Window treatments serve the functional purposes of providing privacy, reducing solar heating inside the home and moderating natural sunlight. More than that, they enhance home décor. Truly bold window treatments may even define the room’s style. If your home décor feels outdated, unfinished or boring, now is the time to plan a do-it-yourself window treatment makeover.
Factors to Consider Before Updating Your Home’s Window Treatments
From semi-translucent sheers to eye-catching cornices, dominant drapes and more, window treatment styles abound. Both the material used for your window treatments and the style selected can impact your room dramatically. As you explore the many gorgeous window treatment styles that are perfect for your summer home makeover project, keep these factors in mind:
- The room’s size
- Your need for privacy
- The decorative theme or style
- Dominant and accent colors in the space, including prints and solids
- The desire for natural sunlight
This project is the perfect way to rejuvenate your home décor, and these are some of the exciting do-it-yourself ideas for this summer.
Stunning Roman Shades
Depending on the fabric used for Roman shades, you can enjoy modest or almost complete sun blockage. Thicker material is more effective at reducing the impact of solar heating in the home. Raising and lowering the shades enables easy control over privacy as well. Faux Roman shades are an alternative. They have the look of Roman shades, but they are static. Because of this, faux Roman shades only cover part of the window and are more suitable for aesthetics rather than functionality.
Regardless of the material selected and the window’s size, Roman shades are easy. Ribbons, bows and other decorative accents can be sewn to the fabric for flair. Roman shades typically have a flat bottom, but you can add personality by creating Roman blinds with a rounded, scalloped or pleated bottom.
If you are like many people who have completed a window treatment makeover in the past, you may struggle to find the right fabric for your project. Rather than feel limited by a narrow selection, consider painting your own curtains. With fabric paint, stencils, painter’s tape and a large work area, you can create a gorgeous look that is customized specifically for your room. In addition to selecting the right pattern for the space, you will have an almost unlimited range of colors to choose from.
As an alternative to using painter’s tape to make horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines on the curtains, consider incorporating a chevron pattern onto the fabric.
Stencils are available in an exceptional range of styles as well, or you can use sponges, the bottom of a cup or other materials to mark the fabric. The entire length of the curtains can be covered with a pattern or print, or you can focus your decorating efforts on a specific area of the fabric. If painting the fabric is not ideal, you can iron a print onto the material using t-shirt transfer paper.
Creative Materials for Window Treatments
Regardless of whether you paint your own design on your drapes, accent them with accoutrements or prefer to keep the material as-is, think outside the box when selecting the material. For example, Roman shades as well as drapes can be created using a flat sheet. Sheets are available in an almost endless range of solid hues as well as beautiful prints. Another idea is to use burlap to add character to your rustic or country chic décor.
These can be accented with buttons, ribbons and other pieces. You can also sew ruffles vertically or horizontally onto the curtain for definition and texture. Simply cut long strips of the same fabric, and sew these strips with pleats in an overlapping method.
Curtain Rods with Personality
Your creativity can also extend to the curtain rods with a do-it-yourself project.
Rather than buy a bland rod at a local store, think about exciting and unique materials that your curtains can hang from. For example, using a trimmed and painted tree branch as a curtain rod will make your windows a focal point. Another idea is to add decorative finials to the ends of PVC pipe, and paint the rod to suit your needs.
Do-it-yourself curtain rods may not always accommodate standard or store-bought curtains. An easy way to overcome this challenge is to tie the curtains to the rods with charming bows. You could also skip the rod idea altogether and create your own cornice or valance. A unique approach for a rustic valance is to use reclaimed wood rather than fabric.
With these and other creative window treatment ideas, you can easily incorporate personality and individuality into your home. Spend time exploring variations of these ideas and brainstorming new designs that may look amazing in your rooms.