what to do with a bunch of bare windows . . .

One of the things I run into a lot when staging a house is the big empty space over the sink in the kitchen, or an empty series of windows in a little used room or back entryway. People don’t think about them much – it’s not like they need privacy, nor do they want to put in a bunch of money in these areas. So here’s an inexpensive idea for staging the area: placemats and tension rods! Brings in some great color to the area and doesn’t block the light. Placemats are often on clearance and come in all sorts of colors and patterns. The ones in the photo here were $1.98 each on clearance at Target. With the blue walls and cream trim – these new “custom valances” made this place pop for under $40 for 5 windows.

I’ve done this in kitchens to bring in a pop of red or coral to a bunch of blah white cabinets, and in bathrooms to dress up a frosted glass window in a tub area.

This is thinking outside the box (or table . . . )!