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CURTAINS | Tips + Tricks

October 3, 2016

Besides lending privacy and warmth to a room, curtains have a way of helping a space feel pulled together and complete. They help control light, affirm your style by adding texture and color. Below I’ve outlined some tips for how to hang curtains and some do’s and don’ts for maximizing their benefits to help your room be all it can be.

Tip #1 | Do Hang your Curtains High

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Source: Skonahem

The higher the rod, the taller the window will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window. The rule of thumb is that they should sit 4-6 inches above the window frame. Below the folks at HomeBunch maximize the length of their window by using drapes that are a similar color as the walls and picked a contrasting curtain rod in oil-rubbed bronze. The contrast causes your eye to travel up the length of the curtain and gives to illusion of a taller window.

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Source: HomeBunch

Tip #2 | Don’t Go Too Short

Fabric should fall to the floor. Please don’t make the mistake of having your curtains be too short this is the equivalent of high-water pants not a good look. A little puddling of fabric can be nice if you want a romantic feel, if you worry about them dragging and getting dirty, then stop the fabric just before they hit the floor — a little under an inch is good. See below for my high-water guestroom curtains –eek! They were in our last house but not that we’ve moved and have higher ceilings they are too short. Oops! I’m currently to practical to buy new ones, especially since you can’t tell from just looking into the room.

Tip #3 | Do Choose Appropriate Fabric

Choose fabric that suits both the mood of the room, and its function. In our Master Bedroom I wanted a more easy and casual look that would filter light so we used light-weight chiffon because we currently have pull-down shades for privacy. In our main living areas we used a thermal-backed linen curtains from here. Having a denser fabric which feels more formal and provides privacy. Fabrics like velvet or adding a thermal suede lining adds body to curtains and can help with drafty windows.

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Source: Homes to Love

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Source: Anthropologie

Tip #4 | Don’t Go Too Narrow

Select a rod that is wider than the width your window. This will allow enough room for the panels to hang on either side of your window, and also tricks your eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. The rule of thumb is go 8″-12″ wider than your window.

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Source: VISI

Tip #5 | Do Use Enough Fabric

You want your curtains to feel full, and if you plan to close your curtains either occasionally or everyday, the curtains should be roughly between two and 2.5 times the width of the actual window.

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Photo: Jeroen van der Spek | Styling: Cleo Scheulderman

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