Fin­ish­ing touch you have to have

They are the de­sign el­e­ment that cre­ates mood and soft­ens a space

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - BY Dan­nii Mor­ri­son For in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion visit de­sign­by­

IN LAST week’s col­umn I dis­cussed the key de­sign features when cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful bed­room, but de­lib­er­ately left out ar­guably one of the most im­por­tant ad­di­tions to a room – cur­tains.

De­sign­ers love them be­cause they not only aes­thet­i­cally trans­form a room on a large scale but also cre­ate mood and soften a space. A win-win.

Un­for­tu­nately for con­sumers, there are cur­tains and there are cur­tains.

When con­sid­er­ing bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for your home, I be­lieve cur­tains should be high on the list. The cur­tains in my home have all been cus­tom made. Here are some of my tips for cur­tains in gen­eral.

◗ FLOOR TO CEIL­ING EVERY TIME: Most ready-made cur­tains are pro­duced in stan­dard sizes in width and height, which may not suit your needs. In­stalling floor to ceil­ing cur­tains gives a room the il­lu­sion of height and grand­ness, whereas cur­tains just above a win­dow can have the op­po­site ef­fect.

◗ FAB­RICS: Some fab­rics can be too heavy in phys­i­cal weight and in turn will not fold ad­e­quately and look peculiar. If they are too light or made from the in­cor­rect ma­te­rial, the cur­tains won’t fall prop­erly at all and tend to crease (this is a com­mon is­sue with ready-made cur­tains).

◗ FEA­TURE: I per­son­ally pre­fer con­cealed tracks with a sim­ple box pleat, as op­posed to dec­o­ra­tive rods, rings and fancy pleats. I feel the beau­ti­ful fab­ric of the cur­tains them­selves should be the fea­ture.

◗ CATER TO THE RE­QUIRE­MENTS OF YOUR ROOM: You may need block­out cur­tains for light and pri­vacy, sheers to al­low ex­tra light or a com­bi­na­tion de­pend­ing on your room. ◗ PAT­TERNS: Don’t be afraid to in­cor­po­rate gor­geous pat­terns, tex­tures and colour de­pend­ing on your style and ex­ist­ing space, of course. To cre­ate fo­cus around our fur­ni­ture, home­wares and art­work, I chose a more soft and sub­tle look for our home, yet with added tex­ture to cre­ate depth and in­ter­est.

◗ MEA­SURE: En­sure you mea­sure up. Re­mem­ber to leave enough room to gather your cur­tains ei­ther side of your doors and win­dows to still al­low full view. For the per­fect drop, re­mem­ber to mea­sure the height at both ends of your open­ing – most homes are un­even so you may need a centimetre or two ex­tra at one end.

◗ CUS­TOM MADE? If you do de­cide on cus­tom made, keep longevity in mind with your choice of de­sign and style. You’ll be look­ing at them for a long time.

◗ GOOGLE IT: Do your re­search. Use the in­ter­net. Print out im­ages of what you like and what you don’t. Con­tact sup­pli­ers, and if you re­ally don’t know what you want, con­tact me.

‘‘ In­stalling floor to ceil­ing cur­tains gives a room the il­lu­sion of height and grand­ness


Top left, our guest bed­room be­fore up­dat­ing; right, the cur­tains in our guest bed­room now; and, bot­tom left, the cur­tains in our guest bed­room com­ple­ment the bay win­dow.



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