This is not the first time that we've talked about using window curtains to do things other than cover your windows, and it probably won't be the last. Like any decorative textile, curtains have multitude of functions and aesthetic uses, and they'll often save you a penny or two, too.
If IKEA is good for anything it's inspiring re-purposing, which is why there are whole sites devoted to clever uses of their products and magazines showcasing their wares in unexpected places:
• Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett, featured in RUE magazine, used a similar layered look in their purposefully mismatched bedroom, punching up while walls and defining the headboard area with IKEA's ANNO INEZ and now discontinued ANDREA panels.
• Better Homes and Gardens transformed a blank room to a cozy fall haven with a few unexpected materials. They spruced up the walls by adding bands of painted color topped with IKEA's ANNO INEZ curtain panels for a big graphic punch with a small price tag.
• Anhata Katkin used an old trick to define her office area, hanging decorative Anthropologie curtains to delineate it visually form her living space.
• IKEA Hacker featured Mary's beautiful use of a pair of IKEA STOCKHOLM BLAD curtains. transforming them into a beautiful slipcover for her loveseat.
And since we all enjoy hearing about creative uses of standard items, what ways have you employed curtains off the window?