Welcome to my blog series, Living in a White Box! This series is all about how to make the most out of your rental home, AKA the “white box.” Many of us who rent cannot make changes like home-owners can, which makes it challenging to put a personal stamp on our space.
Today’s post is all about Mini-Blind Madness. This disease affects those of us who rent homes that come with mini-blinds, those of us who select generic mini-blinds to save money, and those of us who use settle with these blinds because we lack inspiration. Symptoms of Mini-Blind Madness include frustration, boredom, and compulsive usage of mini-blinds for every window of the home.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with mini-blinds. But when you live in a rental, chances are, your home has complimentary blinds on every window… that every other tenant has as well. Even if you just have these standard blinds on every window in a rented house and don’t live in a complex, these blinds can make your space feel boring and stale.
Thankfully, there is a cure. Read along for inspiring methods you can use to treat Mini-Blind Madness plus tutorials on how to rid your home of this disease.
Keeping the mini-blinds up may be a requirement in your lease, but you can still dress up your windows. Check out how Beverly from Flamingo Toes added these colorful, peppy curtains over her existing mini-blinds. (She even has a tutorial on how to make these!)
*TIP: check your lease or talk to your landlord to see if you can only use white curtains. If so, you should be OK hanging colored curtains as long as they’re lined with white.
Instead of hanging curtains, another idea is to add a cornice to the blinds like Bharati from Techie’s DIY Adventures did. She created a cornice from plywood and used a stencil to create a faux Indian inlay pattern.
If you’re not big on hanging curtains, consider hanging a tie-up valance on your window. Check out this super-easy tutorial for a no-sew burlap and jute shade by Christy at Eleven Magnolia Lane.
For more of a tailored look, you can hang Roman shades on your windows. Barb from The Everyday Home has a great tutorial on how to create a no-sew version….
There are some really creative non-traditional window treatments you can use too. If privacy for your windows isn’t much of a concern, you can create these felt curtains via Design*Sponge. (These would also be a cool decoration for a doorway or as a room divider.)
Another DIY window treatment is to string faux capiz shells made from wax paper. Check out these beaded curtains below for inspiration…
… and the tutorial for how to create these realistic yet faux capiz shells from Alexis at Persia Lou.
Not allowed to screw anything into your walls? No problem. You can hang a curtain rod using 3M Command Hooks like so.
If you are allowed to use nails in your walls, you can simply hang your curtains on a row of nails above your window like Becky from Buckets of Burlap. She’s used a piece of wood in which the nails are placed, but it’s the same concept.
If you can screw holes into your walls, consider some innovative alternatives to a curtain rod. Laura from Olive and Love shows you how to use a branch as a curtain rod and plant hangers as decorative brackets. This makes for a very cheap and earthy look!
Another unique curtain rod can be created by using a steel pipe. Learn how to make this industrial curtain rod with this tutorial by Allison at The Golden Sycamore. This look is perfect for masculine rooms.
Lastly, this method of window decor doesn’t involve any window dressings or blinds but still provides some privacy. Check out how to use contact paper to duplicate an etched glass look in this tutorial from Yvonne at Dress This Nest.
When it comes to styling our windows, there are so many options that we have no excuse to settle with plain and ordinary. Don’t let Mini-Blind Madness control your home any longer!
Be sure to check out the first part of my Living in a White Box series, White Wall Syndrome, and stay tuned for more to come in this series.