9 Must-Know Rules for Hanging Curtains and Shades
When it comes to hanging curtains and shades, there are a few basic rules to follow. Hanging curtains as high and wide as possible to make windows appear larger is a classic rule of thumb. However, each window is different and requires its own specific attention, and that’s when we come in with plenty of inspiration to help you navigate the world of window coverings. Keep scrolling for our favorite tricks for hanging curtains and shades.
Roman shades are the perfect solution when floor-to-ceiling curtains are not an option (when windows are in front of a radiator or a bathtub, for example). My favorite type of shade is the relaxed roman. Instead of a stiff-looking roman, ask for a relaxed look and pick a breezy fabric. The result is always timelessly chic.
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There are certain instances where curtains look better mounted on the inside of the window frame (particularly when large windows are concerned). The Thom Filicia–designed room above is the perfect example. The window frame is extra deep, and the curtains were chosen to match the wallpaper, so they blend in with the décor.
I’m rarely a fan of heavily patterned “accent” curtains, because they can stick out like sore thumbs when not properly executed. On the other hand, curtains that match the exact color of the walls and blend in with the décor are foolproof.
Courtesy of Suzy Hoodless
If you want to go the patterned route, hang curtains as high as possible and wide enough so they hang outside the window frame when opened. That way you’re not blocking valuable sun rays from streaming in. Pay attention to the weight of the fabric—I generally prefer heavier fabrics like velvets with blackout liners. Pro tip: You can also insert weights in the hem of the curtains to make them hang straighter.
Natural materials are fantastic for shades if you’re looking to layer them underneath curtains, or if you’re simply looking for a more rustic effect. They look great mounted on the inside of the frame, as opposed to roman shades, which look better when mounted on the outside.
This rule is not for the neat freak, but for a more relaxed bohemian look, hang your curtains so they pool two to three inches on the floor. It can create a beautiful carefree effect.
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What are your tricks for hanging curtains and shades? Share them with us in the comments below.