Watch out: fresh window treatment ideas
In recent decades, window treatment ideas have evolved from simple curtains and blinds. And because design rules are much more flexible today, there are many ways to implement those ideas.
Good old curtains revisited
Curtains remained the favorite of people when it came to window treatments. That does not mean that they should be boring and gloomy. Creative curtains can be just the right accent for any room.
Neutral curtains fit into the overall color scheme, but a patterned edge makes them a striking detail.
Pelms have a more formal aesthetic, so if you’re looking for a laid-back look, you should opt for flounces. Both are great decorative elements that can further disguise your windows.
In this all a dramatic flair. Jim Thompson’s silk curtains, dyed dark red, are the focus in the white living room.
This dyeing technique is perfect to give your old curtains a little bit. It is cheap and can revive any old living room in a moment.
Speaking of living room or dining room, printed curtains bring dynamics that no other element can reproduce (well, maybe except a carpet).
The key is to pair the color of a print to a large piece of furniture as above in this dining room. Matching this navy blue wardrobe, the printed curtains fit perfectly into the picture.
Curtains do not have to be made of fabric. These pearl aluminum curtains complement this modern one.
Minimal and slightly sparkling, these stylish curtains go well with smooth, modern aesthetics, which is becoming harder on cold, firm structures than on soft fabrics.
can look different. Shelly Riehl David creates frilly meringue-like window treatments reminiscent of an old French cottage feeling in the room.
In a minimalist modern interior, they would probably not look outside but give it an unexpected design element.
Pelmet curtains can also bring some drama to the room. In this English retreat, curtains with appliqué straps look very dramatic thanks to their muted, bright red color.
In addition to the printed Roman shades, windows have been extremely decorated yet functional.
Dramatic curtains are not new to the world of design, but their use has diminished considerably over the last century. In this farmhouse residence designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, the double windows called for dramatic curtains.
After an existing focal point, Bilhuber dressed the central part of the window with pelmet-printed curtains and flanked them with matching green curtains.
Trendy Shades Galore
Shades of all kinds have become incredibly popular lately. A wide selection of colors and prints offers a wide choice. Best suited for bathrooms and kitchens. Shades can also be easily combined with other window treatments if needed.
Neutral shades are as good as the blinds, only they offer many different styles. Even neutral prints and patterns can bring great momentum to the interior.
Here, the pressure of the color matches that of the wallpaper, which emphasizes floral motifs. Shades are probably the most versatile of all window treatment ideas.
Shades can be combined with roller blinds, valances and even curtains. It’s all a matter of functionality and aesthetics that you aim for.
Here, printed shades are accented with a turquoise frame that matches the accent color of the interior and combines different decorative elements.
Bathroom windows are often left untreated, but a bright Roman shade can make a big difference there. Be sure to choose the pressure that works with your tiles. And go for the contrasting color that works with the color scheme.
In this bathroom design, the shadow is almost as important as tiles. You could even say that they are competing for attention in the competition. But it does not take anything away from the inside.
Unusual Roman shades
Bright shades are often a welcome accent in a clumsy hallway or utility room. As long as it works with the color scheme, it will not appear out of place.
In this bathroom renovation, the bold, ikat-patterned, Roman shade perfectly complements the color scheme of the room, which sets an eye-catching accent in an already bright room.
Ikat Print is a great way to add exotic flair to your interior. In this Upper East Side apartment, the formal luxury style meets unexpected modern accents with ikat-Roman shades that are thrown into the mix.
Shades, like any other window treatments, come in a variety of materials. These are made of a semi-sheer fabric that offers minimal sunscreen, but their colorful ruffles add a lot of inner dynamics.
The bright shades, which are modeled after the stripped multi-colored carpet and sofa, are for decoration only.
Graphic shades became trendy a while ago. You do not need to include printed or actual graphics. Some have printed only inspirational words and phrases on them.
They seem to be a great addition to a library or home office. Here, the tiny bedroom looks like all three, so that the graphic shades fit perfectly.
Statement Window Treatment Ideas
Kitchen windows usually do not allow any types of dramatic window treatments, but shades and valances work for every window.
Do not be afraid to use statement values independent of curtains. They will provide both a decorative element for the room and a bit of sunscreen.
This beautiful country estate is a study in bright accents. Pink, green and blue are seemingly randomly used in the room, but they are associated with the matching wallpaper and carpet.
However, bright window treatments do not overwhelm the interior as the central window has only one valance.
Creative Window Treatment Ideas
Would you like to spice up your interior immediately? Let these creative ideas for window treatment inspire you. Sure, they can require more effort and money, but they’re worth every minute and every penny.
Frosted glass is underestimated as a window treatment. There are so many possibilities and designs to explore and create.
Here, the barbecue area uses a dining set of frosted glass as a wall. It must also be a sunny side, so it is better protected during the day.
Faux grids are perfect for the sophisticated glass transoms. In addition to the rich variety of materials, finishes and shapes, the ease of installation proves that they are a great window treatment.
They also look nice on the normal windows and can provide some privacy for the sliding glass doors. You can even order them as a room divider.
Decorative screens bring some mysticism inside. They also improve the privacy of the ground floor rooms.
There are different types of umbrellas, but the oriental ones look best thanks to their intricate patterns and motifs.
Stained glass is not as popular as it used to be, but lately it has got some love from the modern designers. And it probably has something to do with all the church conversions.
Of course, you do not have to live in a church to use stained glass. A few colorful slices are enough to highlight your windows from the rest.
DIY window treatment ideas
When it comes to DIY window treatment ideas, there are no limits to what you can do. And you do not even have to spend that much money. You do not even know how to sew.
Coffee sack or burlap curtains are easy to make and give the room an unrivaled rustic charm. The only problem is to fix them.
Here you can either use what you have (an old curtain rod) or use your experience and skill to find a way.
Barn doors are not just for entrances. You can use them in many different ways, including as shutters. These give the kitchen or a dining room certainly a rustic charm.
Just install the sliding mechanism over the window and you can easily control the amount of light and privacy in the room. But best of all, you do not even have to wash them.
Do not you want to splurge on expensive curtains? It’s time to deal with old scraps of cloth. You can even use old leaves if you have to. The principle is simple. Cut the fabric into strips and tie them around a plastic tube that will be your curtain rod.