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How To Choose The Right Curtain Accessories For Your Home

Posted by jasnav on January 26, 2011

Displayed by itself, the humble curtain would fail to live up to the expectations of most. But adorn it with the right curtain accessories and curtains can light up your home interior decor like none other. Here are some curtain accessories that are a must have for your interior home decor plans.

Valances

In formal living rooms, dining rooms or ornate rooms, drapes or custom curtains with valances add a touch of sophistication. Curtains valances are fabric coverings that are usually used as a framing for the window. Alternatively they may also be used creatively to hide the curtain track or rod. Tastefully done valances add elegance and style to the setting of the windows.

Valances can be used creatively to draw attention away from not so perfect windows when they are either too narrow, too small, or set at odd angles. The valance, which is a short curtain or drape in itself, may be used on its own, or along with curtains, drapes or blinds.

Curtains valance can be used as a standalone window treatment when you want to let in natural light and when privacy is not an issue. When used on its own without curtains and drapes, valances make a small room seem larger than it actually is, by making it more open and airy.

There are several materials of which you can make valances. As a rule of the thumb they should be of the same cloth as the curtains themselves, but some specialists like silk curtain valances would go with any kind of curtains.

Tiebacks and Tassels

When you attach a single valance to a set of two curtains, tiebacks will be required to keep the curtains open. Attaching fringes or a cord to a valance is a creative way to accentuate them, and tassels can be of matching material and design.

Hardware

Rods

Hardware for window treatments is available in a wide variety of styles. Some curtain rods are designed to be covered by the curtains, while others are best displayed prominently due to their highly decorative nature.

If the rod is meant to be featured you could hang the curtains from decorative rings sewn into the top panel. Considering both the curtain and the rod at the same time will save you the disappointment of having pieces that don’t complement each other.

Finials

Curtain finials are the decorative ends on the curtain rod. Finials can be light plastic pieces to very heavy fancy ornate ones. They can be found in wooden, wrought-iron, glass, or plastic make. The most standard and popular shapes are hook, the dagger, the onion (or ball) and the swirl.

You also have to be sure the finials will fit where you are hanging the curtain. Consider the shape of your window and the molding around it. In some cases there just isn’t room for large fancy finials, nor is it always appropriate for the style of curtain you have picked.

Use these tips to complement your curtains purchase with the right curtain accessories so they stand out from the crowd and give your room that extra special look.

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Curtain Valances To Enhance Your Curtains

Posted by jasnav on December 29, 2010

Curtain valances come in several different styles. However, the basic rule of the valance is that it should be a maximum of up to one-third the length of the window. If more fabric is to be used to create a deeper look for the valance, then the valance can be taken much higher than the window itself.

When a valance is used with blinds, it improves the look by softening the hard lines of the blinds besides of course hiding the hardware. When used with curtains, curtain valances enhance the look of the curtains and drapes by giving them the effect of layers. When added to the top of the curtains drapes, valances let you open and close the curtains.

Valances can be combined with tie tops and tassels to create a truly unique look. Take care to match the color scheme with that of your upholstery to get the right appearance. You could go for any of the following options.

• Exactly the same shade and cloth as your curtains. In this case it would work best if you plan ahead and purchase the cloth for the valances at the same time as you buy your curtains, as the dealer may run out of stock at a later date.

• The same cloth, but a slightly darker or lighter shade than the curtains. These shades complement the main settings, at the same time accentuating the shape of the valences themselves.

• Different cloth of the same shade. The texture of the valances would stand out as the differentiating factor from the curtains in the case of these valences.

• Valances contrasting with the overall color scheme. Go for this only if you prefer bold designs and prefer to make a strong character statement in your home decor. Bear in mind that not everybody likes contrasts, and you could well draw as many criticisms as gasps of admiration.

If you are looking for the right cloth for your valances, look no further than silk curtain valances that can go well with any curtain cloth material.

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