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Tips for Choosing the Right Curtains

| March 18, 2014 | 6 Comments

I get a lot of questions on my blog and from my clients about window treatments. Curtains and blinds can give a room that finishing touch, add depth, height and drama. These are popular questions that I’ve been asked:

How long should my curtains be?
– Typically, your curtains should just “kiss” the floor. There is nothing worse than seeing fabulous curtains that are just too short. It’s kind of like wearing pants that are too short. It just doesn’t work.
Don’t do this:

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Too short!

If you have high ceilings then this becomes tough when the standard curtain length is too short. There are some stores out there that offer 96″ length curtains Ie: Bouclair and Fabricland but you can also add some fabulous fabric to the curtain at the bottom or top of your curtain to add length and give it that wow factor.  If you can’t sew it yourself then take it to a seamstress and it shouldn’t be too expensive as it’s simple for them to do.

Also, hang your curtains as high as you can. This will add height to your space:

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Should I have blinds and curtains?

This is a great question.  Blinds and curtains can create depth, texture and a high end look without going custom. For example, you can hang bamboo blinds in the window and then add side panels. This is a great option if you have a large window, need privacy and don’t want to go custom with your drapes to fit across the window. Young House Love has done this in their living room here. Looks great and it’s super inexpensive.

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What are my option for curtain pleats?

There are lots of options out there.

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Just don’t go with the “tabs”. They don’t hang right and look cheap. Don’t do it!

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Curtains can really finish a room. Don’t forget to budget for them. If you want to go custom, they will certainly be beautiful but make sure your confident in your measuring. It’s best to get the seamstress or company to measure for you. However, you don’t have to go custom to create impact. If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them in the comment section or send me an email.

Keep it Beautiful.

Alicia

 

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Together with my hubby, we're working on renovating our 1920's house that we purchased in 2010 in a downtown neighbourhood in Ottawa, ON. The house was in need of mega love, complete with variations of bad wallpaper and peeling vinyl flooring. However, we were up to the challenge. I am the Mommy to a 5 year old, a 2 year old and baby girl who keep me on my toes. My hubby is armed with the tools and is the magic in building my crazy design ideas. In come the realities of renovating, budget, time and kids are things that many of us have to work with. I write about creating beautiful spaces that are everyday friendly, with easy DIYs which then leave room for splurges and I hope to inspire you to do the same. Author's website.

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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    We use blinds and curtains. We find it very handy.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    Ooo great tips. My parents’ condo just closed and they are working on getting it ready now, so I know that these tips will come in handy for them.

  3. Kristen V says:

    Great tips for window coverings. I like that you provided pictures and to “dos” and “don’ts” of arranging your curtains!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Fantastic tips for windows, thank you so much. I’m not a fan of the tab hanging either I think it’s a mess. Never thought of hanging the curtains higher to make the room look bigger, good idea. I have up/down blinds at the moment but was thinking of maybe hanging curtains for deco.

  5. Suzie M says:

    Thanks for the great tips This is something I am never quite sure about

  6. kathy downey says:

    Perfect tips,thanks

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