How to Choose and Hang Drapes

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Curtains are a lovely way to update any space and add a bit of texture to the mix. Some of our favorite prints and patterns at Lily Lane Home are available from Bella Notte! Here are some tips to keep in mind when updating your own draperies.

 

  1. Think about Color and Fabric: Fabric is an essential part of choosing draperies. The material will dictate how well your curtains will hold up over time.  Sunlight will also fade fabrics over time – so keep this in mind. Additionally, the lightness or thickness of the fabric will dictate how the drapes fall and how much light will seep in the windows.

2. Length and Lining: from Elle Décor “Before you take out the tape measure, decide how high above the window you’d like the curtains to begin. Keep in mind: “Hanging panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room,” says Cunningham. Designers often hang curtains about six inches above the window frame, but for a dramatic look, some go higher.

Measure from the top of the window (plus the added inches of height where the curtains will hang from) to the floor. For a more traditional look, with the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you’ll want to add another two or three inches to your length. For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor.

When measuring the width of your window, be sure to add four to eight inches on both sides and double the total number to ensure curtain fullness. “Then you won’t block a lot of window glass when the curtains are open, and they won’t get in the way,” says Lawrence.

If you plan to use the curtains to shut out the sun, those extra inches around the perimeter of your window frame will also help block out any creeping light.”

  1. Off the Shelf Vs. Custom Window Treatments: Depending on the size of the window and your budget, you will have the option of having custom window treatments or shopping window treatments readily available from a variety of vendors.  See some of the options we have here at Lily Lane Home.

Love,

Lily

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