Tips for stun­ning cur­tains and win­dows

Lesotho Times - - Property -

CUR­TAINS have a his­tory al­most as long as tex­tiles, and there is al­ways much hes­i­ta­tion about where and how to hang them. We’ve all had our own frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ences when we bought ready-made cur­tains. They tend not to fit per­fectly and end up be­ing tossed aside – an ex­pen­sive re­minder that it’s im­por­tant to mea­sure be­fore you buy win­dow treat­ments.

Erina van der Merwe from Liv­ing Di­vani shares a guide on cur­tains and win­dow treat­ments…

1. Al­ways hang cur­tains as close to the ceil­ing as pos­si­ble.

2. Don’t worry about your win­dows be­ing too large. Any win­dow can be dressed us­ing blinds or cur­tains, or left as they are to act as a fea­ture.

3. You can com­bine blinds and cur­tains on the same win­dow. You can pair mock blinds or vi­sion blinds with mock cur­tains.

4. Re­mem­ber to choose cur­tains that com­ple­ment the rest of your fur­ni­ture.

5. Make sure you get proper full­ness when hang­ing your cur­tains. When the full­ness isn’t enough, cur­tains tends to look skimpy.

Full cur­tains cre­ate el­e­gance and tend to make a space more chic. You can achieve proper full­ness with tie backs and hold backs.

6. Next to paint, cur­tains can make the big­gest change in a room.

7. Home­own­ers should con­sider cur­tains with an out­door theme. We tend to tame na­ture, but why not bring it in­doors as it can be ro­man­tic.

8. If you have rooms in your home that get di­rect sun­light, shop for block out cur­tains which re­duce the light en­ter­ing your home when you don’t want it to.

9. Not only are sheer cur­tains beau­ti­ful but they are also del­i­cate and el­e­gant.

10. Light-coloured cur­tains will cre­ate a stun­ning, in­ti­mate at­mos­phere in­side your home.

11. Bay win­dows are a beau­ti­ful fea­ture so they don’t have to be cov­ered with win­dow treat­ments. If you’d like to high­light this type of win­dow then why not frame it in win­dow or place a spe­cial couch in front of it.

You could also place stick­ers on the win­dow to cre­ate a fea­ture-like wall.

12. When dress­ing win­dows, lit­tle de­tails make a big dif­fer­ence so use rods, top­pers, trims and tiebacks to com­plete your win­dow’s look.

13. Cre­ate a bit of in­ter­est and con­trast to make your cur­tains or drapes stand out. This can be achieved by ei­ther us­ing pat­terned fab­ric or wall­pa­per that makes your win­dow treat­ments pop.

14. In­tro­duce a pat­tern to break up a solid colour pal­ette and add vis­ual in­ter­est to a room.

15. Play with tex­ture of ma­te­ri­als, so you can add di­men­sion to your room’s de­sign.

16. Add drama to your room by ma­nip­u­lat­ing the length of your cur­tains. For a ca­sual, un­der­stated look, go for cur­tains that reach just below the win­dowsill.

If you’re aim­ing for a softer, more ro­man­tic look choose ex­tra-long cur­tains that pool on the floor.

— Prop­erty24

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