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Bedroom Window Treatment Ideas

It is a bit surprising how much windows play a role in the overall design and feeling of a room. The range of bedroom window treatments and curtain ideas below will have an effect on the styling of the space, how spacious the room feels, and how much privacy you have.

Hanging The Curtains

How you hang your curtains has a big impact on how the bedroom will feel. If you hang the curtains up high, and have curtains that reach down to the floor, you will create a tall feeling room – just like in picture (1). If you hang them across a wide area, you will create a wide and more spacious feeling room. Another benefit of hanging them wide is that you can open them up completely, allowing as much day light in as possible without blocking the sides of the windows.

Different Styles

If you want to create a modern look then go with hookless bedroom curtains as they create a more minimalist look and won’t need tiebacks – seen in picture (2). Black out curtains, which completely block out light from the outside, are popular in high end hotels and a lot of people like using them in their homes. For me I like waking up to a bit of sunshine in the bedroom.

For a more traditional and decorative look, use cast iron curtain rods, valances (3), cafe curtains, and ruffled or patterned curtains. Have a look at my mood board here for other ideas: Window Treatment Style: Shabby Chic Curtains, Rods, and Tie Backs.

Since curtains take up a large amount of visual space in the bedroom, the style and color of the fabric you use will play a big role in the color design scheme of the bedroom. If you use blue curtains for example, you are adding blue as a main color to your room’s color palette. Or if you use cowboy window curtains in your kids room, you are creating a cowboy theme in the space. When you are looking at bedroom curtain ideas and design styles, you will want to choose curtains based on the overall style you want to create in the bedroom. Have a look at my mood board here for different bedroom color schemes: Bedroom Color Ideas: Paint Schemes and Palette Mood Board.

If you have a small bedroom and want to make the space feel large and spacious, you are going to want to hang the curtains high above the window and wide as talked about above. Also, look for a fabric color that blends well with the wall color. Say you have white walls. Then go with white or off white curtains. Blending the color of the curtains with the walls creates a more uniform look in the bedroom – making it feel larger. Avoid using patterns on your bedroom curtains, solid colors work best for smaller spaces (Design Tips: Small Bedroom Ideas).

A Relaxing Space

A window seat makes for a relaxing space in the bedroom, just like the one in picture (4). This can be a great place to relax during the day, for reading and looking out of the window.

Privacy Options

If your house is built close to another one, or your bedroom is on the ground floor, then here some bedroom window ideas for adding privacy.

One simple idea is to hang a curtain rod half way down the window, or where your head height is (5). This lets you close off the window, but still keep natural light coming in from the top during the day. Short cafe window curtains are great for doing this.

If you get a double curtain rod, you can hang up sheers to use in the daytime. And on the second curtain rod a thicker curtain can be used at night.

In my bathroom window treatment ideas post (Light and Privacy: Ideas for Bathroom Window Treatments), I showed some examples of frosted windows. You can get decorative window panes, even stained glass, or you can simply buy frosted film that can stick over your existing windows (6).

Another way of closing off your windows, while still letting natural light in, is to use shutters. You can get ones that have slats that can be adjusted. Or there are more decorative shutters, seen in picture (7). Bamboo blinds also look great, and let slivers of light through. 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

More bedroom mood board design posts:

April 15, 2014 in Bedroom

Light and Privacy: Ideas for Bathroom Window Treatments

Bathroom Window Treatments Ideas

In the bathroom, you want to have as much natural light bathing the space during the day. But at the same time you don’t want to feel as if you are on display. Here are some bathroom window treatments that create the right balance of light and privacy.

Window Placement

If you put the windows up high (above head height), you’ll be able to keep them open and not worry about privacy. Go with a long window high up just like in picture (1). Or go with a small rectangle sized window, but at head height (2).  Porthole bathroom windows are another good window option for privacy.  You could also go for a skylight, but just placing a normal window above head height works. This also works if you wanted windows in your shower area.

How about going vertical? Check out the window in picture (3). It is a thin vertical window, placed alongside the sink – out of the way from where people would be getting in and out of the shower.

Frosted Window Covering Ideas 

A common way of adding privacy to bathroom windows is to have the glass frosted (4). You can go with glass frosted windows. Or you can buy a bathroom window privacy film that sticks over your existing window panes. These frosted windows or window film stick ons can come in a plain frost, or you can find decorative designs – seen in picture (5). Or if you want to add some colors to your windows you could always go for stained glass.

Window Privacy Film Designs

A Sand Film: $18.11 Wayfair   |   B Blue Cubix Film: $20.99 Wayfair   |   C Peacock Film: $21.14 Wayfair

D Leaf Privacy Film: $23.98 Amazon   |   E Bamboo Window Film: $20.99 Amazon   |   F Mosaic: $15 Amazon

Another way of getting frosted glass is to use glass blocks. I wasn’t a fan of them until I saw the window in picture (6). It uses two different glass block sizes to create a good looking pattern. For me, using only one sized block feels too much like a public restroom.

Bathroom Window Curtains, Blinds and Shutters

A great way of adding privacy to the bathroom with curtains and also let day light shine through, is to hang a curtain halfway down the window (or where head height would be) (7).

Other curtain ideas include using light weight fabric that lets light pass through. You can see the light shining through the curtains in picture (8).

Bamboo blinds and shades also let slivers of light shine through, plus they look great. You can also get the traditional style white metal blinds that are adjustable. Shutters are another option. You can get shutters that have slats that can be adjusted, and ones that are divided so you can close off the bottom half while keeping the top half open. You can also get more decorative shutters like the ones in picture (9). 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

More bathroom mood board posts:

April 2, 2014 in Bathroom

Window Treatment Style: Shabby Chic Curtains, Rods, and Tie Backs

Shabby Chic Curtains Ideas

Style Ideas

White is a classic curtain choice for a shabby chic room. These can be combined with more decorative tie backs (talked about below) for added style. Other colors to go for include pastel shades like mint, yellow, pink, or cream.

Other simple shabby chic curtains include fabrics with a floral pattern on it. Again, go for a shabby chic color palette (white, mint, cream, pink). A patchwork or quilt of different fabrics will also look good as a curtain for a shabby chic room – seen in picture (1).

For more formal looking shabby chic curtain ideas go with:

  • Ruffled curtain panels (2)
  • Lace fabric (3)
  • Crochet curtains (4)
  • Layered fabrics (5)

Curtain Tie Backs

How you tie back the curtains adds to the style of the room. For a shabby chic look, why not go with an antique door knob. Some other DIY ideas include using costume jewellery (6) or creating a flower tie back (7).

Shabby Chic Window Treatments

Here are some ideas for a complete shabby chic window treatment:

  • For the curtain rod, go with a rustic wooden one just like in picture (8).
  • Another idea would be to go with decorative, metal, french style curtain rods or curtain brackets (9).
  • If you go for a curtain style such as lace and want more privacy, then white wooden shutters will look good (10).
  • There is also the option of going down the chipped paint route. Using chipped painted (or white washed) wooden shutters or window frames.


More Shabby Chic Mood Boards:

March 6, 2014 in Design Styles

Decorating The Windows With These Kitchen Curtain Ideas

Kitchen Curtain Ideas Mood Board

Here are some different curtains styles you can use in the kitchen.

Divide: Break up the window space. Have a half curtain on the bottom of the window for privacy, and keep the top open or have decorative valances. A valance adds some shade but is more of a decorative feature.

Layering: Use a combination of white blinds and curtains to have more control of the sun light coming through and privacy.

Styles: If you want a more modern style then look for straight curtains with no added decorative parts (like the yellow and white ones above – think IKEA curtains). Traditional curtains are more decorative, drape like, with tie backs and valances (French Kitchen Décor and Designs Mood Board).

An important thing to keep in mind when looking at these kitchen curtain ideas is that the color and style you choose will impact the overall color palette of the room. So you’ll want to make sure they don’t clash with the color and design of the cabinets, walls, floors, etc. Have a look here for different kitchen color ideas and schemes: A Palette Guide for Kitchen Color Schemes: Decor and Paint Ideas1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

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