We’re so ingrained in thinking curtains or blinds for our windows that we forget the whole purpose is to provide privacy, shade or a decorative element for our windows and homes. So, think outside the window and you can find all sorts of garments and items to decorate your windows and still serve the functional purpose.
Curtains are fabrics that cover your windows. So, pick all sorts of fabrics to go creative. Burlap sacks, bed sheets, quilts, rugs, shawls, shirts, etc. All of those are fabrics and with some creativity and a good seamstress, you can create some of the most imaginative and unique ‘curtains’ ever seen.
Or create your own patterns. Take a one-colored bed sheet and stencil words on it – names of your children, pets, words of wisdom, etc. Go Picasso or abstract and paint or water color your own designs. And, if it’s an old bed sheet and you end up not liking the design you created. Then try again and no real harm on the pocket book.
What about curtain rods? It’s a rod! Do you know how much you could do with those decorations? How about yarn, scrunchies (I hear they’re back), thick stock paper, rope, necklaces or whatever else you can think of or that you have just sitting around. Wrap those around the rods in whatever way that looks the most pleasing and you become an original designer with your own feature story in HGTV. It also gives you a neat project. For the kids, too. They will have a blast.
Just for decorating purposes, think of what you could hang down from a curtain rod. Take some colored ropes, string, shoe laces, belts, scarfs, etc. and tie on glass or ceramic jars with flowers in it. Or junk art like painted wheels from a kids wagon. Whatever you can imagine. The trick is painting the objects, attaching them and arranging so it looks like a really cool design and not strewn junk.
Ultimately, though, your window is a 3-D painting that can be designed into whatever creative art to be imagined. Make it loud or subtle but remember it doesn’t have to be just a curtain or a blind.
Just another ShopRTO Home Decorating tip.