Published October 07, 2012
While common window coverings can work for just about any window style or size, unique treatments can be the most captivating. Designs that creatively use everyday materials in unexpected ways can make a huge impact on the look of a room. Whether you're designing a window treatment for privacy or purely for decoration, consider one of these ideas. You may be amazed by what you can do!
Bedazzled curtain. Add sparkle to your room with a curtain of beads. This simple but dazzling design has just the right extra something to finish bare windows where privacy isn't needed.
Style tip: You can either purchase this beaded curtain or make your own using fishing line and beads from a notions store.
Tree branch curtain rod. Bring home a branch from the woods and hang a curtain on it. Utilizing nature can help you save money and add a rustic element to ground your room.
Style tip: Spray paint the branch in a coordinating or contrasting color for extra flair.
Pennant valance. Use this look in a sport-loving child's room. Collect all of his or her favorite sports teams' pennants and hang them over the window as a decorative valance.
Style tip: Save on cost by just tacking up the pennants with colored corkboard tacks, in team colors to match the pennants.
Asymmetrical wood sculpture. Find something you really love at a flea market or from your travels and display it above the window as a valance.
Style tip: Choose materials or items that make sense with your home's color and material palette. You want this piece to stand out, but you don't want it to seem awkward..
Grass valance. This natural valance feels right at home in this jungle-inspired nursery. Try it in a child's Hawaiian-themed room too.
Style tip: Hang a wide piece of grass horizontally across the center of the window -- it will act like a cafe curtain and offer some privacy.
Wood awning. Use wood boards to create the look of an exterior awning. Paint the wood your favorite color with a dry-brush application for a shabby chic look.
Style tip: This is a great unisex design solution.
Frosted vinyl. I love using frosted vinyl -- it's a simple, affordable solution. Apply frosted vinyl to any window in a room that needs both privacy and light.
Style tip: Vinyl comes off easily and leaves no residue. Contact paper, with its sticky back, is much harder to remove over time.
Carved wood panels. Custom made or found vintage, these can be installed in front of your windows for sturdy, decorative window treatments. Hang them from a decorative rod, like in this photo, or suspend them from the ceiling.
Style tip: Hang wood panels on rods with wheels to move them away from the windows when you don't need privacy.
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