Windows can either make or break a room as they’re the main source of natural light, views, and fresh air in any home. However, the importance of window treatment often gets overlooked by many homeowners. Window coverings or treatments can be both functional or purely decorative or provide a balance between the two—helping you complete your home’s overall aesthetic.
Whether it’s funky curtains, eco-friendly blinds, or adorable valances, the following DIY ideas are sure to inspire better views at home.
Burlap is an extremely affordable fabric material boasting the look of linen at a fraction of the cost. You can get burlap around 50 to 60 inches wide, the perfect size for a curtain panel. All you need to do is cut it to the right length, which is around three yards per panel, then place them on a curtain rod and hang. You can use several colored burlap fabrics, and it’s best to let it fit in your home’s aesthetic.
Keep in mind that trims can’t get machine-washed as it may ruin the fabric. So, when cleaning trimmed burlap curtains, spot-cleaning is ideal.
A roman shade is a type of window covering that can entirely block out the sun in any room, differing from standard window shades as they stack up evenly when being opened. You can design your roman shades however you’d like, and the best part is, they’re visibly smooth and not bumpy like regular vertical shades and blinds, giving you a clean and open canvass to explore your creativity.
If you’re looking for a unique window treatment that can last for a while, off the shelf bamboo blinds is a great DIY project to tackle. All you need to do is glue together a bunch of bamboos and design it whatever way you’d like. However, a standard material you can use to create your bamboo blinds is grosgrain ribbons.
If you’re looking for something different and fun, making fringed curtains using dyed linen strips is a great DIY project to tackle. All you need is to cut white linen into strips and dye them with whatever color you want. After getting the shade you like, let it air dry, and iron to dry the fabric to set the color in the curtain fabrics, tie the strips to a curtain rod, and hang it.
Pleated Window Valance
A window valance is a type of window treatment covering the uppermost part of windows, where you can hang them alone or pair them with window blinds and curtains. They’re a popular decorative choice in concealing unsightly drapery hardware and is prominent in Victorian-themed interiors. However, if you’re looking for a modern look, pleated window valances are an excellent choice.
If you’re into color and are after a vibrant theme at home, dyed curtains are fun and cost-effective ways of adding a pop color to your household. You can do this by dipping teal cotton curtains into a mixture of bleach and water and let them sun-dry. When dyeing curtains, fabric matters. To get the most colorful results possible, go for curtains that used naturally dyed fabrics like linen and cotton. Avoid using 100% synthetic fibers as they fade away fast.
If you have bare windows, you don’t need to worry about spending hundreds or thousands on decor—as you can do any of the DIY methods mentioned, helping you ‘dress-up’ your windows with ease and at minimal costs.