Customized curtains are one of the simplest, most affordable ways to transform a room. Start with basic cotton or linen drapes, since natural fibers absorb dyes best. (We used IKEA Ritva curtains; $34 a pair, ikea.com.) Then choose one of these techniques: Stamp them with circles made from the rim of a cup dipped in an ink pad (don't be too precious about it; imperfections look organic). Add an elegant iron-on trim. Dip-dye for an ombré effect. Or edge with fabric pom-poms.
1. Stamp Them
Dip the rim of a glass in a fabric-safe ink pad and press on 3 or 4 slightly overlapping circles; then re-ink. Versacolor pigment ink, in Paprika, $7.75, paperpresentation.com.
3. Tint Them
Prepare dye and fabric per package instructions. Dip bottom third of curtains into dye bath and air-dry. Audrey Louise Reynolds natural dye, in Pink, $40, alrdyeing.com.