Make your mountain home cozier with rustic touches that complement its style. Rustic window treatments shouldn't clash with real wood paneling or logs, and the mountain chill means you may want heavy curtains to help keep out drafts in winter. Rustic window treatments are fairly easy to find--you just may not spot them in the drapery department of your local home improvement store.
In keeping with both the ideals and style of days gone by, try repurposing other fabrics for your rustic window coverings. Old-fashioned tablecloths can be found in thrift stores or as new "retro" style coverings in home furnishings stores. Trim these tablecloths down to size and add a top pocket for a curtain rod, then slide them onto a cast iron or cast iron-look rod and place them above the window. Allow the repurposed curtains to hang down several inches below the bottom window ledge to help keep out drafts. Old bedspreads and quilts also work well for this purpose.
Checks and Plaids
Choose checkered or plaid flannel draperies or make them yourself from new fabric or old blankets. Flannel adds a nice, warm look and feel to your home, and warm-colored plaids, such as those with rich, deep reds, work well in mountain areas to contrast with the surrounding greenery and complement brown wood. Use a two-panel curtain style that hangs just below the window for a true-to-the-past look, or try a floor-to-ceiling length to show off the soft folds of the flannel and conserve heat. Add a straight valence across the top in the same flannel or a complementary solid color.
Light and Bright
Not all rustic window treatments are heavy. If your mountain home has great views and few neighbors, making open windows a priority over privacy, use simple, light-colored muslin or calico curtains pulled off to the side with a short valence on top that can be shaped with a scalloped lace edge. If you really have no need for the privacy or draft-blocking benefits of curtains, minimize your window treatments by scaling them back to a simple window topper. This can be a decorative spray of dried flowers, a wood carving, or some other nature-inspired item attached to the top window frame or just above it, adding decor without any obstruction of the view.
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