How to Hang Your Curtains Just the thing
Even in the smallest curtains can benefit, two important rules: In almost every scenario, the best place to hang a curtain is on the ceiling line – either directly on the ceiling or just below a bulkhead or a molding – and stretching out down to the ground.
This gives the longest possible look that will make small spaces appear larger and large spaces look great.
Whether the window is high or low, tall or small, or even a strange shape, two simple floor-to-ceiling panels flanked become clean, which looks perfect – especially when closed.
Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard
In this case, allow about 1 to 2 inches of material to fall to the floor to create a bit of buckling. Just be sure to keep the floor free of dirt, so your curtains will not broom to dust.
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With pairs of panels on a long curtain rod or the track is usually very polished option, even complex sets of windows, such as a bay window, or a wall with windows and patio doors.
In this example, a bay window draped with a bench, just above like a big window. The curtains can be pulled on on movie night or pulled, wide open on a sunny day, without the fuss and expense of covering each window with its own short curtain.
Here, each door has its own set of curtains, so you are independently accessible, but you hung directly across from a continuous curtain rod that keeps the look organized.
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In this bedroom, the windows are at different heights. With the matching sets of full-length curtains running crisp over a bar, you do not really notice the change in the unusually high middle section.
Alykhan Velji Design
Another no-brainer approach is to simply curtain one area wall to wall . This helps clear out any oddly placed windows and creates a clean plane, giving a nice background to other design elements.
You can see through these sheers that this set of windows is very thin and tall, but the potentially embarrassing visual diffuses simply by curtaining the whole wall.
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Keep in mind that if you want a dark color for wall-to-wall curtains, you will want to balance with a dark object on the opposite side of the room. If in doubt, a light or midrange material will appear less heavy.
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It is important to remember that the literal width of a set of curtain panels should not simply equal the width of the curtain rod. This is for two important reasons: fill and stack.
Abundance refers to the fabric width enough to make the curtains look pleasant, natural (rather than trying to have them stretch, taut and clumsy across the wall when closed).
Typical wealth for curtain width is 2½ times the width of the bar. Tripling the pole width is a luxurious option, especially for thinner, more flexible fabrics like curtains.
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Stacking refers to bundling on the curtains as you are drawn open – squeezing all the folded fabric together just so tightly and will still take up a lot of room on the pole when the curtains are open. This means that when you open a curtain and completely uncover a window that requires full bar or track extra length at the end, allow the curtain to “stack” out of the way of the window.
Therefore, if you want your drape to open wide enough to show the entire window, the bar or track should be that proportion wider than the window itself.
Kate Jackson design
In situations where a lot of stacking space just does not exist, as with adjacent windows like these, you might want to stay in order to lighter, breezier fabrics that do not bunch much too much.
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Alternatively, you can choose a rich fabric (with great light-blocking capabilities) and just accept that the drapes do not pull completely open. This full look can be very stylish and as long as the window or door is still operational, if necessary, that’s all you really need.
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In addition, taking away space, stacking patterned curtains can dramatically change your appearance as you appear drawn when closed. When choosing a fabric, try putting your hands on a considerable sample so that you can see how the material looks folded. This will give you a much more accurate idea of how the curtains look will be installed.
Notice how the curtain in this room goes from us like a series of circles, looking as closed as perfect strips when stacked. This can be quite a surprise change.
A smart option for tight spaces is to use an in-window shade instead of hanging a curtain. These can become starkly modern in a solid color or more romantic and traditional, in a charming pattern.
either way, a shadow that sits inside the window frame does not require extra-stacking space on the sides. Instead, it will need to stack at the top, so again a thinner fabric will ensure that you can show as much windows as possible when the shadow is out.
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Houses often have a fairly standard 8-foot ceiling height, so it may be possible to have a curtain of the appropriate length right out of a package (or with just a little hawk), without being completely custom.
If that is not the case, a great DIY option is to create color-blocking curtains by placing a curtain in two or more colors (usually best in the same material) and attaching a strip-cut out of a package at the end of another.
Confident Sewer can use this method to turn wrapped curtains in a fun and elegant look that fits your windows perfectly.
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