June 16, 2014

Window Treatments to Inspire

Heidi Milton

Window treatments always seem to be one of the final touches when I decorate a room.  They are a pivotal element that can pull a room together and make it feel complete.  Some windows might not need any treatments at all, like my kitchen bay window that overlooks a forested area.  But most rooms will benefit from the finishing touch of something other than blinds on the window.  In fact, I’m systematically adding window treatments to nearly every room in my home, and so that led me on a quest to find some fresh ideas for dressing up windows.

Ready-made curtains and drapes are always an easy option.  There are a wealth of ready-made drapes, valences, and shades both in stores and online.   In order to keep the cookie cutter aspects to a minimum,  look for unique patterns, styles, or textures.

 

Texture - ThistleWoodFarm - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on Thistle Wood Farm blog

 

Mixandchich.com - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on MixandChic.com

 

Consider a DIY embellishment on ready made treatments to give them a custom look without the custom price tag.   Stenciling plain white drapes like these…

 

Stenciled Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Design & More

 

Or stencil a colorful design on simple pull down shades.

 

DIY pull down shade - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on ohmy-creative.com

 

Pull down shades are also perfect for adhering maps or other patterned paper for a unique look.

 

DIY educational pull down shade - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on bhg.com

 

Think of using fabrics other than draperies in conjunction with a drapery rod and rings with clips.  I love the use of these Hudson River blankets as drapes.

 

Unique blanket Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on countryliving.com

 

And how cute are these little clothes?  Perfect treatment for a laundry room, playroom, or nursery.

 

creativehomemakers blog - clothing drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on creativehomemakers blog

 

Other easy choices would be tablecloths, shower curtains, or even painters’ drop cloths.

But some of the most creative window treatments don’t involve fabric at all!  If you’re thinking outside the box, your home is filled with items that would make unique treatments for your windows…think photos, potted plants, mason jars, a simple shelf and more.

 

Shutter Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on pinecrestinc.com

 

tatteredstyle - Unique Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on tatteredstyle blog

 

Unique Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Via Pinterest user

 

eclecticallyvintage.com - Unique Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on eclecticallyvintage.com

 

creativecaincabin.com - Unique Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on creativecaincabin.com

 

flourishdesignandstyle blog - Photo window treatment - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on flourishdesignandstyle.blogspot.com

 

bystephanielynn.com - Unique Drapes - Inspiring Window Treatments - Mohawk Homescapes - Heidi Milton - DIY
Found on bystephanielynn.com

 

Ok, so I’d love to hear about your windows!  Are they bare and begging for treatment or or each window properly adorned?

Find more DIY home decor and inspiration on my blog, Decor & More.

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