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Four Ways to Imaginatively Use Curtains To Hide Decor Faults

Posted by jasnav on July 26, 2011

Home interiors decoration with curtains just got more interesting – you can use curtains and curtain accessories to even hide the fault lines in your overall decoration. Things that you otherwise could do little about. Imaginatively used, curtains and their accessories can greatly enhance the visual experience or change it altogether depending on your plans. So let us see some great ideas on how to achieve these simple tricks that can make a world of a difference to your interiors.

 

Making a Small Window Look Larger

 

If you have a small window that you desire should look larger in keeping with your overall plans, all you have to do is to get a curtain rod that is bigger than the window itself. Fix the rod over the window and draw the drapes to the size of the larger rod. This will achieve a larger look in two ways.

 

Firstly, the area being covered by the curtains being larger than the window itself, the look will be of a bigger window. Who knows what size of window is hiding behind those oversized drapes!

 

Secondly, when you pull back the curtains the drapes would withdraw all the way, letting in much more light than it normally would. Lo behold! The look of bigger windows is yours!

 

Making a Large Window Look Smaller

 

Let us examine the exact opposite of the first situation, in which you have inherited large sized windows you are not too happy with.

 

All you need to do is use your normal sized rod, but add valances to your curtains. This would give a heavy look and give the impression of a smaller window size.

 

You can even add tiebacks to the curtains. This will also serve to give a heavier look to the curtains and make your window look smaller than it actually is.

 

Short or Tall Windows

 

Are you aware that you can even make the window look shorter or taller than it actually is? Yes, this can be achieved as well!

 

In case of short windows that you want to give a taller look, fix the curtain rod above the window frame. Creating the illusion of length will give a taller look to your window.

 

In case of tall windows that you want to reduce the look of, you can use draped valances  to shorten the look of the window. This serves to soften the overall look and thus give a shorter look.

 

Hide Windows

 

Now you have a window you are not very proud of, and would rather it not be there at all. While inviting a mason to brick it up would be a major job, all you need to do is to cleverly match your curtains with your walls! In effect it will reduce the attention to your window.

 

Use plain silk sari curtains to get the right match for your walls. These curtains made of excellent silk are available in a wide variety of colors and textures to suit each taste.

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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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Enhance Your Home With the Right Curtains and Drapes

Posted by jasnav on January 1, 2011

The interior decoration of a home is never complete without curtains and drapery. Curtains enhance the environment of a home by adding to its overall decor. Curtains and drapes, when done tastefully and proportionately, add to the specialty and uniqueness of a room. An integral part of home décor, curtains and drapes can make or break an entire room. Hence a lot of care and attention needs to be paid to this aspect.

Curtains help in manipulating the light that enters the living room, keep the warmth or coldness inside it or increase the room’s privacy. Selecting the wrong fabric, however, could affect the over-all appearance while failing to provide several necessary functions.

Curtains vs Drapes

Most laymen call any fabric hanging on their windows as curtains while professional interior decorators in the industry call them drapes. The difference is however not limited to just terminology; it includes how they are used to add to the overall look and feel of the place they are displayed in.

While curtains are typically used to describe just the cloth hangings on the windows, the term drapery generally comprises the entire complement of curtains as well as their accessories such as valances and the hardware. When selecting the drapes or curtains for your home, one must always identify the function of that particular fabric type.

We have so much of choice in the wide range of curtain fabrics, tracks, rods, and styles for drapes that it can often be confusing as to where to start looking out which curtains best suit our home.

Curtains are generally made with lighter materials and more functional when compared with drapes. Drapes are usually made from heavy fabrics such as velvet or cotton tend to be longer than regular curtains and add grandeur to any room.

If used creatively, curtains could be used as the main attraction point of the window decoration. Always keep in mind that a set of drapes and valences has to be more ornate, in comparison to simple curtains. Thus they naturally have more elaborate designs and different fabric texture that demonstrate their primary purpose of decoration.

Another criterion for selecting your drapes or curtains is the type of fabric you are most comfortable working with. Apart from your personal taste, the fabric selection also depends on whether you want them to stand out from the rest of the living room or to blend with the rest of the room. Much also depends on the location of the windows.

Fabrics are available in an array of types but not all fabrics could be used as drapes. So be discriminative in choosing yours. In the selection of curtains, it is also crucial that you know the length and the width of the window on which they will be used.

Full length drapes should have the length and width that would cover the entire area of the window, from the top edge of the window and perhaps touching the floor. Apron drapes, however, would only require a modest allowance to the fabric to give it a dramatic flow.

Go ahead and get the right selection of curtain fabrics, curtains and drapes for your home.

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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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