Dressing your windows is a make-or-break design element in any room. I can't tell you how many homes I go into and the homeowners/clients are making the same mistakes. When curtains are hung correctly, they give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window, and let in huge amounts of light. This post breaks down the rules for how to dress your windows like a designer. Follow each step and you will be on a path to curtain hanging victory!
If you don't want to do this on your own I recommend hiring a designer to make sure there are no mistakes. If you are local to Wilmington NC I am available in person to assist or nationwide I offer virtual design consultations with 1:1 video chat. Click here if either of these options are of interest to you.
As for curtains, white and neutral are always in style. Texture is also very big, with linen being at the top of that list. If you are in a coastal climate like I am fabrics such as cotton, canvas and duck are great due to their heavier weight. Especially for covered outdoor spaces most can be washed. They are also versatile with the changing seasons.
We just moved from Virginia to North Carolina and below is my living room dressed for fall. For that house I opted for white heavy cotton drapes, with a tortoise roman shade to add texture. My rod was a french return oil-rubbed bronze finish. I was able to bring those same drapes and use them in our beach rental cottage here on the coast.
Do you want to add privacy or just aesthetic?
Wood roman shades VS. fabric roman shades
Brushed (aged) brass
French return is HOT right now
3/4 up to 1.5 inches is enough with a simple ball or end cap to finish a standard rod
By adding a simple trim you can dress up an otherwise plain fabric. It's also an inexpensive upgrade to store-bought panels. Simply lay your panels flat and hot glue the trim in place. You can also use a product called stitch witchery I've used this product many times and it's amazing! This is a trade secret for dressing your windows like a designer.
Adding trim is a time to have fun. A fun pop of color or pattern can take them from store bought to fully custom in a matter of minutes. If you are nervous about adding trim I would suggest a more subtle option. You can NEVER go wrong with tone on tone. It adds a timeless and classic sophistication.
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I discovered Amazon for curtains recently and I love them! The ones I purchased are the HPD Half Price Draperies Heavy Linen. They look and feel custom but not the price! Thanks for the great information on how to get the custom look!
You are so welcome, so glad you found it helpful! I love that you are one step ahead in purchasing these drapes.