5 Alternatives to Basic Window Coverings

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My motto for the things that I buy is that I can only get something if I am obsessed with it. I really don't want anything in my house or closet that I don't love because that item just gets pushed to the side and takes up space. This principle applies to EVERYTHING in my house, even the window coverings!

 As I'm sure you have gathered from previous posts, I am passionate about home decor and design and feel life is too short to not be crazy about your space. One detail in a space that can make it cozy, airy, and inviting is the window covering. 

As some of you know (if you are signed up for my newsletter), Chay and I are moving once again (I'll explain for those of you who are new to my blog in a post very soon!)! After having been in Redondo Beach for a year and 3 months (but who's counting?), we realized we really wanted to be in LA again. However,  a couple months ago this option wasn't really on the table and I was getting really tired of our old school windows with ugly dust collecting white cardboard shades. I finally got around to ordering my dream black iron curtain rods with white linen drapes for the main rooms as well as bamboo roll down shades for the bedrooms . Of course, shortly thereafter an amazing home pops up that is perfect for us, but thankfully we can use these coverings in the new house. 

I can't tell you what a difference it made to have these gorgeous curtains and rods up. It seems silly to say but it made all the difference in the way the room felt. All of a sudden, it went from being a kinda quirky space to a polished and inviting one. I also learned a few tricks! Here are some tips I learned from my hunt for the perfect window coverings.

1. If you have the wall space above the window, hang the curtains from the highest point possible to make the windows feel bigger and the ceiling feel taller.

2. Have the drapes kiss the floor. Meaning, for a more streamlined home, dont allow them to drape or gather, or be visibly floating above the ground. 

3. Pottery Barn has gorgeous white linen drapes and curtain rods! I don't normally shop here but was so happy with their window covering game.

4. Bamboo shades are a really affordable option for stylish rooms that want some warmth but also feel light and airy.

5. Curtain rings really elevate a space and make the drapery feel that much more substantial. However, they are expensive and add up really fast. So these would be best if you're really planning on investing.

See below for 5 Window Covering Options I LOVE and why:

5 Window Covering options

 I love a simple and modern roll down shade for a sleek home. If you want a less traditional option, this is it. We had these types of shades at our last home and they are so clean looking. They roll down when you want less sun, and they roll up and virtually disappear when you don't!

I love a simple and modern roll down shade for a sleek home. If you want a less traditional option, this is it. We had these types of shades at our last home and they are so clean looking. They roll down when you want less sun, and they roll up and virtually disappear when you don't!

 I love the look and functionality of bamboo roll down shades behind beautiful linen drapes. Not only do the two materials look great paired together, they are also very efficient at controlling the amount of natural light you want. If it's just a little, you can do just bamboo! I think it looks so pretty!

I love the look and functionality of bamboo roll down shades behind beautiful linen drapes. Not only do the two materials look great paired together, they are also very efficient at controlling the amount of natural light you want. If it's just a little, you can do just bamboo! I think it looks so pretty!

 The  bamboo roll down shades alone are also gorgeous and let in such gorgeous twinkly light. It creates a great ambiance and softens the vibe of any room. I got these for our Redondo Beach home and love them!

The  bamboo roll down shades alone are also gorgeous and let in such gorgeous twinkly light. It creates a great ambiance and softens the vibe of any room. I got these for our Redondo Beach home and love them!

 I have been a huge fan of these modern ceiling track drapes. They make the room feel taller and bigger and feel very chic. I feel like these are drapes you would see in a very upscale hotel or in a super cool Hollywood Hills home. Also, see how they just kiss the floor?

I have been a huge fan of these modern ceiling track drapes. They make the room feel taller and bigger and feel very chic. I feel like these are drapes you would see in a very upscale hotel or in a super cool Hollywood Hills home. Also, see how they just kiss the floor?

 Ahhh Roman Shades. I love them. I think they instantly elevate the look of a room and add a huge sense of design. Roman shades also come in lots of fun patterns and fabrics too, so you can go all out or keep it more subdued. Either way, both options are gorgeous.

Ahhh Roman Shades. I love them. I think they instantly elevate the look of a room and add a huge sense of design. Roman shades also come in lots of fun patterns and fabrics too, so you can go all out or keep it more subdued. Either way, both options are gorgeous.

Since Chay and I are moving, home decor and design is on my mind more than usual and this topic is front and center for me! These styles have caught my eye over and over again, so I thought I would post about my personal preferences for my own home. I think these styles also translate well into more traditional homes as well as modern homes. See below for some of my favorite options!

Comment below and let me know your favorite style and what you would use in your home!

xo, Kim

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