Curtains can help tie a room together. Not only do curtains offer privacy, they can lend color, control light and add texture and warmth to your space.
So when it comes to hanging curtains, do you go low or do you go high? Do you let the curtains fall just below the window or let them drape across the floor? Here are the dos and don’ts when it comes to hanging curtains.
Consider the Fabric
Lighter fabrics, such as sheers, will help make the room feel airier as they let in more light. If you need to warm up a room, try denser fabrics which will also give you more privacy.
A rule of thumb (from Architectural Digest) is that curtains should be hung between 4 to 6 inches above the window frame, so install your curtain rod accordingly. When you hang the curtain rod high, it will make the window appear taller.
Don’t Scrimp on Length
Interior designers note the bottom of your curtains should fall to the floor, and you can even let them “puddle” a bit. However, if you don’t want your curtains to drag on the floor when you open and close them, let them stop about an inch from the floor, but no more.
When it comes to the width, your curtains should be at least two times the width of the window.
Watch the Rod Width
When selecting the right curtain rod, go for one that is a bit wider than the width of your window. This will allow whatever curtains you chose to cover the window at all times. Go for a curtain rod that is between 8 and 12 inches wider than your window, as it will give the illusion that your window is larger than it is.