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We have no curtains on any windows in the basement, not that we HAVE many windows, but still. When this month’s challenge for “windows” came up I want straight to my pinterest board for inspiration. Picking lightly ombred curtains was easy, and just the bit of color this room needed!
The window in the living room is the largest window in the basement and the source of any natural light we get. BUT it was pretty boring and not very pretty. It doesn’t help that we have super low ceilings making it feel even more squished down here.
So I decided on full length curtains hoping it would make the room feel a bit taller!! I didn’t need anything to block light, just something airy and pretty. So I picked some voile curtains. It’s 100 polyester and I knew that it wouldn’t take the rit dye well (you need special sythetic dye- and have to boil the fabric) but I didn’t want the color too strong so I thought I’d give it a go!
I started by soaking the bottom of the panels in hot hot HOT water (I soaked them about 1/3 of the way up)
Then I added salt, and the powder rit dye. (I did purple and blue to get the shade I wanted) I stired until the dye was dissolved then added the bottom few inches of the curtains.
Every 15 mins I lowered the curtains into they dye a few more inches… then a few inches every 10 and then every 5 mins. creating a very faded effect. Then I rinsed them in cold water (top down so as not to get any dye on the top 1/3rd of the curtains. And dried them on the no heat setting of my dryer.
I wanted to hang the curtain rods from the ceiling, that’s why I got these cool round holders, but the air vent goes RIGHT over the center of the curtain rod and it didn’t work out. I attached them about 1/2 an inch down. The curtain panel are just a bit too long and my sewing machine is buried right now so I did a quick fold over and hand stitch so I could enjoy them until I can do a more permanent sewing job.
It was a bright day, and hard to take pictures of windows anyway… so you can hardly tell, but I LOVE the ombre effect. If you want a dark color don’t go with voile to dye, but for the light effect I was looking for it’s PERFECT!
You can see my slightly uneven fold over and stitch at the top. I’ll like it better when I can do it right without the extra bunch of fabric getting in the way. But for now I love walking into the room and seeing them. Just the perfect amount of color.
What color would you do in your living/family/dining room? I have grand plans to reupholster one of my vintage couches in purple this year…
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Jonie @ Just Between Friends
These just scream “Ashlee”. It is probably something about them matching your hair or something. Love the subtle ombre look!
ahhh thanks! ever time I walk into the room I fall in love iwth them all over again. I wish you could really see how pretty the violet is, these pictures don’t even come close!
Perfect shading! I love the idea of just a hint of color without being too heavy- these are perfect for your space.
thanks! I love how light they keep the room but add that dash of color! Now to get the couches reupholstered!
Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings
Very cool! What a fun trick.
Danka! I wasn’t sure they’d take any dye at all and it turned out perfect just the right hint!
How do I get my shear curtains a real dark shade of blue they are to light
This material doesn’t take dye very well so it’s great for a light effect but it won’t get dark. You can try using a polyester based dye instead of a cotton based dye see if that works better