Increase the beauty and allure of your windows with these 10 refreshing window treatment ideas. From shawls that you convert into window covers, to fishing net curtains or festooning canopies, here are ways to change the view from your windows and the shade of the sunlight and create a fresh, welcoming ambiance throughout your home.
1. Ceiling Net Window Treatment
Create a stunning and oh so refreshing window treatment from a white, sheer net and swag hooks. Buy enough net fabric to go from ceiling to floor twice. Hang a swag hook on the ceiling directly over the center of your window. Fold the fabric in half and drape it from the swag hook. Add two more swag hooks on either side of the window at the top, and loop the fabric so it falls to the sides of the window. Add beauty to this refreshing window treatment by festoon the net in great arches.
2. Shawl Window Curtain
This refreshing window treatment looks unique and elegant yet costs little. Look for a cheap shawl online or a silk throw. Try to find see-through fabrics with embroidery, like sheer rayons or polyester. Any fabrics that are thin and light, like silk, will color the shade of the sunshine coming through the window. Hang the shawl over the existing blinds or by nailing it to the wall over your window.
3. Chiffon Knots Window Treatment
Create a refreshing window treatment that drapes around your window using a long role of chiffon fabric. Look for cheap, solid, see-through fabric. You want to buy enough to stretch from floor to ceiling three times. Make a knot at the edge of the fabric and continue making knots every foot or so. Next, at the back of the knots (the side of this window treatment that will face the wall) sew the knots together so as to shrink the distance between them to about half a foot. This will cause the loos fabric between the knots to puff up. Do this throughout this window treatment, then nail it around the window.
4. Window Film
Turn the ugly view of the street into a subdued oriole of light. This refreshing window treatment is ideal for windows that require privacy. Look for window films at your home improvement store. Avoid gaudy stained-glass window films that may not look realistic. Choose Japanese style window films that will subdue the ugly view of the street without blocking out all the light.
5. Beaded Curtain
For a window with a stunning view that you do not wish to impede, create a refreshing window treatment from glass beads. Tie fishing wire to a pole then string beads from the wire. Create as crowded a bead curtain as you like then suspend it over the window for a stunning interplay of sunlight on the beads. (See my full tutorial on creating a beaded curtain.)
6. Layered Bamboo Window Treatment
Add privacy to every room by layering refreshing window treatments. Choose faux wood blinds for complete privacy and select an outside mount. Then add bamboo blinds in an inside mount. In daylight you will still be able to look outside, though without being seen. At night, the regular blinds will close over the bamboo to give you complete privacy.
7. Raffia Curtain
At a craft store buy balls of raffia in a rainbow of colors. Tie the raffia ends to a broom stick and string a whole curtain of them, as if you’re making a hula dancer’s skirt. Suspend the broom stick over your window, then complete this refreshing window treatment by pulling the raffia curtain apart with rough twine. Nail the ends of the twine to the wall in a way that will cause the raffia curtains to festoon. Alternatively, leave the raffia curtain to droop naturally down the window.
8. Enlarged Casement
Create the illusion that your window is larger by shaping a frame around the casement. This refreshing window treatment creates the illusion of greater space and light. Simply cut fence wood at 45 degree angles to create a frame around the window. (Or if you wish to create a pattered window trim, see my full tutorial.)
9. Fishing Net Window Treatment
At a sports store get a fishing net wide enough to cover your window. This refreshing window treatment goes well with maritime or natural décor. Hang the net with small swag hooks inserted in the wall around the window. String sea-shells into curtain tie-backs, and pull the net up from top to bottom on the right and left, leaving the center to droop.
10. Faux French Window
Don’t settle for plain glass windows. Instead, create a refreshing window treatment on the glass using frosted glass spray. Simply stick printer paper to the window, leaving a 1 inch distance all around, so as to create a grid between the papers. Spray paint the grid with frosted glass paint, then peel the paper away to leave the window patterned like a French window. (Here’s my step-by-step tutorial for creating a French window with spray paint.)