Vinyl shades are an inexpensive, functional window treatment, but they can be plain looking. Revamp a dull roller shade by applying vibrant wallpaper directly on top. This technique is often seen in children’s rooms and bathrooms, but it can also be used in other spaces to add an interesting pattern or punch of colour.
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