So, you need new curtains or want new curtains. Curtains or draperies, like paint, can be an inexpensive way to really change a room up! They are not just for covering up a window for privacy. They can add style, finesse and cause a room or rooms to really pop. They are the icing on the cake that ties everything together, la pièce de résistance!
If you’re anything like me, I would go to Target or perhaps even JCPenney’s to get curtains that were prepackaged and hoping they would look nice. Regrettably, most often, they looked alright. Can you relate?
here, You will learn what you need to know on how draperies can bring pizzazz and function to your room.
WHERE DO YOU START?
What is the purpose of your curtains?
how much light do you want in
If your window is constantly being used, the general rule of thumb is to go with sill or apron curtains. They are most commonly used for kitchen and bathroom windows.
WHAT LENGTH SHOULD YOU PURCHASE?
Length does matter.
When measuring for your curtain length, ensure you are measuring from the rod to floor. Don't forget to account for height of rings/hanging hardware.
The optimal look is hanging the rod 6-8” from the top of the window.
SILL: Sill length curtains or otherwise known as café curtains, have lengths that reaches to the sill of the window. They usually are approximately 63” in length.
APRON: These curtains extend below the sill and have an approximate length of about 84”. Their lengths can range from 84-96”. These too are functional for kitchen and bathroom windows yet they can elongate the appearance of the window and can provide a casual yet tailored look.
The most common mistake is having curtains too short for the windows. you want to avoid the high water look.
this will not create the look you want!
The other two most common and recommended lengths are floor or puddle lengths.
Floor: These draperies are 94-108” in length. The 84” length is the most common length you will fine prepackaged in retail stores. Unfortunately, these lengths are a one size fits some windows. It is recommended to purchase 94-96” length and have them hemmed. Avoid the high water look at all costs.
- Float: this length is less than an inch from the floor
- The Kiss: This length is of a very accurate measurement where the curtains just lightly touch the floor.
Puddle If you’re going for a dramatic/romantic look, then this is the length to have. These lengths average between 108-124” depending on the height of the ceiling. Most commonly they will be 108”. These are formal type lengths. If you have pets or little ones, I wouldn’t go for this length. There is usually 6-10” of length that puddle on the floor. These draperies are recommended for windows that are stationary.
When determining how many panels to purchase, you first need to measure the width of the window. You want to have a gathered look, so it is important not to skimp on the number of panels.
If you want the curtains to frame your window, measure 1-1/2" beyond the window. Otherwise, measure 2-2 1/2" beyond the width of the window
What kind of rods do I buy?
again, depending on your purpose and style, there are choices.
Classic rods: They are adjustable and can vary in design depending on their ornamental caps.
The hooks attach to pulleys inside a track
Installed into the wall or ceiling
Curtains will glide nicely
No hardware required
Placed inside window and meant for lightweight curtains
what kind of heading should i use?
First, what is a heading? The heading is the top of the curtain. While perusing magazines, you may have noticed many different types of headings. Each heading creates their individual look. They, like curtains, can be casual or formal.
The classic way of hanging curtains are with ring clips, hooks or pins. The ring clips or pins would be advantageous if you need to add 1-2” of length. Also, they are easy to open and close as the rings slide along the rod. However, before going this route, ensure that the ring clips, hooks or pins can handle the weight of the fabric.
Casual gathered look
Good for curtains that are stationary
Variety of styles
Operate with drapery hooks or rings
TAB TOP heading
Flat loops of fabric
Can provide a romantic look
You can see layered looks with the use of double rods. Most commonly to utilize sheer and decorative draperies.
which fabric would look the best?
The best fabric again depends on the function of the curtains.
- Lets in the most light
- Can provide some privacy
- Lets in lots of light
- Easy to clean
- Bright and airy
- Filters the right amount of light
- Blocks most light
- Can be formal/polished
- Helps with insulation
La PIèCE DE RÉSISTANCE- COLOR/DESIGN
This is where the fun is. This is where your room or rooms will have that flair and everything ties together. This is the WOW factor!
Bold: Bold colors are great for an otherwise light or neutral room as it allows you to add colorful accent pieces such as pillows, décor items or tie in the colors from a rug.
Pattern: Don’t be afraid to add patterns! They can be soft or bold. They can complement other design patterns seen in pillows, rugs or décor items. You can mix complementary patterns and create a beautifully bold bohemian look. The general rule of thumb is use plain colored curtains with patterned furniture.
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