Refreshing ideas for your curtains
SOME designers have hysterics at the word “curtains” saying it should be “drapes” but whatever your choice is in hangings, you can use them to make a big splash in your home.
If the idea of painting one or two walls bright orange or teal is off-putting because it’s such a horrible thing to get rid of if you don’t like it, consider that you can get a similar effect by hanging bold curtains.
Consider brightening up a pale beige room with bold Regency green and gold striped curtains or bring flowers into your room with a chintz pattern.
Ditch the rail
Install tab tops instead. These curtain rods have three advantages. Firstly, they’re very attractive. Secondly, you can make curtains very easily by making oblong panels and tacking on tiebacks. Thirdly, tab tops can come with fancy ends that add pizzazz to a room.
If you have small windows, consider hanging just one curtain and leaving the other side open. This can give the illusion of a larger window, thereby increasing your perception of the room size too. It also lets in more light which is nice if you’re not facing the sun.
Mix rattan blinds and fabric curtains
Rattan blinds are cheap and cheerful and they can be pretty too, especially if you stencil them. Stencils are easily sourced in craft shops and by Googling “free stencil patterns”. Alternatively, hang rattan blinds and dress up the sides with fabric curtains. Dark rattan with bold blues and purples can make a nice focal point while pale bamboo with green and white is refreshingly natural.
Forget curtains and hang scarves
Scarves come in so many pretty patterns and are so affordable that you can change them every week, depending on your mood.
Also, thin material can create a lovely translucent light effect. One drawback though – don’t use light fabric in the bedroom or you may be awake all night from street lights.
Consider brightening up the room with gold curtains.