When creating window treatments, let your imagination take you somewhere. Ask yourself if you are merely "dressing up a window so as not to ignore it," adds Dwayne Lumpkin of Home Economics in Grants Pass.
Or is there a purpose for what you've chosen: privacy, shade, light, or "just that certain look?"
This is a fun, quirky, no-sew valance created with cloth napkins, kitchen towels, or handkerchiefs. It's great for the kitchen, or any place you want sunlight and an unobstructed view. Clip cloth napkins or towels with curtain clips to a rod for easy curtains. Mix and match the colors or themes. Voila!
This is a luxurious or fun way to make curtains. Not to mention easy! Buy themed sheets or elegant patterns on sale and clip to a curtain rod. For a no-sew hem, measure for length and use pinking shears to cut the bottoms. This gives the sheets an interesting pattern and keeps them from fraying.
Your window treatments can set the stage for the character of your home. The proper curtain can frame a window and the view outside, or "create a piece of artwork for the room inside," says Maggie Clark of Maggie's Interior Design & Gifts in Rogue River.
Your window dressing can be as simple as wrapping a scarf of soft, silky fabric around a rod and letting it drop into a puddle on the floor. "Or simply taking the fabric and tying it up on the rod," says Vickie Kiser of Calico Junction Fabric Boutique in Medford. Toile, ribbons, tassels, cords, beads or fabric strips can tie up or tie back drapery panels. Anything goes these days, she adds.
Fabric will be one of your biggest expenses. Cotton sheets on sale are still one of the best bargains, says Kiser. And, they fit nicely into themed bedrooms, which are making a comeback, says Clark. In a room where there are matching pillows, bedspread and dust ruffles, it's a cinch that a coordinating sheet set will make nice curtains to carry out the theme, she adds.
A paint supply store may seem an unlikely place to find fabric for window coverings, but Lumpkin has hung painters' canvas drop cloths for clients in Grants Pass and Talent.
"They drape nicely, and you get a huge amount of fabric for little money," he says.
His client in Talent has 14-foot windows. "This is a good option for her," he adds. "Otherwise, the cost would be astronomical."
Cathy Hunter of Designer Fabrics and Framing in Medford suggests fancy tea towels draped over a rod or cloth napkins hanging from clips as window accents in the kitchen.
"Handkerchiefs are a pretty look in a bedroom," says Lumpkin.
Hardware stores, sporting goods stores, garden centers and antique shops are playgrounds for window dressers. Gone are the boring white metal curtain rods of old.
Hunter says, "Find hardware to fit your theme. Let your imagination take you somewhere."
Hers took her to the garden center for bamboo poles to create an oriental look. She has shopped for belt buckles to use as curtain rings in a cowboy theme. Antique doorknobs are popular choices, too, for hanging curtains, she adds.
Clark found a fishing rod for a client who wanted a cabin feel, and Lumpkin has seen curtains hang from canoe paddles.
Clark likes to hang sheers from wood branches. Lumpkin agrees that sheers hanging from Indonesian tree trunks create "a clean, modern, organic look."
You can transform PVC pipe and dowels into decorative curtain hangers by applying faux finishing and giving them a wrought-iron look, or a gold, silver, copper finish complete with patina or gilding.
Copper tubing and galvanized plumbing are functional as curtain rods, too, adds Lumpkin.
Instead of attaching a cornice, Clark likes to decorate the top of windows with ledges for collectibles, plants or swags of greenery. "It's a nice look, especially in dining rooms where you can display teapots or other pretties," she says.
Actors live for curtain calls and window dressers live for the "WOW" factor. All the windows in your home are a stage, so perform some magic worthy of rave reviews.