Dressing Up Inexpensive Window Treatments
Sometimes, window treatments can be the last step in making a room feel “finished.” But, going the custom window treatment route can be pricey. So, what if you want a custom look without the price tag? A lot can be done by just taking inexpensive, plain curtains or shades and embellishing them a litle.
Here are three quick ways to dress up basic window treatments:
Add trim to basic curtain panels. In our last home, I bought plain, green and inexpensive curtain panels from IKEA and had a wide band, in a contrasting fabric, sewn onto the edges. (I then repeated the same fabric on my dining room chairs to tie everything together.) Starting with an affordable store-bought panel is a great way to save money if your windows require a lot of yardage.
And, if you’re not a seamstress, here’s another tutorial I found for a no-sew trim option.
Grosgrain ribbon is another easy way to update plain curtain panels. It comes in every color under the sun and just adds a little definition:
Add a pattern with paint. There are a lot of creative homeowners out there who couldn’t find the right fabric for their curtains and used paint instead. With the help of painter’s tape and/or a stencil, the possibilities are now endless:
Recover roller shades with fabric. In our last home, I was looking for an affordable solution to the small window in our powder room. I bought a $5 plastic roller shade and with fabric glue, I attached fabric directly to it. Quick and easy!
Have you customized window treatments in your home? I’d love to hear your ideas.
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