South African Garden and Home - - Window Treatments -

To give the il­lu­sion of height, cur­tains should be hung from just below the ceil­ing. Make sure they just touch the ground.

If cur­tains are too short for a room, add a panel of fab­ric in a co­or­di­nat­ing colour to the bot­tom.

Con­sider where the cur­tains will be hung. If in a bed­room, in­clude block­out lin­ing.

“Sheers are a great way to add am­bi­ence and soften harsh glare. Printed sheers such as those with a wa­ter­colour pat­tern cre­ate dap­pled light and cast soft shad­ows,” says Les­ley Wil­son of Mavro­mac & Gate­house. “Keep in mind that should you use a colour­ful sheer, the room will take on a dif­fer­ent hue.”

With a dou­ble rod, you can hang block­out cur­tains be­hind the sheers. Open the block­out ones dur­ing the day to get the ef­fect of the sheer and close them at night.

Con­sult a pro­fes­sional when cal­cu­lat­ing how much fab­ric you need, as dif­fer­ent head­ings af­fect the amounts of fab­ric re­quired.

When pur­chas­ing ready-made cur­tains, en­sure they’re long enough for your win­dows. “We make cur­tains in two stan­dard lengths: 218cm and 250cm, so just mea­sure your room and the win­dow be­fore you shop,” says Stacey Nel, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Volpes.

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