- Hang them high
Especially in rooms with low ceilings, be sure to hang your Custom Curtain rod as high as possible. When your curtains go to the ceiling, this accentuates the height of the room and helps to draw the eye up, creating the illusion of a taller ceiling. Already blessed with high ceilings? In spaces with tall ceilings, a good rule of thumb is either to hang the curtain rod 8 to 12 inches above the window frame, or about halfway between the window frame and the ceiling.
- Hang them wide
When you open your curtains, you want the panels to just “kiss” the outside edge of the window frame rather than obscure any of the glass window pane. This simple trick allows the maximum amount of light to come through, and it has the added benefit of making your windows feel wider. Aim to hang the curtain rod brackets approximately 6 to 8 inches beyond the window frame so when the curtains fall naturally, they won’t block the light.
- Hang them in the right length
Choose curtains in a length that will hang either just above the floor, or just touch the floor. You can “puddle” the curtains on the floor for a more luxurious, bohemian look — but never, and we mean never, hang your curtains so they hover more than a couple inches off the floor. Where’s the flood?
- Hang the right amount of panels
When you close your curtains, you want a bit of fullness so that the curtains don’t look flat. An easy way to determine how many panels you’ll need is to multiply the width of your windows by 1.5 — this is the minimum amount of panel width that you’ll want to cover your windows. So for example, if your window is 60″ wide, you’ll need at least 90″ of panel width. Most panels fall in the 48-inch to 54-inch range, so two panels will do the job here.
- Hang the right style of panel
Not sure about sheer curtains vs. lined curtains vs. blackout curtains? Let’s break it down:
Sheers are perfect for when you want a little bit of privacy, but still want as much light to pass through as possible. Commonly used in main living spaces, these come in a variety of materials and can also feature a subtle pattern or texture. When buying sheers, avoid shiny synthetic materials which tend to look dated — look for fabrics with a dryer hand and a more natural looking texture.
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