This post is part of a 31 day series – “31 days to decorate your home on a budget.” You can read all the posts in this series here.
Curtains, drapes, etc. – are one of the hardest things for me in decorating my house! It shouldn’t be, but for some reason, it is! For a couple reasons: I am very indecisive, store-bought curtains are expensive, and fabric can be expensive too!
But when I finally decide and finally find something affordable, I LOVE them!
These are the curtains that I have in my living room.
I wanted to add a pop of red in my living room, couldn’t find any material I liked, but I did find some curtain panels at Target that I loved. BUT, they were $29.99 a panel and I needed FOUR . NOT in the budget at all!
I even bought one and brought it home “just to see if it worked” and of course I loved it, but they were a little too wide/had too much material.
When I returned the panel back to the store, I checked the curtains again and they were marked down to $14.98 a panel – woohoo! Gotta love Target clearance! And I figured out that I could take 1 panel and cut it in half longwise making one panel into TWO panels! So I bought 2 panels for $30 total, split them into FOUR panels, and I love them! And $30 for 4 panels – very budget friendly!
Here are the curtains in my eat-in kitchen.
Crushed voile sheers bought at Kohl’s with a 30% coupon for $6.29 each/ $25.16 for all four. Once again, in my budget! I can pin them to the side like the above picture, or have them hanging in the middle of the window like this…
(sorry for the awful picture! this was taken about 4 years ago and boy am I glad I don’t take pictures like that anymore!)
Now some more inspiration pictures for you!
I am loving these painted curtains from Reckless Glamour. (You just MIGHT be seeing something like this soon in my house.)
I am being drawn more and more to bold colors and patterns for curtains – love these! Of course they are from 6th Street Designs who is an Interior Designer, so what is not to love! :) (Want some inspiration – head over and check out her house tour page.)
And here are 3 tips on how to hang your curtains to make your ceilings look higher, your windows larger, and your curtains more designer-looking:
- Hang them HIGH. Don’t hang the rod the same height as the window, hang it quite a few inches above.
- Hang them LONG. Don’t make your curtains too short. They shouldn’t just skim the floor, they should “puddle” just a little.
- Hang them WIDE. Your rod should extend way past the edge of the window so that your curtains are actually hanging more over the wall then over the window. Let the sun shine in!
This picture from Pottery Barn demonstrates all 3 tips – see I told you, designer!
Alison, at House of Hepworth’s just posted a great tutorial on how to make your own lined curtain panels.
I am in the process of looking for/making curtains for my dining room so we will be talking about this subject again very soon!
(Update: My dining room is done and so are the curtains. You can see details in my before/after Dining room post.)
How you accessorize your house with curtains on a budget?