Thursday, June 16, 2011

pretty windows {101}

I finally got my curtains hung in my dining room {don't ask me how long it's been}. I have to say it's amazing how curtains can change a room! 

Just for fun, here's a super before shot! 

And after again... 

Like my tie-back? I was inspired by restoration hardware:

I used thick twine for the tie back and got my panels from IKEA- $15 for two.

Here are some tips on how to hang curtains for drama and elegance. 


Hang the curtains high.

I have pretty low ceilings {about 8 ft I believe} but I buy 95" panels for all my windows. The drama long curtains adds is pretty amazing. Plus it makes your window look a lot bigger when the curtains are shut, and visually adds height to the room both when they're open or closed. 

By the way, it's ok to hang them quite a bit above your window trim. 


Puddle just a bit.

Not totally necessary, this is just a preference of mine. I would say though to at least have your panels stretch to 1/4" off the floor.


Hang two panels per window.

The difference in one panel per window or two is mostly about what your window looks like when the panels are closed, but I think it balances much nicer with two per window even when the curtains are open. Instead of stretching one panel across your window, use two to create a softer feel to the room. A rule to go by is your panel length should equal approximately 2 1/2 times your window length.

Any more tips to add? I'd love to hear them! 

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