Category : Interior Design
When you finally are able to set aside the time for that home improvement project you been planning for months – whether the work involves upgrading your kitchen, finishing your basement, redesigning your bathroom, or another room, you are inevitably hit with what could amount to enormous costs.
So if you conclude that your wallet isn’t quite ready for the big project, how can you still provide some new spark to your home without breaking the bank? Well, you might be delightfully surprised at the level of attractiveness something as basic as new curtains can bring.
To learn 7 ways to upgrade the appearance of your home with new curtains at a very affordable price, read on.
1. Make Your Own Curtains
Instead of buying new curtains, you can make your own. A flat panel or column style is probably the easiest for the beginner sewer. For a style that’s more complicated, either opt for a pattern or work off a favorite, pre-made curtain set. If you already have a sewing machine and you’re patient enough to wait for great deals on quality fabrics, this can be an easy way to save a lot of money.
2. Hang the Rod Higher
One of the most frequent mistakes home decorators make is hanging their curtains too low, thus cutting off the pane and producing the appearance of room size reduction. Ideally, curtains should be hung about four to six inches above the top of the window. This effect will draw the eye upward and give height to a room.
3. Buy Longer Curtains
It’s an illusion, but by hanging curtains all the way to the floor, you’ll make the window appear larger than it is. Additionally, curtains that puddle about the floor add an instant sense of glamour or luxury. But, beware as they can be a nightmare to keep clean.
For a look that’s more standard, go with a curtain that falls about ½ an inch from the floor.
4. Have Your Windows Cleaned
All the prettiest window coverings in the world won’t do much for a dusty and dirty window. One of the easiest ways to brighten a room and let in more sunlight is to have your windows thoroughly cleaned. You can either do this yourself or hire a pressure washer.
5. Measure Twice
Avoid the after-the-fact frustration of ordering treatments for an incorrectly measured window. To measure a window accurately, measure the inside mount and outside mount as well as the actual window dimensions.
6. Spend on your Hardware
Spend a little extra on your rods’ decorative hardware, as it can make a real difference. Updating your hardware regularly is also an easy way to change a window treatment without completely replacing it.
7. Pick a Treatment for Your Lifestyle
If you have kids, opt for a durable and washable window treatment like slatted blinds. If your house is a little quieter, you can invest in something a little silkier.
You should also think about where you’re installing your curtains. For example, don’t put an absorbent fabric in the kitchen where it’s likely to pick up grease splatters and cooking odors, both of which are very difficult to eliminate.