DIY Kitchen Window Treatments

DIY window covering ideas can use everyday materials in unexpected ways to make a tremendous impact on your kitchen.

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By: Lauren West

Ordinary window coverings can work for just about any window style or size. DIY kitchen window treatments can be the best way to express your personal style. Hand-crafted window covering ideas that use everyday materials in unexpected ways can make a tremendous impact on your kitchen.

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Window treatments do not need to be expensive to look nice. There are many different kinds of options that can involve a fusion of existing treatments or the creation of your own window decorations through a DIY project. The shape and style of window, along with a budget, will help you determine the scope of the project

Curtains, drapes and shades are easy treatments with which to make a visual impact in the kitchen since our eyes are naturally drawn to the light already. Consider adding pattern and color, perhaps a fabulous print to liven things up. Choose a neutral, grounding fabric or material if you are after a clean, crisp contemporary or modern feeling. Doing a search online is a great way to visually inspire and ignite your imagination.

If privacy is a concern, look for screening materials that let you see out and allow some daylight to pass while blocking views from the outside; consider making Roman shades and roller shades using translucent or woven materials, or try sheer fabric, rod-pocket curtain panels. Frosted vinyl is also a simple, affordable solution that takes acrylic paint well. Frosted vinyl is a good design fix for windows that require both privacy and light.

Where privacy is not an issue, a swag of patterned fabric draped over a single window can also make a statement. Consider no-sew—burlap, bed linens, bathroom curtains, fabric napkins, floor-length drapery panels hung horizontally, beads, just to name a few. This is the opportunity for creativity to shine.

Do you have big windows or are you dealing with odd shapes? Floor-length curtain panels are ideal and offer opportunity for color and pattern when framing a large bay window or French doors.

Valances and cornices are like accent marks over windows you want to showcase. Asymmetrical applications could be wood or fabric, offering a more modern feeling to the kitchen.

Unique ideas can be simple. Curtain rods can be a secured pipe spanning an entire wall to achieve grandeur and openness. Tree-branches fixed over the windows bring nature in and act as a decorative valance or rod.

For the most personalized effect, choose resources that express your lifestyle: materials, texture, colors and design. DIY kitchen window solutions add just the right amount of personalization to finish your custom kitchen window treatments.

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