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Creative and Unique Ideas for Window Treatments

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© 2013 by Bridget Sandorford; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

A beaded window treatment, photo courtesy Mr. Thinktank

Window treatments can set the tone for a room. Lighter treatments like lace and chiffon create a more open and inviting feel. Heavy drapes and blackout curtains can make a room feel dark and formal.

Window treatments can also bring together the look of the room. Unique window treatments can help you create a fun, interesting, and edgy look.

They can also help you to make the room more personal so that it better reflects your personal style and tastes. By choosing something outside of the typical curtains and shades, you can create something that’s truly unique.

Here are a few unique and creative ideas for window treatments to consider for your home:


Shutters are typically reserved for the outside of your home. However, if you bring them inside, you can use them for unique window treatments. The key is to turn them on their sides and hang them at the top of the window, sort of like a valance or cornice.

You can hang them like that over blinds or over curtains. Try storm shutters or old rice-paper shutters for different looks.

Old Doors

Old utility and barn doors are getting a second life as window treatments in a lot of stylish homes. You can mount them on a bar at the top of the window, and then slide them into or out of place when you want them opened or closed.

Paint them different colors for different looks or just leave them rough and raw if you are going for that rustic look.


Garlands and bunting can make for some interesting window treatments. Think about the old beaded curtains from the 60s and the 70s to get an idea of the look.

You can string any number of things on your garland, such as pom poms, bits of colored glass, or pieces of paper. You can make the garland as heavy or as thin as you like to create different looks and to control the flow of light into the room.


Scarves come in all styles, colors and fabrics. You can use them to create beautiful window treatments in a variety of styles and colors. You can knot the scarves on a curtain rod and hang them in strips.

Or you can open them to create more coverage. The result will be a bit like a poolside lounge on a Caribbean island. It will feel romantic and relaxing.

Book Pages

Old, antiqued book pages can make for a unique and creative window treatment. Simply cut out the pages and punch a hole in the top. You can hang it by rings or string. Create panels of hanging pages, just like you would a garland.

You can choose pages from your favorite book for sentimental value. Sheet music can also be used in the same way to create a unique window treatment.

When it comes to window treatments, you do not have to be relegated to plain curtains and shades. You can make unique window treatments out of just about any material. You just have to be creative and let your personal style shine through.

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she's been researching culinary schools in CT. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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