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