Out of all the window treatment choices out there, curtains are possibly the most famous. They offer versatility that suits any window in your home, and they are available in a wide array of colors and textures. Despite how adaptable they can be, there are still do’s and don’ts to follow when hanging curtains.

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DO hang high
The higher the rod, the taller the window will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window. The rule of thumb is that they should sit 4-6 inches above the window frame.

DON’T go too short
Unless you are using cafe-style curtains, the fabric should fall to the floor. These are the highwater pants of curtains and not a good look. A little puddling can be nice if you want a romantic feel but if you don’t want to worry about them dragging and getting dirty, then stop the fabric just before they hit the floor — a little under an inch is good. Source: ApartmentTherapy

DO consider the light. Which room are you curtaining? If it’s the bedroom, do you like to be woken by the first rays of daylight or do you prefer total darkness? Make sure your curtains comfortably clear the sides of the window if so and think about blackout linings or blinds behind.

DON’T be exclusive. Just because you’ve decided to hang curtains doesn’t mean getting rid of blinds. In some rooms different window treatments can complement each other. Source: InsideOut

DON’T forget the hardware. Curtain rods and finials should “match” the fabric. Heavier drapes such as velvets should be on a large and somewhat decorative rods while light silks and sheers can sit on light-weight and more dainty rods. That said, they should also “match” the rest of the room. Make sure they connect to something in the room.

For instance, if you’ve got Lucite lamps or chairs, a Lucite drapery rod might be in order.

DO consider what fabric is best. Cotton is versatile and easy to clean; velvet is luxurious and private but can be a bit heavy for some rooms; sheers are light and graceful but don’t offer much in the way of privacy; and wool is heavy but strong enough to hold embellishments like tassels and fringe. Source: TheSpruce

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