Easy Upgrades: Make Any Set of Curtains Look More Custom

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

(Image credits: A Beautiful Mess; Lonny; House & Home; Martha Stewart; Emily Henderson; Live Love DIY; DIY Network)