No, you don’t have to shy away from our article in case you aren’t a newlywed couple, because all of these pointers are as much suited to you as any young bride and groom who have just tied the knot! When we think of bedrooms, or for that matter, any room in the house, one aspect that disconcertingly never gets much attention is the draperies. It is easy to get into arguments with your significant other when it comes to furniture and décor, but did you know that the right kind of curtains can not only lift your mood but increase the amount of energy in a relationship? Be it drapes, blinds, or shades, read on to find out what we think are some of the best tips when it comes to decking your windows.
Study your Room
It is very simple to have a favourite colour or pattern and want it to be featured on your curtains when you go window shopping (pun unintended!), but what most of us fail to realize is that the size of the room and how much light it receives are the two most important aspects in choosing draperies. If you have an average sized room that does not receive its fair share of sunshine in the day, do not, in any scenario, choose dark curtains or heavy brocaded velvet ones. Stick to light, cotton or sheer pastel coloured varities that will instantly make your space look larger, feed in more brightness, and subsequently provide a more positive and happier mood.
If you are decorating a formal space, let’s say the dining area, then it is more plausible to go for heavier velvet or satin finish curtains once you’ve considered the mood. Both velvet and satin instantly add elegance and sophistication to a room, and for larger spaces, these are an excellent choice to reduce some of the ‘openness’. It’s also acceptable to experiment with various textures and motifs with such curtains, keeping in mind the other furniture in the room. Remember, never overdo on patterns because they can distract the eye and make the area looked cluttered if it’s already filled, or has an elaborately patterned carpet or rug on the floor..
Newlyweds, especially brides, are very insistent on the colour pink and most of its hues and shades in order to create a romantic aura. Ladies, do not be mistaken! While a beautiful colour in its own right, pink does not guarantee an amorous atmosphere. Curtains are more often than not seen to be pink in new homes, which can clash violently with the surrounding furniture. A good rule of thumb is this: if your furniture is dark, choose light, cream colour varities for your drapes, and if your furniture is light (for example, beech wood), then switch to darker shades of blue, green, or gray.
Get the Length Right
Curtains that are too long can form gathers on the floor, which is a complete no-no and causes many an eyesore. On the other hand, if they’re too short, they can ward off a nerdy appearance that is standoffish and cold. The best length is for the drapes to just hit the floor or skirting. This look is classic and tailored and makes sense if you open and close your curtains a lot. If you do want to go for an exaggerated pair of ruffles on the floor, do not exceed the length of the curtains more than 6 inches from the bottom of the floor. They give off a romantic look, but call for high maintenance (especially if you have a cat!).
Hang them Right
Generally, hanging curtain brackets on the wall above and outside the window molding looks best; it allows fabric to fall gracefully. To create the illusion of a taller window, mount the rod 4-6 inches above the window frame, but make sure to account for the extra fabric that will go into the curtains. Extending the rod 3-6 inches beyond the frame on each side makes a window feel grander and allows extra light to stream in when the curtains are open. Remember to adjust your width measurements for this look, or it may not work