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Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - DE­SIGN with Danni Mor­ri­son For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com.

IN LAST week’s col­umn, I dis­cussed the key de­sign fea­tures when cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful bed­room, how­ever pur­posely 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 they 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 lo­cally by Dar­ren’s Blinds Shut­ters and Cur­tains, and I love them. 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 both 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.

Some fab­rics can be too heavy in phys­i­cal weight and in turn will not fold ad­e­quately and look pe­cu­liar. If 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).

I per­son­ally pre­fer con­cealed tracks with a sim­ple box pleat, as op­posed to dec­o­ra­tive rods, rings and fancy pleats, as 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 of both de­pend­ing on your room.

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.

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.

While I’m all about colours and pat­terns, 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!

Do your re­search. Jump on Pin­ter­est and print out images of what you like and what you don’t. Con­tact some lo­cal sup­pli­ers, which could be a mix of re­tail­ers with ready-made cur­tains and cus­tom sup­pli­ers. Oth­er­wise, if you re­ally don’t know what you want, con­tact me!

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Adding cur­tains cre­ates soft­ness and el­e­gance. AF TER

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Blinds may be func­tional but add lit­tle to the space. BE­FORE

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