It's always good to heed the advice of designers that say to keep things in a room classic and neutral. But sometimes classic and neutral is, well, boring. Like your curtains, for instance. Maybe you bought a basic white set to just get something on the wall, but now you're itching for a window treatment with a little more style. These 12 projects will help you out, working with common materials you can get at home or at a craft store–trim, dye, cord, gold leaf... but absolutely, definitely not a sewing machine.
Above: Better Homes & Gardens shows us just how easy it is to get a fresh new look. These curtains are made by dying fabric doilies and hot gluing them to sheer curtain panels.
On A Beautiful Mess, contributor Katie Shelton lengthened the curtains in her bedroom's bay window with a bit of lacy trim and fusible tape.
Like jewelry for your window treatments, this industrial style tie-back is just a clever combination of cord and a brass snap hook, from Blackbird.
And here's some actual jewelry for your curtains: A necklace. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn shares his tips for using a favorite (but lesser-worn) necklace as a curtain tie back on HGTV.
The button-and-burlap treatment on this kitchen window from Better Homes and Gardens offers a rustic touch, but it's pretty clever, too. The buttons were fastened to magnets that can be stuck to either side of the curtain, holding the burlap strip in place for decoration, then coming right off when it's time to wash.
For something a little more glam, here are curtains from The Gathered Home that are embellished with real gold leaf. Brynne taped off a striped pattern at the top of each panel, then applied and distressed thin layers of leaf to add a metallic touch.
Get hands on with paint and a stencil, like Better Homes and Gardens did here, to turn your plain shades into patterned curtains.
You can also add a painted pattern freehand, like Rachel did here on Smile and Wave. She first marked the pattern with chalk to make sure everything looked right, then went over the chalk with fabric paint on a paintbrush.
Inspired by Anthropologie, Katie of Mountain Modern Life added dyed lace to the edges of her white curtains (she sewed them on, but suggests you could do the same with Liquid Stitch solution). The lace actually came from table runners leftover from her wedding.
For a nautical touch, scrap the curtain rod and hang a length of rope across the top of your window instead, like in this shot from Brian Patrick Flynn on HGTV.
Or use smaller lengths of rope as curtain hooks, like in this bedroom from Traditional Home.
White curtains get a complete overhaul with tie-dye in the home office of Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Company. The sophisticated, almost geometric pattern to the dye comes from Lindsay's technique of flag-folding the fabric before dipping it in dye.