Whenever I move to a new home, the very first thing I do is hang curtains in the living room. A quality set of drapes adds color and warmth and makes the empty space feel instantly like home.
It's no secret that a well-dressed window can make or break a room's look, but if you don't know the basics, then styling your windows with drapery can be difficult. But it doesn't have to be! Follow these three simple design rules to turn those boring windows into focal points.
#1 HANG YOUR CURTAINS HIGH AND WIDE
Make your windows look larger and more luxurious by hanging drapes at least 12 inches above the window frame or all the way to the ceiling and extending your curtain rod out three to six inches on each side. Drapes that rest right above the frame not only shorten the window but let in less light.
#2 LAYER YOUR WINDOW TREATMENTS
Designer windows almost always sport at least two window treatments — whether it's a roller shade, wood blinds, or plantation shutters framed by drapes. Layering window treatments provides both functionality (insulating qualities as well as blackout for better sleep) and style, turning the window into a design focal point. Imagine the window above without the white drapes. It would be boring!
#3 TAKE DRAPES TO THE FLOOR
A common mistake novice decorators make is hanging curtains without first measuring the height of the wall. For a tailored look, drapes should puddle slightly or hover one quarter to half-inch above the floor. Don't stop your curtains at the windowsill.
While the three simple rules mentioned above are good to keep in mind when dressing most windows, they aren't hard and fast. Trust your instinct when styling small or tricky spots and remember that, ultimately, a window treatment is meant to treat light, noise or temperature based on the needs of the space. Here at LC Window Treatments, we want your home to look and feel at its best, which is why we offer custom drapery along with a variety of other window coverings. We proudly serve Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa and Marin County as well as San Francisco. Contact us today to see how we can transform your windows into a beautiful focal point.