I know I go on and on about this topic, but it is one of those pet hates – cheap and nasty curtains. They really bring down a good design. It is the finishing touches of interior design or decoration that people notice, no matter how much detail you put into space planning and architectural features they get left behind when you see poor curtain selection at the windows. Let’s face it, most homes today have a lot of windows and they are expensive to drape, but please resist the temptation to buy that cheap fabric on sale at the local fabric store and then not use enough at each window and forget to line them, so all you have is a piece of mediocre fabric hanging beside the window limply with no fullness, no length and no design presence.
The curtain tracks or rods are also important. You need to make sure you spend a little bit extra on the curtain rod or track length so that you can have stack backs (space to either side of the windows for the curtains to sit). You have paid for big windows, so don’t cover them up, stack the curtains off the window and let the light in and see the view out.
Short curtains – I cannot stress enough, if you are having full length curtains, then this means that they should go all the way to the floor, allowing a tolerance of 10 mm (1 cm) for ease of movement, or if you want them to puddle add a minimum of 100mm or 10 cm to the length. Do not leave your curtains with daylight showing through the bottom, it looks like you have taken the curtains to the dry cleaner and they have shrunk! It is not a good look and will ruin all your hard work.
I will leave it there as I can become rather boring when I go on about this topic, but I went to visit a house that was for sale yesterday and I couldn’t get past the poor quality curtains, I couldn’t look past this because it really annoyed me. First impressions count, and when people view your design you want them to look further into your design and decorating work and appreciate your hard work and dedication for perfection.
Happy decorating and if you want to read more about this topic you can find information on the following below and don;t forget if you really want to upskill your curtain and drapery design knowledge, we have a free ecourse for you here.
Short curtains Take a look at some examples of short curtains here with my design critique of them.
Curtain Fullness and Heading Get more information on curtain fullness and headings
Curtain linings Learn more about curtain linings
Curtain photos Get ideas about curtain design from photographs