The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to give your home a little refresh. It doesn't have to be a grueling or expensive project — something as simple as swapping out your pillows and throws, adding a new potted container to your entry, or painting your front door a bold new color — can make a big impact. This month in my home, I'm going to address my window treatments.
Since I want this to be a somewhat simple and manageable task, I'm not talking about refreshing every window! The window in my living room needs the most attention, and for me, will also make the biggest impact because it's the focal point of the room we use most often. Maybe you have a window in need in a room you never got around to finishing, those dreaded rental blinds still hanging, or you realize your bedroom could benefit from a heavier drape instead of sheers.
• Lets talk about fabric! Textiles, be it pillows, slipcovers or curtains/drapes in this case, are such a great way to breathe new life into a room. Just as the clothes we wear change from season to season, the same could be said for the fabrics in our home. Heavier materials like velvet or wool are great for fall and winter because they're warm and insulating. Just as when it's time to usher in spring, lighter-weight fabrics or sheers are better suited. And while I personally feel fabric type and texture should guide you first as you think about seasonal changes, pattern and color can also be considered.
If you're in the need of a little motivation, here are a few inspiration galleries to get you thinking:
If money (or perhaps skill), is an issue, try one of these DIY's for whipping up your own pair of custom curtains!
Simple No Sew Drapery Panels by Cleverly Inspired.
No-Sew DIY Greek Key Curtain Panels from the View Along the Way.
Stenciled Drapes by Balancing Home.
This fall I will be replacing my white, block-printed John Robshaw curtains with a heavier, velvet drape from Restoration Hardware in a moody, peacock green shade (bonus, I already happen to own them!). I'm also going to look into adding a custom blind or shade to the inset of my large window frame, which is another option for window treatments. And if you can't find the time or money, at the very least, simply laundering or having your drapes/blinds cleaned can still do wonders.
Hardware and Placement. Hardware is actually what is spurring me to tackle my front window. My ordinary and unsightly curtain rod that I bought in a rush during renovations is the thorn in my side (because privacy was a necessity!). Ok, it's really not that bad, the finish and the finials are my biggest issue, so I've decided to work with what I have. You can easily change the finish by painting the rod, which the blog Shine Your Light covers in the post DIY Curtain Rods. Still loving the DIY galvanized pipe trend? Hi Sugarplum shows you how to use it for a curtain rod. House of Hepworths also has a great tutorial on using electrical conduit as an inexpensive rod option, How to Make a Cheap, Awesome, Professional Curtain Rod. But if you have those cheap clip curtain rings, then you must check out her tutorial on how to fake a pinch pleat, which is in the same post.
Placement and installation is another area where you can simply rework what you have to make a big impact on your room. Did you hang your rod high enough? Does your rod extend out on each side of your window? Read Quick & Affordable Home Makeover Task: Adjust Your Curtain Rods if your rod is installed near the top of your window but with extra room towards the ceiling to spare.
Finials and Tiebacks. These are the little details that can be fun to play around with once you've tackled the bigger issues. You might opt out of either, since these aren't always a necessity, or your new curtains might suddenly need a tieback for maximum light exposure. Make It: 5 DIY Curtain Tie Backs has a few options for the crafty, I'm really loving the little bit of bling with the gold chain tiebacks. For those into the crystal trend, A Beautiful Mess shows you how to turn crystals into finials, but you could really use this to help you make finials out of almost anything!
If you've been inspired to reassess your window treatments, please let us know how this seasonal switch impacted your home!