Curtains control light, give you privacy, create warmth and add texture and color to your space. They complete your room! Not only are they pretty to look at but they can also give the illusion of width and height making your window seem higher or wider than it really is. We have put together a few handy guidelines for you to remember the next time you want to add curtains to your window treatment – after all you want your windows to look the best they can be.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
1. Choose a curtain rod that is longer than the window you would like it to cover. A longer curtain rod will allow the curtains to hang on either side of your window – covering them completely when drawn but not blocking the view when opened. This creates the illusion that your window is much wider than it is.
2. If your curtains are not purely for decorative purposes, you need to make sure they are much wider than the actual window they are covering so that your pleats are full when drawn. The last thing you want is for your curtains to look stretched out and flat. The curtains should be twice the width of the actual window for you to take advantage of a fuller look.
3. If you would like your window to look much higher than it really is, raise the curtain rod! Place your curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible, instead of on the top of your window. This will make your room appear higher than it really is.
4. Your curtain fabric should fall straight down to the floor. If you are worried about the curtains touching the floor and getting dirty, then raise them about 3-5 centimeters above the ground.
5. Fabric is key – choose the right curtain fabric that will match the look and feel of your room. If you prefer a more casual look, go for lighter shades. Darker fabrics give you more privacy and create a more formal sophisticated feel to the room.
When hung correctly, your ceilings could look taller and your room could look much bigger. Some curtains are hung too low or too narrow with not enough fullness…don’t let this happen to you! Put our handy tips to the test and you won’t go wrong.