Sunday, August 9, 2009

Curtains 1O1

Do you want window treatments that wow, but need a bit of inspiration? Consider these helpful hints to spark your own creative approach.

How can I get a custom look?

There are many ways to do this without the high cost or hassle:
  • Mix patterns and fabrics, as shown here.
  • Paint a design on cotton panels, as shown on the opposite page.
  • Create a pretty and functional tieback out of ribbon, rope, or a piece of fabric.
  • Hem panels to the length of café curtains, which only cover the lower half of the window.
  • Add decorative trim to the edges of panels.
For a romantic touch, this dreamy sheer (#241565) adds softness and volume to a striped panel (#213443). The two panels hang on a decorative rod (#169309) and are swept to one side with a strip of drop cloth material serving as a tieback.

How high do I hang the rod?

Consider these pointers when choosing rod height:
  • Hang a rod as high as possible to make a low ceiling seem higher.
  • Position a rod just above the window, as shown here, to make a room with high ceilings feel more intimate.
  • Raise the eye a bit by hanging the rod halfway between the window and the ceiling.
Tab-top panels (#170175) are embellished with a leaf design using a stencil and fabric paint. The panels hang on a wooden rod (#42772) with finials (#27969*) and overlay a shade (#120398) made of sustainable bamboo.

Why would I use a cornice?

Think about how a cornice, which crowns a window and imparts horizontal dimension, could help you:
  • add an architectural element to a plain wall.
  • create a slightly more formal appearance.
  • hide a basic rod that holds the curtains.
This playful look is perfect for a child’s bedroom. The lightweight white plastic cornice (#87589*) was first coated with plastic primer (#57601) and then painted brilliant blue (#244148) to complement a pair of striped curtains (#242109) on a wooden rod.

How can I add subtle pattern?

If you want to add interest using patterns, but you don’t want them to be overpowering, try these options:
  • Choose a patterned valance or café curtain (shorter pieces of fabric instead of long panels).
  • Paint a simple shade with stripes, as shown here, or any other design.
  • Add a patterned ribbon for trim on a plain panel.
A Country French toile valance (#25944) tops a white roller shade (#43231) painted with black stripes.

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