Find new ideas on how to dress up windows for all budgets and styles.
By Lisa FrederickMore in Decorating
With spring sunlight streaming in, now’s the perfect time to rethink your window dressing. Whether you prefer simple treatments that won’t stop the eye or draperies that demand attention, there’s a trend this season to suit your style. Check out these seven ideas for inspiration.
Savvy stylemakers have been in on this trick for years: using flat sheets and large tablecloths to stand in for traditional curtains. Simply hang them from rods with ring clips, or if you’re ambitious, stitch on fabric or ribbon ties. You could even use a colorful fabric shower curtain. Not only is this approach to window dressing ultra-affordable, but it also opens up a whole new universe of color and pattern options.
Budget: Thrifty. If you don’t have curtain-ready linens lurking in your closet, you can find them at home retailers, thrift stores or even flea markets for minimal cost. Even designer sheets are less expensive than most drapery panels.
DIY: Definitely. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
Decorative window films, which are usually made of a clingy, flexible substance such as vinyl, are hot, and they’re a great middle ground between maintaining privacy and letting in natural light. You can buy them in clear or colored versions, and the range of patterns on the market — from delicate florals to mod geometrics — is too diverse to catalogue. Most are sold in rolls or sheets that you can cut to fit individual window or door panes.
Budget: Varies, but most films are relatively inexpensive.
DIY: Yes, with a steady hand. It takes care and precision to trim films to size.
Although it’s hard to go wrong with simple, solid sheers or panels, why not take them a step further? Give them a custom look by adding eye-catching ribbon or trim, or glue on embellishments such as silk flowers, beads or pom-poms. Or add bands of contrasting fabric to the bottoms of curtains that need a little boost.
Budget: Modest. Pretty trims can be had for a few dollars, and unadorned curtain panels for not much more. You also can go heavy on humble fabrics and light on expensive ones to get a more upscale look for less cash.
DIY: Absolutely, whether you’re working the sewing machine or wielding a glue gun.
These simple beauties, also called cellular blinds, have been around for several decades but have recently become design darlings. Not only are they streamlined and stylish, but they’re also eco-friendly: Their structure, full of pockets that trap air, helps to provide another layer of insulation at the windows.
Budget: Affordable. You can buy high-end styles, of course, but standard versions hold their own aesthetically and are easy on the wallet.
DIY: Yes. Honeycomb blinds aren’t complicated to install.