Real Simple, yet again, is full of home-decorating know how. Are you considering new curtains for your home? Here’s a few things Sarah Stebbins mentions to consider when you find yourself becoming curtain-conscious!
Function. Are you opting for privacy or decoration? The need for privacy will bring the necessity of a liner with your curtain, which can hike up the cost, but cut down the light.
Fabric and color. Decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or pop out. That will help guide you with the color choice. As far as fabric is concerned, examine the mood you would like the room to have. For formal spaces, heavy silk or velvets work. For more casual areas, try linen, cotton, or a cotton blend.
Length. Floor length is the way to go unless you have a deep windowsill or radiator. For a traditional style, measure so they just hit the floor. A more modern look will find draperies touching the floor and pooling between 1 and 3 inches.
Width. To make sure that your panels don’t look stretched out, a good rule of thumb is to make sure they are 2 to 2 1/2 times the width of the window.
Mounting. Stebbins mentions that you should hang curtain brackets above and outside of the window molding. She shares two tips that interior designers use when decorating. To make a window seem taller, mount the rod 4 to 6 inches above the window frame. For the appearance of a wider, grander window, extend the rod 3 to 6 inches beyond the window frame on each side.