For me, there are two elements that can really make or break a space in terms of making it feel cozy, and complete – window treatments and fabulous lighting.  Unfortunately, not everyone has room in their budget for custom curtains or Roman shades, but thankfully, there is a pretty good selection of extra long length curtain panels available today that help create a soft, luxurious feel without spending big bucks to have them custom made.  There are a bunch of ways to dress up store-bought window panels but my favorite is to add banding with contrasting fabric, ribbon or decorative trim. Here are some beautiful examples that won’t break your piggy bank!

Designer Steven Gambrel added bold stripes, reminiscent of a naval uniform, in deep, dark blue to window treatments in his Manhattan apartment for a graphic pop of color and interest:

White banding looks so crisp agains khaki linen curtain panels in this bathroom by Tracery Interiors:

The lavender and khaki bands of fabric added to the bottom of crisp white linen window treatments in this bedroom by Suzanne Kasler has been on my inspiration board for years.  It’s the perfect way to add soft, subtle color to an all-white room (and is a great way to add length to store-bought curtains that don’t reach the floor!)

Simple grosgrain ribbon adds a beautiful contrast to these Kelly green Roman shades in a little boy’s room, via:

Bold black stripes add a graphic punch to any space:

I love how the banding on these curtains matches exactly with the painted stripes on the wall:

The banded detail on the bottom of the window treatments in this home via Traditional Home, extends up the length, as well, for a tailored, elegant feel:

Banded linen curtain panels in this Jennifer Dyer-designed bedroom:

What is your favorite way to dress up store-bought curtains?

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  1. Kate on September 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    If I could afford it, I'd put greek key trim tape on the leading edge of every single curtain in my house 🙂 Maybe I'll suck it up and pay out the loot to do it in one room some day. In the meantime, I have used bias tape from Joann's on curtains before. Cheap and easy!

  2. Kelly Stivers on September 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    And I bet it looks just as fabulous, Kate! 🙂

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