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Tight budgets mean creative design choices. Much as we love the price of basic store-bought curtains, it’s also nice to find ways to make them look fresher and more personal — and not looking the same in every other person’s home. Here are ways to elevate these basic materials to something special, without spending a fortune.

Even if you already have an inexpensive pipe rod, you can dress up your window treatments with finials. Above, A Beautiful Mess used some painted wood blocks for the ends.

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Nothing says glamorous more than lucite and brass. Lonny shows you how to make a DIY curtain rod using these two chic materials.

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Sometimes it's the smallest details that elevate a decor element. In this case, these curtain ties from House & Home make window treatments stand out and appear more special.

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Or you can make it more permanent with curtain hooks, which you can customize with a decorative element. Martha Stewart used agate slices but the options are endless.

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Emily Henderson shows us three great ways to embellish basic white curtains.

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Extra long window treatments give a sense of luxury. These two-tone curtains from Live Love DIY are created with just an extra panel of fabric that adds color and length.

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Window cornices pull everything together into one finished and polished package. You can use wood, or do an upholstered version like this one from the DIY Network.