WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

30 Days, 30 Tips to Budget Friendly Home Decor - Day 5

Oops! I'm a day late on my Tip 5 post! Sorry :-(
This tips is worth the wait however! If you can only spend money on one thing to add panache to your space, this is where I recommend you invest. WINDOWS!
Day 5 - Tip 5:
Window Treatments
Kim Myles of the popular HGTV show, Myles of Style is quoted as saying:
"Window are like your room's eyes. They look fine natural, but a bit of mascara always makes them pop."
I love that analogy. I totally agree with Kim. From personal experience I've seen what a simple change out of window treatments can do for the entire room. The fabric and pattern you use can set the tone for your space and determine the rooms style. Because we use windows as focal points, it's a great move to embellish them in a manner that will add a wow factor to the room. Bold color, graphic patterns, fabrics with a sheen can create that "umphf" we all long for.
Here's some tips:
1. If your windows are small, extend your curtain rods as far past the sides of your window as possible.
2. Hang your panels to the side of the window.
3. Leave all but the edges of window exposed, thus creating a look of a larger window.
4. If your room has low ceilings, hang your curtain rods as high as possible.
5. This will give your room a grand appearance.
6. Layering your windows with a variety of textures adds warmth and depth. Bamboo shades behind Damask or Toile panels is a classic look that can be applied to formal rooms or casual rooms.
7. Window treatments DO NOT have to cost a lot of money. Search closeouts at stores like Marshalls, HomeGoods, Ross, and TJMaxx. Target also has a great selection of panels, sheers and shades. Shop their clearance shelves. If you find something you like but there isn't enough panels to treat your windows, ask the Customer Service desk to call another store near by. Most of the time they will have what you need and will hold it for you until you can pick it up.
Later today I will post Tip 6 to get us back on track. Until then.
Happy Decorating!


Lady Katherine said...

I loved this post. I am in the middle of making toile curtains, for my dining room and trying to decide if I want to be able to totally cover the windows or side panels as I have now. I have sheer in between the blinds. I may just stay with my side panels! I love the open feeling it gives you to the outdoors and the light!

Melanie said...

The last picture is my favorite look.

"Blossom" said...

Great tips for when I get to that guest bedroom redo.

Blondie's Journal said...

Funny that when you look at rooms in BH&G and other home decor magazines, they rarely show any curtains or drapes. It seems they want the focus elsewhere...

Love your blog, but never see your comments...


Robin @ The Rendered Nest said...

You are so right! Fabric window treatments make a home seem so much more cozy!

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

I agree, I'm a window freak. I think windows make a room and a house... xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

southerninspiration said...

I agree; so why have I left my master bedroom windows naked for so long???????? I need a plan!



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