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Window with diaphanous curtains

image: Andy Butkaj

Selecting the right style of window coverings are often the most challenging part of a room. It is similar to carefully choosing the ideal pair of shoes to go with a specific outfit. Base your decision on how you can draw attention to the room’s architecture as it inspires interiors and exteriors of the home.

Blackout Curtains

You can dress up your windows with premade blackout curtains, but this project can get pricey. There are times when being able to find the right fabric or color in a blackout curtain that goes with your home décor is a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Consider a green design to save on energy and block outdoor noise and light by making your own blackout curtains. This can easily be done by placing a blackout lining in front of your existing curtains.

Purchase the blackout lining at any fabric store. Cut the lining approximately one inch smaller than the panel of the curtain. Start at the top edge and place the lining under the hem of the curtain. Sew all edges. To simplify, you can use adhesive to glue the lining to the curtain.

Frosting Spray

Frosting spray provides partial window coverage and still allows you to see the background of the room. You will need tracing paper, frosting spray, scissors or a knife, and adhesive.

Measure the window and cut the tracing paper to fit. Use adhesive to attach the tracing paper directly to the glass. Trace your design on the paper. Remove the paper and with the scissors, cut out the design. Place the paper back on the glass and then spray the exposed section of the glass. Let it dry and then remove the paper.

Top-Down Blinds

First, you should measure the window. You will need a set of mini blinds, temporary shades, cutting knife, and tape. Take off the bottom plugs from the mini blinds. Unknot the strings, but be careful that you don’t unravel them. Turn the blind over. Cut the strings at the top.

Separate the blind slats from the strings. Measure the length of the temporary shades and cut to size. Remove the bar at the bottom of the mini blind and add it to the top of the temporary shade with tape. You are now ready to hang your blinds.

Roman Shades for Your Window

Cut a piece of wooden board to fit across the top of the window. You will need screws, a staple gun, or hot glue to attach the board to the window. Cut the fabric an inch longer and wider than the board. Decide how many folds you will need in the fabric of your roman shades. Allow two inches for the seams. Attach ring tape and thread cord to the top of the fabric. Use the ring to pull your shades up and down. Hang your shades.

Transform a room into a beautiful space

Window coverings are an important decorating component for interior design and home improvement because they can add softness, color, texture, pattern, and privacy to a room. Even on a small budget, you can transform a room into something beautiful. Don’t be hesitant when using the appropriate style to enhance other facets of the room.

Nobody said it would be easy, but decide whether curtains, shades, blinds, valance, or drapes are best used in your space. Tailor your window coverings to home décor trends while simultaneously ensuring a good match with your flooring, wall color, and furniture.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.