Find new ideas on how to dress up windows for all budgets and styles.
By Lisa FrederickMore in Decorating
Natural materials such as rattan and bamboo are on trend in a big way. Use them as-is for a clean, cozy look, or layer them under curtain panels for pleasing depth and contrast.
Budget: Moderate. If you have standard-size windows, you can find reasonably priced blinds and shades at big-box retailers. If you don’t, you may need to have them cut to size, and that can add up.
DIY: Mounting these types of treatments is within the reach of most homeowners — although it helps to have an extra pair of hands and an extra dose of patience.
If there’s one go-to window treatment that can work in just about any setting, it’s this. Crisp, classic Roman shades have never really gone out of style, but they’ve enjoyed a recent resurgence because of their simple lines, which work well for the relaxed, comfortable way that most of us approach decorating these days. They add just enough softness to a space without being fussy.
Budget: Low to high. The cost varies widely, depending on whether you sew Roman shades on your own, have them crafted by a pro or buy ready-made versions.
DIY: As with other blinds and shades, Roman shades can be installed with minimal hassle. Experienced sewers can easily make them, but novices might have a tougher time.
Silks, velvets, suede and more are fashionable for their tactile appeal. Window treatments are a great way to bring these fabrics into a space — not only do they drape beautifully, but they also add glamour to a room without overwhelming it. And because they’re so lush on their own, they don’t need much embellishment.
Budget: High. Don’t skimp here — if you cut corners in quality, it will show.
DIY: If you’re comfortable enough with your sewing ability to take a pair of scissors to a bolt of expensive fabric, go for it. Otherwise, it might be prudent to hire outside help, which means labor costs will add to your total.
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