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Drab to fab: Window panel makeover

Maris Callahan is the author of "In Good Taste," and, as an avid self-taught home cook, is widely knowledgeable about all things culinary. She is especially passionate about helping women on-the-go cook healthy, delicious meals and snack...

While major home renovation projects can completely change the look and feel of your home, the same applies for small changes that can spruce up your home design, especially if you’re dealing with a small space. If you want to make a small change to any room without adding paint or wallpaper, or that need expensive tools and materials, a perfect place to start is by dressing up your window panels to give your home personality from the inside out.

Drab to fab: Window panel makeover

Fringe benefits

If you have a simple curtain hanging in your window panel, you can give it some pizzazz by applying a decorative fringe or crystal bead trim. You can find supplies at any major craft store, such as Michael's or Jo-ann Fabrics and the application process is as simple as using fabric or superglue. If you're a beginner, use a little extra care not to glue your fingertips to the curtains!

Hardware matters

If your curtains have been hanging on the same rod since 1982, it might be time to change out the hardware to update the look. Since small changes can yield major results, swap out your curtain rods and replace them with updated iron designs in warm finishes for a classic look that will last you years and won't go out of style. Restoration Hardware offers rubbed bronze and antique silver finishes that will match just about any home color scheme so, if you decide to change your curtains down the road, you won't need to reinvent the wheel—or in this case, the window.

Deck your walls

If you're living in a rental or a new home with undressed windows, you'll want to protect yourself from peeping neighbors with simple window dressings. The good news is, you don't need to spring for expensive window treatments to maintain your privacy. Sheer drapery remains popular among home designers and solid linen/cottons will never go out of style. If you're looking to upgrade from simple to chic, classic designs, look for a silk panel in wide stripes or harlequin designs to add an air of sophistication to your window.

Go au natural

No, not that kind of au natural. If you want to keep your window dressings simple, clean, and earthy, drape loosely woven fabric over a rod for a simple, natural window covering that will make your window panels look fresh and neat.

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