Replace your curtain rods with swing arm rods to open up the room and allow more light in. Windows appear to be bigger than they are, too. Love swing arm curtain rods, I have been on the hunt for old ones for a long time.
Add lace to your window with cornstarch. Iron your lace and cut to fit. Mix 2 tbsp cornstarch with about an equal amount of cold water, then mix that in about a cup and a half of boiling water. Paint a thick layer on the window pane. Then apply another th
Put a shelf over a window and use the shelf brackets to hold a curtain rod- genius and beautiful AND gives a completely finished off look. I like the idea of having a shelf over the window in the kitchen or bedroom.
DIY Decorating Ideas: If your budget doesn't allow for expensive custom wooden window cornices, make your own. It's actually quite easy to do. You'll save money and still get the look you want. Wooden Window Cornice Tutorial - DIY and Crafts