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Most people choose to decorate their ADU windows with traditional a curtain, blinds, or fabric valances just like they use for their homes. But finding the perfect covering, a cover that blocks the sun, ensures a degree of privacy, and matches existing décor can be tricky. So, we can go for something different, try various ideas.

Rustic Privacy Screen

Rustic certain design
Rustic certain design (Source bobvila.com)

You can consider skipping curtains or blinds altogether and opting instead for a privacy screen to dress up a large bay window. This is fairly easy to replicate constructed of tongue-and-groove pine boards and hinges.

Frosted Glass designs

Frosted Glass designs
Frosted Glass designs (Source Ubuy)

Frosted glass provides exceptional privacy. At the same time, it completely blocks the view of the outdoors. Using some low-tack tape and frosted glass spray paint, you can create a custom pattern that shields your home a bit from prying eyes. It will still let the light in. A frosted design doubles as a decorative element.

Faux Stained Glass

Stained glass adds a pop of color to any room. When used as a window treatment, it filters light in a lovely, unique way.

Faux Stained Glass
Faux Stained Glass (Source Pinterest)

Tablecloth Linens

Tablecloth Linens as curtains
Tablecloth Linens as curtains (Source retrobarn.com)

You can whip up a window treatment with any textile. Any material can even be table linens! You can enjoy and have an easy and cheerful alternative to a traditional valance.

Glass Window Shelves

Glass Window Shelves
Glass Window Shelves (Source Apartment Therapy)

Some windows like the tiny ones often set above a kitchen sink can stay without being totally covered. You can choose to install a set of glass shelves instead of a curtain. With these, you can satisfy privacy needs while simultaneously showcasing decorative accessories, a collection of herbs, or whatever else strikes their fancy.

Lace Windowpanes

Lace Windowpanes instead of curtains
Lace Windowpanes instead of curtains (Source Houzz)

This is a beautiful curtain idea that you can try. When you apply lace directly to window glass with a cornstarch paste, you can enjoy both privacy and natural light. If you want to change the designs the lace can be completely and easily removed by washing with warm water.

Rolled Valance

Rolled Valance
Rolled Valance (Source fabricmill.com)

Sometimes the best option for enhancing privacy and darkness in a room is by using simple shade. Furthurmore, this rolled valance, which hides a practical roller shade underneath, can be made easily with lumber, fabric, natural linen ribbon, and rustic buttons.

Hanging Herb Garden

Hanging Herb Garden instead of curtains
Hanging Herb Garden instead of curtains (Source bhg.com)

You can brighten up a plain kitchen window curtain by using it as a backdrop for an indoor garden. However, this is a beautiful yet practical window treatment. You can put flowers in the pots instead for a burst of color too.

Ribbon Garland

Ribbon Garland
Ribbon Garland (Source etsy.com)

Try knotting a selection of ribbons over a cord or dowel to form a garland for a light and fancy window treatment. The color, pattern, and length are completely customizable. Moreover, you can mix different textures to create a one-of-a-kind fashion statement.

Macramé Hanging

Macramé Hanging as curtains
Macramé Hanging as curtains (Source tinyworkshops.com)

Knots may be your best friend if your taste in window coverings is not conventional. Macramé window hangings are a great and a beautiful idea, which can be threaded together with nylon cord, jute, or rope. Moreover, it can be tied in any number of designs to complement your backsplash, floor coverings, or personal sense of style. 

Wood Vertical curtains

wood vertical blinds
wood vertical blinds (Source Select Blinds)

An old heat-treated pallet is ideal to be used indoors when salvaged and hung as a one-of-a-kind window blind. You can easily attach the pallet boards to curtain rings through a drilled hole to slide the slats closed at night and open during the day.

You can use these ideas and try out your own ideas when designing the windows of your ADU. Moreover, you can seek for professional assistance and talk to an expert in this field.

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