You’ve never been one to stick with the ordinary, so why let your windows fade behind boring, vinyl blinds? Give your rooms some extra pizazz with window treatments that really make a statement. These eight ways to dress your windows will impress your guests and help you revamp tired rooms.
- Wooden Blinds
Wooden blinds instantly add rustic charm to any room; just like hardwood floors, they’re elegant with a touch of luxury that doesn’t overpower a room. While a touch on the pricier side, wooden blinds are worth it because you can easily revamp a room simply by painting or staining the slats a different color. Faux wood blinds are a great, budget friendly alternative and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
- Colored Venetian Blinds
Instead of getting window treatments that simply blend into the walls, make your windows statement pieces with colored Venetian blinds that really stand out. A beautiful deep blue or pure white can complement accent colors in the furniture and really tie a room together. Most people wouldn’t expect blinds to stand out, but when done right, you’ll love how much more interesting they make a room.
- Motorized Blinds
A new and hot trend is motorized blinds that you can control with a remote. Picture lazing around in bed on a Saturday afternoon and lowering the blinds from a remote control on your nightstand so you can watch a movie sans glare. Pretty ritzy, huh? Motorized blinds are perfect for windows in hard to reach places, and you won’t have to worry about kids and pets playing with dangerous cords.
- Woven Shades
Woven shades give your room the look of a breezy, countryside home. These natural shades are made from woods like bamboo, reed, rattan, or jute, and are great for diffusing light evenly throughout a room. They add a more relaxed vibe to rooms, and with the wide variety of finishes available, you’ll have no trouble working them into your décor.
- Café Curtains
Café curtains are a lovely, alternative way to dress your windows. A curtain rod is placed a third or halfway up a window, and colored or patterned curtains are hung from curtain rings. Not just a quaint window dressing, the café curtains are actually quite practical: they cover enough of the window to give you privacy, while letting in tons of natural light. This is perfect for rooms that don’t see a lot of sunlight or have few windows, and you’ll save on electricity.
- Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains make you feel like you’re vacationing on a private island. They add a touch of whimsy and romance to a room, and they let sunlight filter through them beautifully. Full length sheer curtains look lovely on bay windows, while short, hemmed sheer curtains are perfect for smaller windows in the kitchen or on a door.
- Sheer Roller Blinds
If you have tall, arched windows, it can be so tough to figure out how to dress them. Instead of going with traditional heavy curtains, defy the norm and install sheer roller blinds. You’ll still be able to see the design of the windows through the curtains, and the sharp edges of the blinds contrast interestingly with the rounded windows. You’ll end up with a statement piece that guests will love.
- Top-Down Bottom-Up Blinds
Who ever said blinds had to lower down? Challenge our perceptions with blinds that raise upward—but also lower from the top. This new style of blinds let you completely control the privacy and light in a room. You can leave the shade in the middle of the window, letting light filter in through the top and bottom, or leave the shade halfway up, letting you see out while still protecting you from view. Top-Down Bottom-Up shades give rooms a modern, edgy look while offering you control you’ve never had before with regular shades and blinds.