Are there any hard and fast rules for hanging curtains? Only if you don’t want your windows to look wimpy and like they’re wearing high-waters! Check out these recommendations to make them look grand and stately, even if they aren’t.
THERE’S THE WRONG WAY AND THERE’S THE RIGHT WAY
Hanging curtains too low makes your window look small and unimpressive. Give your ceilings a lift—hang curtains around 3” below the crown molding or ceiling. If you’re lucky enough to have super-high ceilings, another rule-of-thumb for determining curtain rod height is to measure the distance between the top of the window trim and the ceiling and divide by two. This still gives the air of larger windows, but adds a little breathing room between the top of the curtain and the ceiling.
Hanging curtains too close to the side blocks that beautiful natural light. Mount rods 3”-6” out from the sides of the window casing to add fullness and balance. For curtains that don’t look skinny when pulled closed, make sure the combined width of the curtain panels on each window is equal to one and a half to two times the width of the window, measuring horizontally from one side to the other on the outside of the window trim.
Resist the urge to make the curtain length match the bottom of the window. Curtains should always kiss the floor, unless, of course, there’s a countertop underneath.
OTHER TIPS TO MAKE YOUR CURTAINS STAND OUT
Curtains made from natural linen or canvas are classic and always in style. But, if you want to make a big design statement, large scale floral and geometric patterns are definitely trending.
To make your ceiling soar, try a vertical stripe pattern. This creates an even greater illusion of height.
Always choose lined curtains over unlined. They’ll hang better and look more like they’re custom made.
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer