By Elly Leavitt

Published on March 9, 2017

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Photography by ALAN CORDIC

Window treatments are an important and often overlooked aspect of a space. They can be something of a necessity —privacy is key— but they can also be a golden opportunity to showcase your style. Go modern with sleek blinds or pay homage to your favorite vintage models with more luxurious drapes. Finding the accent piece to complement your living space adds that final touch that pulls the whole thing together. Show your windows some TLC with these refreshing decor ideas.

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Gone are the days when blinds conjure up memories of cheap, plastic dorm room decor. Wood-based blinds can instantly modernize a space, while instilling a clean cut finish to a complementary scheme.  

The Shade Store, Wood Blinds in Light Cherry

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If you’re looking to spice up an all-neutral room, an easy way to do so is by going bold with your shades. These sunset-colored Roman Shades instantly add warmth.

The Shade Store, Diane Von Furstenberg Collection in “Sunset”

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Alternatively, skip the curtains altogether and infuse color directly into the windows themselves. This bright paint instantly lights up the kitchen!

Bristol Paint, Yves Klein Blue

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Modern decorating is all about that natural light, so let it shine through with light-toned shades rolled up during the day for maximum impact. This cozy reading nook offers every opportunity to bask in that sunshine.

Pottery Barn, Harper Blackout Cordless Roman Shade in “Gray”

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Here’s an easy DIY to instantly lend a rustic feel to your window sills just in time for spring: wash out old glass bottles and fill with your favorite flowers. It’s an affordable decor change you can easily refresh each season.

Crate & Barrel, Airtight Glass Bottle

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Short on space? Use your window sill as a makeshift nightstand! The sleek light fixture is both practical and stylish.

 

IKEA, Ranarp Work Lamp

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If your windows form an awkward corner, pop a round table in the middle of the area to fill the space and dress it up with a functional piece.

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How fun is the pom pom detailing on this curtain? Paired with an arrow curtain rod and hanging planters, the overall effect is laid-back and casual.

Urban Outfitters, Magical Thinking Pompom Curtain in “Grey”

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Speaking of hanging planters, they’re a great way to display everything from seasonal decor to, well, actual plants. Hang yours in front of a window to ensure your greenery is getting maximum sunlight. 

HomArt Hanging Bubble

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Why decide on just one color for your curtains? This room perfectly demonstrates how vibrant colors can work to pull together a room, instead of clashing.

The Silk Trading Co., Como Silk in “Terracotta” and “Tomato”

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These botanical-themed curtains make the perfect statement, fitting in with the bold and daring scheme of the kitchenette. 

CB2, Cayman Curtain Panel

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This spot is a bohemian dream, from the intricately-woven crochet window treatment to the succulents and mini cacti on the sill. 

Urban Outfitters, Crochet Portal in “Cream”

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Photography by KATE MARKER INTERIORS

There’s something so timeless about buffalo checks, and these drapes illustrate how the pattern can elevate a room with one simple addition. Dress up your windows with checkered panels that complement the colors of the room.

Ballard Designs, Buffalo Check Drapery Panel in “Gray”

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The best thing about windows is the view the provide, so optimize their potential by putting a seat directly in front. This hanging chair makes great use of the window nook; plus, the single-seating approach guarantees you the best seat in the house.