Curtains are one of the most important aspects of interior design. They make a big impact on the look of a room because they occupy a great deal of the square footage. Changing the draperies themselves can mean a big investment in time and money, so if you're searching for a fresh new look on a budget, consider trimming your curtains instead of replacing them. Whether you're making a child's room cheerful, a living room cosy or a bedroom romantic, the curtain trim possibilities are unlimited.
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Add Some Fabric
You can change the look of your windows entirely by adding a flourish to the top of the curtains with contrasting fabric. Drape a vintage tablecloth corner-side-down over the curtain rod so that the tablecloth comes to a point in the centre of the curtain. Loosely gather a long strip of gauze, netting or silky fabric and centre it over the top of the curtain rod; pull one side down to form a swag over the curtain top and let the ends cascade down the sides of the window. (Use safety pins to secure the fabric to the curtain top, once you have arranged it to your liking.) Pin cotton bandannas by one corner across the top edge of the curtain, and then pin their adjacent corners together so that they hang down in a diamond-shaped border. If you have a collection of crocheted doilies or runners, tack them to the edges of the curtains or make a medallion-like design with them in the centre of the panels.
It's very easy to add a border to a curtain---if you don't sew, you can affix the trim with fabric glue or fusible webbing---and it changes the look of the window immediately. Add a cheery print ribbon border to kitchen curtains that features cherries, flowers or chicks. Put a few lines of giant rick-rack on your bathroom curtains and add matching rows to the shower curtain for even more impact. Add an elegant detail to the look of your living room by adding a line of flat braid along the bottom and sides of the curtain; choose a braid that will pick up a colour from your wallpaper or upholstery fabric. Make bedroom windows romantic by adding a deep lace ruffle or long silk fringe to the edges of the curtains; this is especially pretty if you tie the curtains back.
Glam up your windows---add some sparkle to the curtains in unexpected ways. You can liven up that drab pinch-pleat look by sewing huge shiny buttons to the bases of the pleats. If you have cafe#xE9;-tab curtains, tie perky ribbon bows around the tabs. The curtains in a teen's room can display his collection of funny lapel pins, while in a child's room you can use the curtains as an ever-changing art display: simply clip her latest paintings to the top of the curtain panels with colourful spring clothespins. Any curtain can benefit from a tie-back, whether it's an elaborate silk-rope affair in the library, a silk-flower lei in the bathroom or a string of crystal beads in the dining room. Finish it off with a tassel or a lavish ribbon bow.
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