Decorating Tips

Elevate Your Space: The Art of Curtains

Curtains add a touch of elegance, warmth, and softness to a room, becoming an integral part of the room’s architecture. As an interior designer, I understand how curtains relate to interiors. Below is what I have learned:

Traditional Living room designed by Linlin Interiors Adelaide

  1. Day and Night Dynamics: Consider curtains for both aesthetics and functionality. While a stunning view might negate the need during the day, curtains offer privacy and warmth at night.
  2. Architectural Tips:
    • For arched windows, ignore the arch and take curtains up to the ceiling on either side.
    • Deep-set windows pair well with blinds or shutters and side dress curtains.
    • French windows look better without pelmets.
    • Skylights and clerestories benefit from custom-built blinds.
    • Dormers and circular windows are best left bare, unless privacy is an issue.
  3. Proper Hanging Technique:
    • Curtains should hang from under the cornice or the ceiling in a modern home, all the way down to the floor.
    • Measure curtains to be at least twice the width of the window, with a maximum of three times. Lighter fabrics require more material.
  4. Budget-Friendly Refresh:
    • Add a contrasting fabric border to refresh existing curtains.
    • Introduce a sheer on a separate track or pole for a new atmosphere.
    • Rejuvenate a plain blind with a pair of store-bought curtain on the side.
  5. Material Matters: Generous curtains made from budget-friendly fabric often look better than mean-looking curtains made from expensive material.
  6. Illusions with Curtains:
    • Curtains can compensate for architectural mistakes and create an illusion of grandeur or simplicity.
    • Taking curtains as high as possible provides visual height and draws attention to the ceiling.
  7. Patterned Curtain Tips: Be mindful of how patterned curtains gather; they should maintain their essence even when pulled back.

Remember, curtains are not just coverings; they are a means to elevate your space, adding style, warmth, and a touch of luxury.