10 Easy Ideas for Making Budget Curtains Look More Expensive

10 Easy Ideas for Making Budget Curtains Look More Expensive

Katie Holdefehr
Oct 18, 2016
(Image credit: Blue Door Living)

Finding inexpensive curtains is relatively easy—IKEA's popular VIVAN curtains, for example, are just $10 for a pair of panels—but these affordable options are typically made of basic, boring fabric. But, after a dip-dye bath or a gold-leafing treatment, these steals will look like they're worth a triple-figure price tag.

Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. unleashed the potential of plain white IKEA curtain panels by folding them and dipping the edges in a bucket of Denim RIT Dye. The results were so stunning, she decided to dye a pillow cover and a table runner, too.

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(Image credit: The Gathered Home)

These gilded curtains are as luxe as they look. The golden details at the top were created by The Gathered Home using real gold leaf.

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(Image credit: Hunted Interior)
(Image credit: Hunter Interior)

Upgrading the curtain rod can have as dramatic an effect as decorating the curtains themselves. Hunted Interior proves this by attaching a stylish lucite rod to the wall using these chic brass center posts.

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Emily Henderson gave sheer white curtains a subtle pop of pattern by stenciling just the bottom of the panel. Painting just the lower portion of the curtain prevents the print from becoming overwhelming—and makes the project much easier.

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Inspired by all the beautiful brass hooks at the hardware store, designer Annie Selke fashioned this curtain tie out of white cotton rope and metal finds from A.W. Baldwin & Co., a 140-year-old hardware store in West Stockbridge, MA.

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Here's another pretty tie back that threatens to steal the show from your curtains. For the Makers sent Design*Sponge the supplies to craft this beaded and tasseled tie back, which can be created using any color thread you like.

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Curtains that fall just a little short of the floor are a sure sign that they weren't made for that space. A Beautiful Mess's no-sew solution: Use fabric glue to attach wide lacy trim so the panels graze the floorboards.

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Holly from My Sister's Suitcase cut the metallic triangles above from gold heat transfer vinyl using a Silhouette machine, but you can also snip them out with scissors.

Another take on the dip-dyed effect, just the bottom quarter of these drapes were dunked to give them a shibori-inspired look. Find the how-to on Michael Penney Style, which he created for House & Home Magazine.

A simple strand of pom-pom trim transforms boring white curtains into something out of an Anthropologie catalog (also lead image above). Blue Door Living made the ones above using fabric glue, so you won't have to haul your sewing machine out of storage.

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