16 easy tips for stunning curtains

2016-08-23 06:00

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CURTAINS have a history almost as long as textiles, and there is always much hesitation about where and how to hang them.

We’ve all had our own frustrating experiences when we bought ready-made curtains. They tend not to fit perfectly and end up being tossed aside — an expensive reminder that it’s important to measure before you buy window treatments.

Erina van der Merwe from Living Divani shares a guide on curtains and window treatments.

• Always hang curtains as close to the ceiling as possible.

• Don’t worry about your windows being too large. Any window can be dressed using blinds or curtains, or left as they are to act as a feature.

• You can combine blinds and curtains on the same window. You can pair mock blinds or vision blinds with mock curtains.

• Remember to choose curtains that complement the rest of your furniture.

• Make sure you get proper fullness when hanging your curtains. When the fullness isn’t enough, curtains tends to look skimpy.

Full curtains create elegance and tend to make a space more chic. You can achieve proper fullness with tie-backs and hold-backs.

• Next to paint, curtains can make the biggest change in a room.

• Homeowners should consider curtains with an outdoor theme. Why not bring nature indoors?

• If you have rooms in your home that get direct sunlight, shop for block-out curtains that reduce the light coming in when you don’t want it to.

• Not only are sheer curtains beautiful but they are also delicate and elegant.

• Light-coloured curtains will create a stunning, intimate atmosphere inside your home.

• Bay windows are a beautiful feature so they don’t have to be covered with window treatments. If you’d like to highlight this type of window then why not frame it in curtains or place a special couch in front of it.

You could also place stickers on the window to create a wall-like feature.

• When dressing windows, little details make a big difference so use rods, toppers, trims and tie-backs to complete your window’s look.

• Create a bit of interest and contrast to make your curtains stand out. This can be achieved by either using patterned fabric or wallpaper that makes your window treatments pop.

• Introduce a pattern to break up a solid colour palette and add visual interest to a room.

• Play with the texture of materials so you can add dimension to your room’s design.

• Add drama to your room by manipulating the length of your curtains. For a casual, understated look, go for curtains that reach just below the windowsill.

— Property24.

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