While we instinctively look to curtains to decorate our windows, this is not all there is to it – in fact, there are plenty more creative ideas out there that you can use to dress up your windows! That said, one important thing to keep in mind when choosing your window treatment is still functionality. Think about the degree of privacy you need, as well as the amount of light you get so as to choose the most optimal option for your home.
Leave it Open
Who says you have to cover up your windows? If privacy is not an issue, and you have a great view, we say, just leave it open! But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything with your windows. Here are some great ideas you can try out!
A pop of accent colour on your window frames can immediately brighten up your room and make it a point of attention. This is a great way to draw your guests to the fantastic view outside of the window!
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Beaded curtains are a great way to add a touch of whimsy to your windows without going over the top. This will also go well with bohemian style homes, or homeowners with a penchant for eclectic furniture pieces.
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This doily window treatment is a delightful addition to an otherwise monotone room and can make a great weekend home improvement project as well, if you’re into working with your hands. Definitely budget-friendly and beautiful!
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Screen It Out
For homeowners who wish to strike a balance between privacy and letting in limited light, screens might be the best option for you. Screens come in a variety of designs and patterns and can fit into practically any design scheme, for example, geometric, ethnic, modern and so on. Here are some of our top picks.
We love how delicate and dainty these lace window screens are. These screens also filter light through in a soft and diffused way that softens the entire room. (Picture credit: The DIY Adventures)
Geometric screens can make a bold statement piece in your overall home design if used in the right way. Don’t be afraid to experiment and pair different patterns and proportions together.
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Ethnic-patterned screens are a perfect complement to resort style homes that seek to recreate the holiday vibe. Be mindful of the direction the sun falls in your room – you would want to have the sunlight casting those beautiful patterns on your walls!
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With their strong, clean lines, metal laser-cut screens would go perfectly with modern homes with polished interiors and clean silhouettes.
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Not really a screen, but a creative window treatment nonetheless – put up a vertical garden or herb garden in front of your windows as a way to offer limited coverage. This is a win-win, since your plants can also enjoy ample sunlight at the same time!
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Cover It Up
For homeowners who are concerned about privacy, there are other ways to shield your windows apart from using curtains. Play around with alternatives such as different types of blinds. Also, we absolutely love the idea of using adhesive films or frosted glass, which offer good coverage while still letting in generous amounts of light.
Venetian blinds are an elegant and sleek alternative to curtains and will fit effortlessly with Scandinavian and minimalist homes.
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Who says that blinds must come in single solid colours? Check out these statement printed blinds that can add that extra oomph to your home design.
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Frosted glass is definitely one of our top picks for window treatments that provide privacy without compromising on natural light. Proves that you can have your cake and eat it too!
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Adhesive window films can offer similar benefits as frosted glass by providing coverage without compromising on light. To sweeten the deal, you can also change these window films whenever you like to shake things up a little bit as they are easy to install and remove.
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