Blinds have long been a favorite window dressing for homes through the years. These days they have made a comeback, coming out in styles, colors and sizes that will match any home or office interior, giving the room nice clean lines and energy saving benefits. Because blinds are so versatile, they can be used with any type of style, even styles that require frilly or intricate looks. Blinds normally fit flush within the window frame, or they may sit nicely above covering the window giving the occupants within the home the best in privacy. But just because you adequately cover the windows with blinds does not mean you cannot also add to them, to expand on the decor and style. Here are some ideas to pair with blinds.
Scarves. Window scarves are made from various materials, from sheer see-through polyesters to silks to just about any material or fabric that allows for easy “flowing.” These scarves can match the color scheme of the room perfectly. They can also match the fabric of the room (where appropriate). Scarves can be draped over large hooks or brackets, they can be looped through carved holes in wood, or they can be tied decoratively in the corners. Corners can be made poufy with the material, or use sprigs of silk greenery and flowers. Tie back with cords and ribbons.
Valances. These come in a multitude of colors and fabrics and can match the decor perfectly. Normally, a valance above a window will soften the look. Create a valance out of different fabrics, from netting to sheers to fabrics that are used in cushion covers and throw pillows. Create a seasonal look by making a valance to match the holiday or season. It is amazing to see how much adding a strip of fabric above a window will change the look and atmosphere of the room.
Using other items. If the blinds are on the window of a child’s room, take some Velcro strips and run down the outside of the window. Put the opposing part of the Velcro on the backs of small stuff animals, and stick them up around the window. The window is framed with cute stuff animals. Do likewise for other rooms in the home. A kitchen window can be “framed” with wine labels, or string together spice cans, or plastic fruits and peppers. Use these in place of valances and or scarves.