Looking for a way to spruce up a room for the spring season without the hassle of a complete makeover? Give any space a quick face lift with new curtains.
Window treatments can either fade into the background, or stand out in a crowded room. Just as the right accessories (like rods and finials) can make a statement, the fabric makes an even bigger one. Get whatever luxurious look you’re dreaming up, for a cost that won’t give you nightmares.
Fabrics That Only Look Rich
Shop these websites. You’ll need about 7 yards for two 84″ panels.
A huge range of affordable, high-quality linens in hundreds of colors.
Judy linen in winterfresh blue, $9.50 per yard
If you’re looking for a print, this is the place. You can even upload your own design and have it printed on fabric.
Crosscriss by Holli Zollinger, from $16 per yard
Traditional, modern, and everything in between. And with weekly coupons, prices that can’t be beat.
Baretta Seaside by Home Essentials, $10 per yard
This warehouse buys surplus fabric, then passes the wholesale price on to you.
Mirage medallion citrus, $23 per yard
Designer fabrics, including exclusive lines, at a discount. To save even more, watch the clearance sections and sign up for email coupons.
Soho Outdoor in sorbet, $14 per yard
Punch Up Plain Panels
Try this easy way to fake the look of pricey window treatments: Buy inexpensive panels and add your own trim.
The DIY decorators at HGTV Magazine used an $11 faux linen curtain from Kmart and updated it with trim. You can find ribbon and other trim for as little as $1 a yard at cheaptrims.com or trimexpoonline.com. Sew, hot glue, or iron it on with hem tape, like Stitch Witchery.
Excerpt originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.