Ask Kate: what should I replace my curtains with?
Q. Hi Kate, what would you suggest for window dressings in my lounge? Excuse the poor photo, but we have inherited maroony red curtains, I don’t love them, but am struggling to find something that works.
Thanks in advance, Amy
A. Hi Amy, thank you for taking the time to send your question and a photo. I can see that the curtains you have inherited are certainly not a match with the style your are creating in this room. I would suggest having some curtains made by The Curtain Studio or Harrisons have a good selection of fabrics and different price points.
To make the ceiling feel higher I would suggest a rail that is the SAME colour as your wall – and hanging the curtains so that the rail is hidden – like the below image:
Lined sheers would give a feeling of elegance – rather than a block cold colour.
I would also suggest putting long curtains on the short window – this will simplify the space and elongate the wall. The amount a curtain touches the ground is called a ‘puddle’ – I suggest having a slight puddle – its more elegant – like the second image. I suggest an inverted pleat (image below) – or pencil pleat (images above).
And a few general notes on fabrics:
> Avoid shiny fabrics – unless they are high-end
> Natural fibers always fall better but can be more expensive
Hope this advice helps : )
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