Pretty and Simple Curtain Trim

A year or so ago, I purchased long room-darkening curtains for my home’s master bedroom. The room faces east, so as the sun comes up, it gets extremely sunny in that room!

As my husband and I tend to be night owls and frequently stay up late, we don’t appreciate that morning sun too much, as it wakes us up earlier than we would like! (LOL!) Luckily, the room darkening drapes do a really great job at blocking out the sun and keeping our room nice and dark until we are ready to get up.

Dressing Up Curtains with Ribbon

Unfortunately, however,  I chose an earthy brown color for the bedroom drapes that really closely matches the paint color of the walls in our room, so when the curtains and the paint color are put together, the look is really rather BLAH! They could really use some color or curtain trim.


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The room darkening drapes in my home’s master bedroom before I set out to improve them!

To add some color to the bedroom drapes, I simply bought some yellow-with-white-polka-dots ribbon from my local craft store. Since the drapes are placed very high (there are 10 foot ceilings in my home’s master bedroom) and because I didn’t want to take the drapes down (lazy, I know!), I decided to add  my ribbon embellishment to my drapes with strips of velcro for my DIY project. All I did was cut the ribbon to size, and attach them to the inside vertical ends of my drapes with the velcro. Within just a few minutes, my DIY trimmed curtains were sporting a pretty yellow trim!

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The room darkening drapes in my home’s master bedroom after I added the yellow ribbon trim.


This is another photo of what the curtains with my easy DIY trim look like now:

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Curtains with ribbon trim added with Velcro


What do you think of the change? I am glad I chose the quick and easy way to add the ribbon trim: If I decide to switch out the ribbon later (the ribbon only cost me just over $2) for a different color or style, the hardest part of the DIY job will be getting the ladder out again, as adding the trim is so simple!

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  1. I love this idea! Velcro just isn’t for my kid’s sneakers – it has a real practical use here. I’m thinking I can do the same with my son’s denim curtains – find some fun trim (maybe with superheroes, star wars or dinos on them) and spruce up the room for spring!
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    • I think some velcro (I cut mine into little strips) and some fun ribbon would be a great way to trim your son’s curtains — I’d love to see your fnished project!

  2. I tried this last year and it didn’t hold very well. I used the velcro peel and stick. Did you sew yours on?

    • Hi! I used velcro peel and stick that was marked “Industrial Strength.” I hope it holds! It is fine so far, but it’s only been a few days.

  3. Quick and easy tip! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Monday !
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  4. love it Lauren – and love the ribbon you chose for the trim. turned out super cute! Thanks so much for sharing at the Humble Brag and hope to see you back tonight!
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