It's that time of year again when you need to look at ways to keep your home warm, especially if load shedding affects your region. Here are some handy tips and tricks for window treatments that will also warm up a home.
When we host our DIY Divas workshops on making a Roman blind, everyone is amazed at how easy it actually is to make your own Roman blinds. Whether you use bought fabric or make your own printed fabric, making a Roman blind won't take you more than an hour. Learning how to make your own Roman blinds allows you to make your own custom window treatments, in your choice of fabric, at a fraction of the cost to buy ready-made Roman blinds.
There are plenty of ideas of affordable ways to hang curtains, but I still love the idea of using PVC pipe for the rod and ping-pong balls as finials.
For many a young homeowners hanging curtains is not as easy as it appears, especially if you also have to mount a curtain rod or track. It's important to measure up so that curtains completely cover windows and also add extra character and texture to a room. Here are some tips on hanging curtains.
Online shopping is quickly becoming the norm in our technologically advanced environment. This is because physically going out to the shops can be a stressful experience, especially when shopping for something a little less exciting like blinds! The Blinds Direct online service allows you to pick out blinds that you want and have it shipped directly to your door.
Fabric blinds are one of the most affordable window treatments you can make for a home and you can design a Roman blind in plain or neutral colours, or colourful dramatic patterns.
This idea is not a new one, but it's definitely a great idea if you are a looking for an affordable way to hang curtains and add interest to country, cottage or rustic room decor. Using a branch as a curtain rod definitely catches attention and you don't need to spend any money for this project.
During the winter months our 'summer-designed' homes lose a lot of heat through windows that are dressed for the warmer seasons, but not for when it gets cold. With so many options to choose from, you can have stylish window treatments that look good in summer and help keep your home warm in winter.
Pelmets are not only ideal for finishing off at the top of curtained windows, they also look great as a finishing touch for windows fitted with blinds - hiding the hardware out of sight.
I was so hoping to take back my lounge, which is once again being used as a workshop. But it seems this is not going to happen. So I need to install a curtain track in the TV room to make it a more livable space. There are so many variables when it comes to putting up a curtain track and I want to share my take on the easy way to hang one.
When you install shutters you don't need to worry about blocking out natural light or air circulation. Adjustable shutters allow you to control the amount of light you let into your home, depending upon the time of day and location of the sun, and still have air circulating through your home during the hot summer months.
Windows do a lot more than just let the light in. They also block out the sun in summer and keep your home cool in winter. Window treatments are also a key elements in the overall design of a home and in the unique look of each individual room. If you're redecorating, updating your window treatments is a great, cost-effective way to completely change the look of a space.
If you have been looking around for horizontal striped curtains you probably haven't been lucky finding any, or if you did they were no doubt expensive. Over at a brand new season I found a post that shows how quick and easy it is to make your own striped curtains, and here's how...
Canvas is one of the most affordable and durable materials you can buy. Pop into your local Builders Warehouse and you can pick up canvas dropcloths in various sizes to make your own curtains at a fraction of what it would have cost to buy ready-made.
Wanting a unique piece in the kitchen? You can easily make your own personalised Roman shade with scripted text. This kitchen window already has blinds on it, so a decorative, non-functioning shade was needed. A simple roman blind of linen was inscribed “bon appetit”, the perfect French bistro/cafe touch.
Linen and cotton can be used to make the most elegant curtains and drapes for a home and won't cost you a fortune. Cotton and linen are natural materials that will outperform many synthetic fabrics; being washable, easy to dye, affordable and readily available at most fabric stores. If you think these fabrics are plain and boring... think again!
Pinch pleats are an excellent way to add formal style to almost any type of curtain or drape. What's nice about pinch pleats is that you don't need expensive mounting tapes to create pinch pleats, you can quite easily sew in pinch pleats and then use a more affordable mounting tape and your choice of hangings.
There are factors to take into consideration when selecting window treatments. Details such as colour and fabric, style, length and custom-made versus ready-made. With so many options to choose from it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Bamboo blinds are a nice option for windows, but when you get tired of the look or want something different, instead of throwing them away, cover them with fabric and give them a new life.
Customise your curtains with a decorative band of fabric for a custom look and the perfect curtains for any room in your home.
Dressing windows to match your new home can be an intimidating task. If you're looking for inspiring ways to dress up windows ... look no further! Be inspired to hang drapes in a whole new way.
Roman blinds are perfect for both small and large window treatments. You can make your own Roman blinds in any colour or fabric pattern, to match your existing room decor. Here's how to make a Roman blind...
It's easy to makeover a set of plain curtains (or cotton flat sheets) with fabric paint and stencil. There are no fancy techniques involved; simply find a design that you like, cut out the stencil and stencil the design onto the fabric.
Stencils have come a long way; today’s options are sophisticated, easy to use, and offer you endless design possibilities. Combine your favourite pattern and paint colour for a shade that makes a personal statement in a bedroom, bath, home office, or anywhere you want to add privacy.
For years it seemed that every designer under the sun was maximizing each room’s exposure to the sun’s rays by leaving windows starkers. But modernism has now embraced ye olde yard goods as part of the mix (especially the glamorous mix), and curtains are definitely back.
Choosing the right window treatment for a home, or even just for a room, can be a difficult choice, especially if you aren't comfortable with interior design. To help you make the right choice we've put together a selection of window treatments to guide you when decorating a home.
There's more than one way to hang a curtain, in fact there are many ways. I did a bit of research to find the most practical yet stylish ways to hang curtains without using the traditional curtain rail, pole or track...
Curtains can compensate for architectural shortcomings, such as low ceilings or little detail; windows that are too low, too high, too wide, or too small; and windows that don't match, aren't positioned symmetrically, or are stuck in a corner.
Whether you live in a suburban townhouse or an inner-city penthouse, there's no denying that full-length curtains offer ambiance, privacy or style for a home. Design experts show how they have incorporated window treatments to add more than a touch of flair.
Looking for a quick and easy way to dress up a window - with or without curtains? Momtastic shows us how to create this stylish window treatment with fabric scraps.
If you need to hang or install a curtain rod or rail there are a few basics you need to know before you start drilling into walls.
Perhaps it's my age, but I have always liked to have a pelmet at the top of the window, especially when hanging blinds. For me, it provides a finishing touch and hides all the blind hardware out of sight. Here's how to make a decorative pelmet ...
Do you still have a pair of sheets hanging in over the rail in your living room simply because you can’t decide whether you should spring for custom shades or buy some off-the-shelf curtain panels? Here are some tips to get you on the right track...
There are more than a few homes out there that have a window or two that are almost impossible to dress. They might be small windows in a large wall, corner windows, windows high up, or windows that just don't feel as though they belong in the room.
Windows are the new stars of the home - they can be dressed to frill or to thrill, or kept simple and chic. There's now a wealth of choice in treatments from classical swags to minimalist breaths of muslin and even curtains made from suede or leather.
It's so easy to add embellishments to dress up plain curtains. You can use anything from buttons, bows, ribbons and trim to add some pizzazz!
The practicality and cheerfulness of Roller and Roman blinds makes them particularly suitable for any room in the home.
Here are some easy and stylish ways to dress up a sliding door
Blinds are easily fitted as a do-it-yourself project, but make sure that you take down the exact measurements when having your blinds made, or when buying blinds. Here's how to measure for blinds
Many homeowners, especially those living in a townhouse complex or cluster development, are plagued by nosey neighbours. So how do you keep them out of your home if you don't want to layer the windows with drapes?