Some years back I fitted basswood blinds to the bathroom window. These have started to fall apart and replaced with aluminium Venetian blinds from Finishing Touches.
Too often, it's easy to pile on window treatments that make a room feel dark and gloomy - but here's an instant way to brighten up any room.
Give your living spaces a refreshed look by choosing blinds that complement your decorating style.
Dress up a plain window with this easy macramé window treatment using basic macramé knots and T-shirt yarn or rope.
If you don't have a talent for decorating, choosing the right curtains can be tricky, so we compiled a list of helpful tips to help you find the right curtains for your home.
From plain curtains to Roman blinds, here are some beautiful ways to dress your windows with style.
Keep the winter chill outside of your home by covering the windows with energy-efficient window treatments.
You can use window treatments to provide extra comfort and bring style into your home.
If you're confused by the enormous range of curtain hardware available, join the club. It used to be so simple... put up the curtain track and hang the curtains. Now we have wooden poles, rods and finials, eyelet curtains, tab-top curtains, and more.
Honeycomb Blinds offer an energy efficient way to warm up a home during the winter months.
French doors are a wonderful alternative to sliding doors as a way to easily access an outdoor patio, or to walk into the garden. But how do you dress French doors?
You want your window treatments to be the perfect finishing touch for a room. Finishing Touches offer some tips on choosing the best curtain rod of pole.
Here's an easy DIY way to add architectural detail to a plain window by installing a cornice around the frames. A window cornice is also a great way to hide curtain rails or mountings for blinds.
Break out of your winter groove and freshen up your home for cool breezes and sunny days.
Rawlplug offers a Curtain Pole Kit that includes everything you need to mount your curtain poles, rails, rods or blinds.
If you're wanting something truly eye-catching for your windows, try this basket-weave treatment.
One of the most exciting things about being a woman is to express yourself in your own space. It is just a 'Woman' thing and you know exactly how to add the softer touch to a home.
It won't be long before the warmer weather arrives, and we can already start counting the weeks before the beginning of spring. Summer always calls for some trendy changes to our homes to revitalise and invigorate our indoor spaces.
School holidays can leave your house in a chaos - with sticky curtains and some extra stains that you did not plan for.
Hanging new curtains can be a confusing project if you're not sure how to measure up properly. We offer some helpful tips for measuring up for curtains.
Winter is a chilly affair, no matter where you live. One of the easiest ways to warm up a room is to add a window treatment to keep out drafts.
Finishing Touches is helping you celebrate your youth by offering youthful and vibrant window decor trends at affordable prices. There is nothing that stops us to be our youthful self in our own homes and to make our homes as beautiful as possible.
DIY projects around the house are usually dad's responsibility over weekends. Figuring out how to do all the projects on your own while keeping up with the busy career and spending precious time with your family can be hard to juggle.
Rose gold is the latest metallic trend for home decor, and you will find it popping up in designer homes everywhere. Finishing Touches have launched a double pole set finished in rose gold to highlight your window treatments.
Time to declutter and get a nice clean, but modern look? One way to do that is to take off your basic curtain track and curtain and replacing that with blinds.
Cleaning vertical blinds can be a mission, but there are a few tricks out there that you can use to keep your blinds dust free.
It's fun to decorate the windows in your home, and every room in a home can benefit from a beautiful window treatment that provides the finishing touch.
When you need to top off a plain window, making a decorative box pelmet is quick and easy.
Sheer or voile window treatments offer a cost-effective way to change out your window treatments, protect your furnishings, but still allow your home to be light and airy.
In this project we combine peony pink curtains with lime green tape trim to add a touch of elegance to a dining room. This designer touch elevates the entire room, and it’s such an easy change you can make to your curtains.
Here's how to make an inexpensive curtain rail using cabinet knobs and a pine dowel. We chose a brushed steel knob, but you can choose knobs with a different look and paint the rail in a colour to fit your decor.
Blinds not only enhance your home decor, they are an ideal way to control privacy and light. Use blinds to complement a modern minimalist home, or as a secondary window treatment to layer your window dressing.
When the weather is hot you want cool breezes through open windows, and this easy mosquito screen is a decorative way to reduce these annoying pests.
When hanging a curtain rail or rod, or putting up blinds, you want it to be an easy project when no possibility of fittings coming loose later on. We offer some tips for successful mounting where fittings are safely and firmly secured.
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.
Using a branch as a curtain rod definitely catches attention and you don't need to spend any money for this project.
Buying blinds used to be tough, but not anymore - now you can buy blinds online from www.blindsdirect.co.za
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.
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.
You don’t need to wait for someone to come and measure your windows to receive a quote. Along with their made-to-measure blinds service, Blinds Direct also provide pre-made blinds should you require a combination of the two.
Love the idea of making my own curtain tiebacks with items that can be found at your local Builders Warehouse - and that won't cost much either. These curtain tiebacks are made using hardware, copper pipe and rope.
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! T
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.
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.
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.
When you install shutters you don't need to worry about blocking out natural light or air circulation.
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 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.
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.
Linen and cotton can be used to make the most elegant curtains and drapes for a home and won't cost you a fortune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps it's my age, but I have always liked to have a pelmet at the top of the window, especially when hanging blinds.
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.
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?