If your current window treatments are tired or not living up to your expectations, give them a completely different look with some simple tips. It is easy to alter and enhance the appearance of your home's windows, often using things that you might already have on-hand.

Some tips for transforming tired treatments are:

Buy some new blinds. One way to enhance your window treatments and improve the lighting in your room is to replace the blinds. Get rid of old venetian-style blinds, and consider something new such as roll-ups, California shutters, or verticals. These can contribute to a fresh atmosphere in your home, too. 

Change-up your hardware. Visit a hardware store or site to check out cool, new hardware for your window treatments. When you change-up the hardware, such as rods, drapery hooks, and pull-backs, you can make your window treatments hang better. Choose stylish finishes such as nickel, brushed steel, or chrome.

Cover up stains. Cover up stains or small holes on curtains easily by stamping them with ink. Give them an ink-stamp treatment using inexpensive rubber stamps and water-resistant ink. You can also add a fresh pattern to plain or solid-color curtains with this technique.

Bring some bling. Add some curtain jewelry, found in hardware and home goods stores, to your drapes and curtains for an updated, sophisticated look. You can also recycle your older jewelry that you don't wear anymore by pinning, gluing, or securing it to the fabric in your window treatments. Give them a one-of-a-kind look that others will admire!

Let the sunshine in. Get rid of curtains, drapes, and valances altogether and let the sunshine in! Blinds can provide privacy and security as needed, but the added light may give your home a larger, more open feel. If this doesn't seem practical, use printed vinyl window clings to provide security, privacy, and shade as desired.

Add a clever cornice. A cornice is an object or a box-shaped fixture that is typically installed above the upper sash of your window. These give the window a framed, distinctive look; install a box-style cornice over your window and upholster it to complement the colors, fabrics, and textures of the room.

It is easy to alter and improve the looks of any window treatments without the expense of replacing all of your current curtains, drapes, and dressings. Use these tips to enhance your current treatments and to give your space an entirely new look!

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