Not to diminish the importance of window treatments by any means, but the fact remains, they are just curtains. They don’t have to be permanent, they can’t be replaced, they don’t have to cost a fortune, and they don’t have to judge you as a home designer.
Dressing the windows is like painting a room. You can transform the whole look very quickly and make it affordable. However, many people are still afraid to try. Some would prefer to have sheets on the windows and faded paint on the walls instead of trying something new.
If cost is an issue, here are some tips to help minimize the cost of window treatments. Stay with the ready-made options. Know the return policy of the unit you are buying from before you buy. Go with something neutral, so if you change your decor, you can keep your Rideau Cocooning. Buy curtains for sale or those that have been broken. Sometimes you can even find window treatments in a thrift store. It may not be the best quality or the “THE” curtain, but … they can be a great start to overcoming the fear of dressing your windows. As FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Once you get past this, anything is possible. Indeed … anything is better than a sheet or nothing, especially when privacy is an issue.
Dressing windows can and should be fun. You won’t know unless you try. If it looks horrible, change it. Curtains are not permanent. You will almost certainly know immediately when you put them into operation if they work for you or not. You can be bold and bring something to your decor, or you can be safe and choose something neutral. You can even create drama and elegance. Using color and pattern and fullness and length is a great way to revive a sad look with minimal expense.
Before you begin, first try to imagine what you would like the windows to look like. If your design involves several layers, start with the first layer, whether it’s shades, blinds, or forever. The most comfortable place to start is the foundation. You can opt for sure tones of white or ivory style, or you can go a little bolder and add some color or embroidery. Live with your first layer for a while, then build on the outside. If you can only imagine one or two layers, look at the elements that give color and pattern, even a pointed tip can transform the look. Before you know it, your creative juices will start flowing, and you will get more ideas than you know what to do with.