Trends in Window Treatment Hardware

Think thin! See what's new in window treatment hardware, including oh-so-thin rods and clip rings.

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    Sleek and Shiny

    Instantly update a room with a treatment like this one. A narrow rod in brushed nickel is paired with uncomplicated box-pleated draperies that are attached to the rod with slender clip rings. Easy and elegant!

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    A Touch of Black

    The look of black iron curtain rods fits into many rooms with ease. A thin-diameter rod and unobtrusive rings keeps the hardware from overpowering the drapery treatment.

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    Go Square

    Contemporary spaces can benefit from window treatment hardware that has an up-to-date flair. This steel rod is square -- a newer shape than the traditional round rod -- and is paired with equally narrow fabric tabs that pull easily across the rod.

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    Get Creative

    The use of non-standard hardware is becoming increasingly popular for windows. Providing a budget alternative to expensive curtain rods, these solutions also offer a custom look for a budget price. Try anything and everything from cup hooks to doorknobs, either new or vintage. Simply mount the hardware on the wall (or onto a board, then onto the wall), and attach fabric panels using grommets, tabs, ties, rings, or drapery pins.

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    Offbeat Hardware

    Here a fabric valance is attached to the wall with inexpensive rings and decorative cuphooks. Make sure to space the hooks evenly along the wall and install them securely enough to hold the weight of the fabric.

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    Keep It in Scale

    Though rods in general are becoming thinner, the larger poles can be a better proportion in very large rooms or spaces with high ceilings. These plain wooden rods have a silver metallic finish that coordinates with the shine of the loft's exposed metal venting.

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    Pull It Over

    Cabinet hardware, like glass drawer pulls, makes attractive drapery hardware as well. These vintage crystal knobs offer a place to hook thin loops from the top of a sheer fabric valance.

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    Rods with a Twist

    Curtain hardware gets a shot of interest with rods that feature braided and twisted shapes. The round rings include small clips that catch and hold the fabric, though these are designed for lighter-weight window treatments.

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    Show Off the Sparkle

    Notice how a luxurious drapery rod dresses up the look. You'll pay less for drapery fabrication by opting for plain, flat curtain panels, yet once they are clipped to a pretty rod, they offer the illusion of more expensive pleats.

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    Catch a Falling Star

    Hook a vintage tablecloth over these heavy iron stars for any room that needs a dash of personality. Color and pattern are anything but boring in this treatment that's easily duplicated using a variety of motifs.

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