Updating the windows of your house can make your home seem brighter, cleaner and more modern and you don’t have to drop a ton of dough to make it happen; these upgrades are mostly DIY and will cost you very little to install. Save your precious moolah for what really matters, like a memory-making trip with the family or a new car, and try these easy, affordable tricks to make your windows pop!
1. Café Curtains
Café curtains are the ultimate window dressing for quaint, cozy kitchens; they bring back nostalgic memories of warm cafes and diners and friendly people. Give your kitchen a lovely boost with easy-to-make café curtains: simply pick a bright patterned fabric, follow this easy sewing tutorial, and hang halfway up your windows with a tension rod. You’ll have enough privacy from neighbors, but tons of natural sunlight to brighten up your kitchen.
2. Roman Blinds
Roman blinds are an inexpensive way to bring life back to tired, old windows. They come in tons of different shades and fabrics, and add the warmth of standard curtains without the messy look. There are even cordless options for homes with children and pets. These affordable blinds are custom-made and are an easy way to brighten up any room.
3. Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains are so easy to install and cost as little as a couple of Venti Lattes from Starbucks. They are a lovely option for bedrooms and living rooms, because they offer just enough privacy while letting in natural sunlight. Simply hook them up to a tension rod, and your room will have the airy, bright feel of a beach house.
4. Painted Sills
One of the easiest way to perk up windows is to sand and repaint the sills. You probably still have enough paint, so all you need to invest is your time (and muscle). With a little elbow grease, your windows will look fresh and feel new again. You can even paint the inside sills a bright color other than white to give your windows a unique, framed look.
5. Good Clean
Another simple way to freshen up windows is to give them a good clean that even your mother wouldn’t be able to criticize. Make it a fun weekend project for the family (you may have to bribe the kids) and scrub the dirt from the windows inside and out. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference a good clean can make, and you’ll love how much brighter your whole house seems.
6. Napkin Rings
Make your curtains feel new simply by adding unique napkin rings—for just a few bucks from any home décor store. Gather the curtains together and slide the napkin rings on, and voila! Fancy drapery ties without the fancy price tag.
Bring life to your windows with a little love from your green thumb; line your window sills with plants and fresh herbs on the inside or outside for a practical twist on traditional window dressings. Fresh herbs will taste amazing in your cooking, and the plants work to freshen the air in your home. Plus, flowers are so cheerful and vibrant that the whole tone of the room will brighten.
8. Seasonal Curtains
A fun and inexpensive DIY project is seasonal curtains; you can change your curtains every time you feel like it with very little effort. A simple sewing tutorial can show you how to transform patterned fabric into curtains or heavy drapes, so you can mix it up every time the weather changes! Bring some holiday cheer to your home with winter patterns, or welcome the spring with flowered curtains. The fabric store will quickly become your wonderland!