4 Unusual Window Covers That Make a Statement

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Image: Minotti

It’s something we all have to think about and deal with: window coverings. (I won’t say window “treatments” because that sounds vaguely medical to me—and a little disturbing?!) Personally, I think figuring out how to handle windows in your home can be a great creative outlet. If you’re stumped at which direction to turn, here are a few ideas.

1. Sideways Slats

Running thin wooden—or even metal—slats vertically, as is shown above, makes for a very effective screen. It doesn’t allow for full privacy, but a fashionable (if partial) sun and visual block. Hang these using barn door fittings on a track above the window, and you can open and close them as well.

2. Flags

Flag Window Covering

Image: Michael Grayson for Tronto Life, via Atelier 688

While it doesn’t look intended to be a window covering solution in the above image, using that Union Jack is a terrific and stylish idea. One flag the right size could work – but why not use several? Mixing flags from different countries could bring a whole new viewpoint to your space.

3. Contact Paper

DIY Window Covering

Image: Seventh House on the Left

If you’re a really creative, DIY type, you may want to look into making your own etched glass or stained glass pattern using contact paper. Design whatever you like and then make it come to life—you’re likely to be the only one with your unique design and windows.

4. Modern Roman Shade

Roman Shade Window Covering

Image: Casa Abril via Planete Deco

For a sleek and modern look that—at least from a distance—doesn’t read as a window covering (this looks more like large panes of frosted glass), try a modern Roman shade treatment (oops, there’s that word…). This provides a very streamlined and clean covering while keeping visitors guessing on just how you made it happen.

What kinds of creative window coverings do you have at home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.