CURTAIN CALL

IF BLACK TIE IS THE EPITOME OF FORMAL STYLE, THEN FULL-LENGTH CURTAINS ARE THE INTERIOR DE­SIGN EQUIV­A­LENT

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There’s a rea­son why many of the terms we use for fash­ion can eas­ily be ap­plied to interior de­sign. A stylishly at­tired man or wo­man and a well dressed room have much in com­mon, from the tai­lor­ing through to the de­tailed ac­ces­sories.

And key to a fin­ished space is how you treat the win­dows. Much like a well cut suit, tai­lored win­dow cov­er­ings set the tone – and style – for the whole room.

If black tie is the epitome of formal style, then full length curtains are the interior de­sign equiv­a­lent. In­deed, there is some­thing deca­dent and dra­matic about an abun­dance of

fab­ric, whether sheer and sexy or weighty and lux­u­ri­ous.

Floor-to-ceil­ing curtains can also solve the myr­iad dec­o­rat­ing dilem­mas, from low ceil­ings to small win­dows, as long as you get the pro­por­tions right.

What­ever the height or shape of your win­dow, you can’t go wrong hang­ing curtains from cor­nice height. It’s an old stylist’s trick to hang long curtains on a small win­dow to make it feel larger. And while leav­ing fab­ric pool­ing on the floor is a mat­ter of taste, curtains that stop sev­eral cen­time­tres short of the floor will have the same ef­fect as a young man step­ping out in too-short trousers.

If cus­tom-made curtains are out of the ques­tion, be sure to mea­sure not just the height of ready-made curtains, but also their width. As a gen­eral rule, al­low for twice as much fab­ric as the win­dow is wide to for a fully draped state­ment.

Tex­ture and pat­tern are also key. Sheer curtains are a great go-to for al­most any space, whether ca­sual or formal, while vel­vet or even silk of­fer a lus­tre that will ap­peal both day and night.

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