How To Dress A Window Without Curtains? It’s Really Simple!

Curtains are beautiful and functional and a great home privacy solution. But when your windows are beguiling and privacy isn’t an issue, why hide your windows with curtains? Plus hanging curtain rods isn’t that fun! After learning all the great ways to dress a bay window, it is time to learn plenty of classic and creative ways to dress a window without curtains, whether you live in a high-rise apartment or a secluded, charming country house.

A white window without curtains

From using glass paint and frosted glass to hanging blinds and window shutters, you can choose anything to make your windows look incredible without traditional curtains and add a luxurious feel to your home decor. Let’s see how you can do it! 

When not to use curtains

Wondering why you should not use curtains for your windows? Well, there are plenty of reasons why it is okay not to use curtains. Let’s see what they are.

  • Amazing View Outside Your Windows

Love the expansive view outside your window? Forego window treatments and let nature in. If you live in the mountains, with breathtaking views of trees, fauna, flora, waterfalls, etc. curtains would limit those alluring vistas and stop the sunlight from brightening up your space. Similarly, if there is an ocean view outside your windows, why limit it with floor-length curtains?

  • Unique and Beautifully Crafted Windows

It is not only about what you can see through the windows. It is also about what is around them. If your windows have an interesting style, shape, or trim, for instance, if the windows have dark casings, you can keep them bare and free of curtains.

If your windows are unique and beautifully handcrafted, you can use planters, add some window boxes, use household objects, etc. to give you some privacy instead of covering their beauty with curtains. If your windows have unique shapes, then it is better to leave them bare and let the shape make the statement.

  • Lack of Natural Light

Even though it is fun to play around with different fabrics, shapes, and styles when it comes to curtains, they are, after all, a practical and functional item. If you are not getting enough light in your home, adding curtains will reduce the already low amount of light.

A black modern window with nature view

  • Minimalistic and Modern Designs

Curtain-free windows create a clean, modern, and open feeling. In modern loft spaces and even in brownstones with double-height windows, curtain-free windows give rise to a minimalist feel and look.

If privacy is an issue, you can add shades or blinds that will keep nosey neighbours out, provide excellent UV protection, all the while adding to the ambience of your home.

Ways to dress a window without curtains

There are various ways with the help of which you can dress a window without using curtains. Let’s go through a few of them and you can select the one which tickles your fancy!

1. Place a Screen in Front of the Window

One of the easiest and quickest ways of covering your window is by propping something in front of it. From beautiful artwork to a unique sign, you can use pretty much anything that reflects your style.

For instance, you can place a hand-painted sign in front of your window. This is a great option if you want to change the look of your room and space quickly. Also, if you are renting a space and are not decorating since you are afraid of putting any holes in the walls, you can prop something up and brighten up the living space.

2. Put Colourful Bottles in the Windowsill

You can also place glass bottles of different colours on your sill to create an alluring display. The glass bottles will not only catch the light beautifully but will also create a semblance of privacy in case someone decides to take a peek.

Colourful bottles in the windowsill

You can buy cool glass pieces from secondhand shops in different shapes and sizes. Or you can repurpose the bottles you already have at home as well. If you can’t find any colourful bottles, you can paint glass bottles yourself easily.

3. Mount a Shelf

Want to cover your window partially without blocking out the natural light? You can do so with the help of a shelf. Measure the width of the window and get a shelf about 8cm wider from your local home improvement store. 

Grab your hammer drill and make holes to screw in the brackets. Place the shelf on the brackets. Decorate the shelf any way you want. For instance, you can place a few books, a houseplant, or a decorative vase. To make most of the natural lighting, you can use glass shelves.

4. Keep Tall Potted Plants

Technically, plants aren’t a window covering but they are highly effective in providing you with some privacy while letting sunlight in. Set a few leafy, potted plants on the windowsill of your living room.

You can use low-maintenance options such as artificial plants, dried pampas grass, etc. so that you won’t have to worry about watering them if you are away on a family vacation or business trip.

5. Faux Stained Glass

Want to add a burst of colour while covering your windows? You can buy faux stained glass windows. You can attach the glass to the window frame or simply lean the glass up against it. If you are a homeowner, you can paint your own faux stained glass over the window using glass paint and stencils and create an alluring focal point in your room

6. Layer Gallery Glass

Gallery glass is basically a liquid that you can apply to the window directly. You can create an opaque surface with the help of gallery glass – even though it is opaque, it will still let some sunlight in.

You can create a textured look as well by running a toothpick through the gallery glass after painting it on the window. Just watch a couple of tutorials online and you will be able to layer gallery glass beautifully. 

7. Use Blinds & Shades


Blinds are an excellent substitute for curtains. Measure the height and width of your window and purchase the blinds that tickle your fancy at the local home improvement store. At the top corners of the window, install the hanging brackets.

Simply hang the headrail and then attach the valance. If you are on a budget, simple, horizontal blinds are an affordable option. If you are looking for a rustic, warm look, then wooden window blinds are great. 

However, don’t use wooden blinds in bathrooms or your kitchen window as they will get damaged due to moisture. If your window is wider than it is tall, then you should go for vertical blinds that will give it a classy, chic look. No matter what type you go for, make sure that you clean it the right way.

Blinds in front of window


Searching for a soft window covering that will allow ambient light? Seasoned interior designers suggest that you should use shades. Shades are perfect if you want light throughout the day or block the heat but can’t compromise on privacy. 

If you live in a cold climate, then you should get honeycomb shades. They will hold warm air inside them and will keep your home at the right temperature. Woven wood shades made from bamboo are a classic choice for rooms that get loads of sunlight. For formal living or dining rooms, you should go with roman blinds and roman shades that are sleek, stylish, and create a luxe feel in the room.

8. Add Shutters

From waterproof vinyl shutters to half café curtains & designs, there are various DIY options when it comes to dressing your windows with shutters. Solid shutters are an idea for bedrooms while for bathrooms and kitchens, you should go with waterproof ones.

You can paint the shutters in a bold state that complements your room’s décor. For a rustic look, you can add interior barn door shutters. For complete light control, you should go with plantation shutters, or even get blackout roller blinds.

9. Paint the Sashes

Painting the sashes – the frames within the window frame – black to create instant drama in your bay window. It works perfectly in modern homes as well classic, country homes. Dark green window sashes are softer than black ones but still look classic and stylish.

10. Layer the Windows with Mirrors

Low on space? Why not hang a mirror in your window? It will fill in the window and create a sense of privacy while letting light in. You can use movable mirrors so that you will be in control of the lighting. Don’t forget to keep them clean!

Taking care of shades, shutters, and blinds

Before you start dressing your windows up, you need to clean your windows. Wipe the windows down thoroughly and get rid of the dust, dirt, and grime that is keeping your windows from sparkling. We strongly recommend using a window vacuum to get rid of all dirty streaks once and for good.

If there are any signs of pesky mould, clean them with a fungicidal wash before you let the creative juices flow. If there are any gaps between the glass and the window cornice, apply a filling material such as a multi-purpose putty, acrylic sealant, etc. 

Similar to voile curtains, you need to take care of the blinds, shutters, shades, etc. that you use to dress up your window. If you are using blinds, then simply vacuum them using a soft brush attachment, or dust them with a feather duster. You can use soap and water as well to clean the blinds but only if you are not using wooden ones.

Someone cleans blinds


Curtains are not only practical, but they brighten up any living space as well and elevate the décor. However, they are not the only option when it comes to window dressing and enhancing the look of your home and interior design. We have discussed various other options of enlivening your windows in this article. You can choose the option that you really like and which fulfils your needs.

Happy Decorating, Folks!

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