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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Window Treatments Can Change The Whole Mood Of A Room

I was looking back at some old pictures of our house & I was surprised at how much window coverings can change the mood of a room.

For example, this was my husband's office before we needed to use it for a nursery.
 Notice the dark brown roller blinds we used on the window.  
When the blinds broke in this room we decided to replace them with this style because it matched the room well & the cost fit our budget at the time. 
This is the same space now...
  Of course we changed the paint color & added some woodwork on the walls, but look at how much brighter the window looks!  We replaced the dark brown roller blinds with a white one.  
Then we added the cute valence above it.  
It turned out great!  
My dream is to have plantation shutters some day, but I have realized the roller blinds are so much easier to clean!  I did a whole post on cleaning blinds if you'd like to see it here.  They just don't seem to get near as dusty as my wood blinds!

Here is one more example of how window treatments changed the mood of our master bedroom.  
This is the before...
Notice the dark red curtains...
Don't you love the color? 
 It's funny looking back how much I loved this style!
Here is how the room looks now...
Once again, it's amazing how the mood of the room changed just by replacing the bedding & window treatments.  It's so much brighter now!  You can get all of the details of what I changed in the room HERE.
I love looking back at old pictures & seeing the changes we've made over the years.  It's so fun to see what was once so popular & comparing it to the styles of today.
For now, I'll continue dreaming about plantation shutters in my living room!  Hopefully someday I'll be able to show a before & after of that for you too!
I also found some inspiration photos at
The site is actually from a business called Melbourne Blind Company.  It has a picture gallery & a section that shows you how to measure for blinds correctly.  I thought it was very informative & helpful!


  1. You are so right about the window treatments making such a difference. I use white on my window a lot!

  2. That is so true! We are slowly budget allowing replacing all our uggo mini blinds with curtains. It makes such a difference in a room!

  3. I was blown away by the transformation on your first example, Sally! In the first picture, the room looked completely lifeless, mainly because there’s no light going into the room. Upon installing the new windows (and the other changes), the room appeared to be very warm and accommodating. The difference is so huge, it’s almost impossible to think that they are the same room.

  4. Hi, new follower here from Market Yourself Mondays. It's so true, it's amazing if you're tight on funds, but want to do a little re-vamp, new window treatments are a solution! I love your master bedroom by the way :)

  5. Love the new look for your room and congrats on the baby (better than window treatments!)and window treatments are so easy to make yourself. Check out my tutorial on valances if you get a chance.
    Your master is beautiful.
    Linda at the French Hen's Nest.

  6. Window treatements... It can change everything and that's why I find them very dofficult to choose... But from your post I xould say the lighter the better!

  7. Wow! The transformation was great. I really like the outcome. I am imagining my self lying in that bed. So fabulous and I think that was fit to my condo :D. Thanks.

  8. Glad you noticed that. ;] Airy, cozy, romantic or elegant. Any mood can be conveyed in a room merely by focusing on window treatments. This is the trick, especially if you don’t have a well-designed window. The master bedroom looks better now, by the way. With the light freely coming into the room, it looks softer and lighter. ;]

  9. Your choice of color will have a say as to how the design of your house will look like. It's a good thing that you opted for lighter colors for your windows as these will invite more light inside the room. In that way, the window can serve its purpose, which is basically bringing light in. :)

  10. So, after four years, you’ve had a wonderful bedroom transformation! Nice one! I really liked what you did with your window. Also, the curtain that you put up, made your room brighter. You know, the brighter the room, the fresher it looks! ;) It’s really inviting!