I once had the importance of dressing your windows and walls explained like this…The majority of what you see at eye level in a room is walls and windows. If you neglect those two major elements you are never going to have a complete space. This statement is true whether you own or rent your home. I know that window treatments can be very expensive and, as a renter, it seems like even more of a cost when your window treatments may not serve any purpose in our next home. So I’ll share with you a few tips to cut back on the expense of dressing your windows…
Here is a photo of our dining room the day we moved in. Our living & dining room are basically one room and have tons of windows. This is one of my favorite things about this house.
|Dining Room ~ Before
Not all six of the windows in this room came with these vertical blinds, the windows facing the back yard were bare. I needed to find something that provided privacy, light control and style with out breaking the bank.
|Dining Room ~ After
My solution …Inexpensive roller shades to give us privacy and light control & woven wood panels that instantly made the room feel warm and cozy while giving a light filtering effect when I have the roller shades up. Both were purchased at JC Penny’s online. They offer semi-custom window coverings. In total I spent about $700.(keep in mind the windows in this photo only show 1/3 of the windows in my living/dining room)
One thing that really helped with the cost of covering six windows was reusing the rods that I had purchased, from Pottery Barn, for the house before this one. When you are buying your hardware make sure to get the largest size of expandable rod that will fit your window. It may cost a bit more, but it’s the best way to give your rods the chance to work in your next home.
The green panels really tie in the bedding to the wall color while giving our guests more light control and privacy. These were purchased from Target. Very inexpensive “ready made” panels.
|I saved quite a bit of money in my guest room by opting out of using rings, however it does make it a bit harder to draw the panels closed.
The bold black and white paisley pattern on the draperies in my home office really set the tone of the room
(I know it’s kind of a dark photo).
In this room I had custom draperies made, but installed the expandable rod and rings myself. Not the easiest thing to do, but well worth it.
Click here for a photo of the valances (top treatments) in my kitchen.
Hopefully these pics help to show just how important window treatments are in finishing your room.
There are so many different styles and price points.
We can help you find the right one for you and your wallet.
So please, when decorating your home, even if it is a rental, don’t forget to dress your windows!!