Curtain Call: 12 Nifty Window Dressings for the Modern Home
Whether you use binoculars to stare through them for hours a day or just let the morning sun seep in and wake you up, your windows are part of your daily life. And regardless of what drab landscape may lie outside of them, they can always be dressed to the nines on the inside. We’re always looking to find ways to liven up your home from glow-in-the-dark wallpaper to the mixtape coffee table. So with window fashions on the brain, we gathered a dozen of the coolest and most creative curtains out there. Take a look!
1. 35mm Camera Slides Curtain: We’re fans of any design that incorporates photography and up-cycling. This window covering allows light in through the old film slides and literally decorates your home with memories.
2. ASCII Curtain: It seems that ASCII art is gaining some traction in pop culture – and we’re not complaining! This conversation piece looks like a pleasant tree branch but fully appreciating it requires a closer look.
3. Island Bead Curtain Panel: Granted, a curtain comprised sparingly of wooden beads won’t block out the sun for your afternoon naps. But this is an understated look that would work great on a small window.
4. The “Better View” Curtain: Maybe you really don’t have a view worth staring out at while you ponder existence. This window covering lets you cover whatever hideousness lies outside and it’s cut-outs create a nighttime skyline.
5. Fitted Door Curtain: If your grandmother’s flowing and billowing curtains and valance aren’t your idea of modern window fashions, try this modern, fitted look. The curtain panels are stretched taut to the door frame and soften the light coming through.
6. Organic Hemp Curtain: Made from 100% organically-grown European hemp, this curtain will keep your home inviting and warm and your conscience clear.
7. Hex Divider Curtain: It may look like your old grade school paper snowflakes but this room divider curtain from Japanese designer Hiroshi Tsunoda is far from elementary. The individual hexagonal pieces snap together so you can create any shape you’d like so you can use the curtain to partition a room or hang as wall art.
8. The LED Curtain: A sheer organza curtain with 288 long-life LEDs will electrify whatever room it resides. Note: Your guests may ask for clarification when you tell them your draperies plug into the wall.
9. The Magnetic 3D Mesh Curtain: If your furniture and decorations give your home personality, then this window dressing is for the boldest and bravest personalities out there. Because of its magnetic mesh skeleton, this curtain will hold whatever shape you give it – from a waving flag to a Frank Gehry crumpled piece of paper.
10. Infrared Controlled Motorized Draperies: If you have some more conservative tastes but can still appreciate technology when it’s useful, you’ll appreciate the IR automatic draperies. You can open and close with the press of a button, even when you’re rooms away.
11. The Super Sheer Curtain Panel: And we do mean super sheer. If a bright room with lots of naturally lighting is your thing, then this sheer curtain is your thing.
12. Suede Soundproof Curtain: A new spin on the elegant drapery. Made of suede and customized to block out sound, this decoration may be the difference between a good night’s sleep and listening to the traffic noise all night.
So could you adorn your windows with what looks like a crumpled piece of paper, another city’s skyline, or your own film slides? How could you not? Let us know what your favorite window design was by leaving a comment or check us out on Twitter.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)