5 Window Treatment Ideas To Improve Your Home

Coming up with interesting window treatment ideas that

bring out the best in your windows as they bring in the

sunshine, is a challenge to anyone with a yen to decorate.

There are tons of non-traditional options and tips to make

the most of what you have, and give your windows that

million dollar look on a mostly discount budget.

How about recycling old items? If you inherited lace

tablecloths that are no longer fresh and white, you can

still get a lot of mileage and an interesting antique

window treatment, by using a sewing machine to turn the

tablecloths into window curtain panels. You might even

have some old lace curtains on hand, that need to be

brightened, but the bleaches have failed you.

Accept their “age” and build on it, by staining them with

tea for a totally antique look. Simply take a bucket and

use half hot water and half boiling water, to “steep” 30

black tea bags. When the water is dark, add your curtains

and stir the mixture. Then let them sit for 30 hours, with

the occasional stir to keep the color evenly distributed.

Remove the curtains, squeeze out the liquid, and hang them

to dry.

Window treatment ideas aren’t always about curtains. The

once popular wooden window blinds are making a comeback

with people who prefer the warm, natural tones of wood to

go with a wide variety of décors. Antique folding window

covers can be had for a song at garage and auction sales,

then refinished, and if you are artistic at all, decorated

with tole paintings.

Little touches can add a lot to plain curtains. If you

have a set of long, lined drapes and would like to liven

them up, place small hooks or other mountings above where

the rod is held, and top your curtains with silk flower

garlands, or just silk greenery. There’s no more fuss to

cleaning these, than there is to washing a swag or valance.

Just put a little soft dish soap in a tub of water, swish

the silk garland around, rinse and hang to dry.

Your window treatment ideas are limited only by your

imagination, and the time you have to spend decorating.

Some of the most interesting and attractive looks are born

from using leftovers, cast-offs and your own ingenuity.