A lot of people don’t pay attention to the curtains they put up. Usually, we only pick the cheapest ones we can find during the mall’s three-day sale. Count yourself lucky if you can score something that comes in your favorite color and does not have those tired floral patterns we’re so used to seeing.

What you may not realize, however, is that your window treatments can make the difference between a room that’s meh and a room that you would actually love to spend time in.

And it’s not just a matter of picking a certain color. You have to consider if you should purchase blinds, drapes, curtains, or shades. You should also look at their color, fabric, length, and lining.

Whether you are looking for window treatments for functional or aesthetic purposes, here are a few ideas you can use as inspiration:

1. Shades of Pink

Designed by Andreaa Avram Rusu, these layers of a few floor-length curtains would give any room a contemporary look and feel. To achieve this, pick a number of vibrant-colored curtains that would complement each other, such as the pink palette design in this bedroom.

2. Striped Roman Shades

Anyone who has lived through Philippine summers and lived to tell the tale can attest to the fact those hot and humid months can be a tad too bright for any home.

Beautifully designed Roman shades like this one are the perfect window treatments to give your kitchen some much needed shade. To add to the aesthetics of your home, pick one that complements your walls or one that comes embroidered with an eye-catching pattern.

3. Porch Fun

If your house happens to have a porch or a balcony, it will be extra challenging to stay there when the weather gets too extreme. But you don’t need to let a light drizzle or humidity ruin a laidback Sunday.

Hang some shades that would equally protect you from the elements and give you some privacy. The color depends on the look that you want to achieve. For this photo, the forest-green shade completes the rustic earthy feel of the front porch.

4. Feel Like Royalty

Would you like your home to exude some regal, Victorian-era vibe? Heavy drapes can give you exactly that, especially when partnered with rods in metallic finishes. These drapes will complete your little nook, waiting for you to curl up with your favorite book on one hand and a cup of coffee on the other.

5. Woven to Perfection

The versatility of woven shades when it comes to complementing any room’s design is one of the reasons why it is a top choice for plenty of homeowners. These can easily add texture to your kitchen or living room, whether you are going for a rustic or a modern contemporary theme. Made of natural fibers like bamboo, woven shades can give you the right amount of light or the privacy any room needs.

6. Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters would be perfect for areas where curtains will not be as functional, such as your bathroom. You can have shutters custom-made to fit your windows and have it painted in the color that you want.

But if your room already has a design in place, a plain white one would work just as well. Simply hang some indoor plants and you’ll be getting that fresh tropical feel that would remind you of your beach vacation last summer.

7. Hide in Plain Sight

Shades can be a bit unsightly if they are folded up, especially during the hot and humid parts of the day. Cornices are the solution for this, as it combines both aesthetic and function.

For one, they can be used for rooms that do not have any focal point to speak of, as well as to spiff up a window that does not have any décor. Secondly, a cornice can also act as a valance, except that it hides folded up shades and blinds that are not in use.

8. Simplicity is Beauty

There is truly something about simplicity that makes it all the more elegant. Bringing with it a minimalist approach, these window swags would give any room the luxurious feel that it needs. Drape it across the top of the window and let the tails hang on each side. For this sheer look, pick a fabric that comes the closest to that of scarves.

Which of these window treatments caught your eye? Tell us about it in the comments!

And in the event that you are looking for your next home project, we wrote about DIY window decors that would keep you and your family’s hands busy for the weekend.

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