3 Little-Known Drapery Secrets


There is little doubt that changing your drapes can dramatically change the look of your room. You don't have to have customized drapes to make your windows look like they've been measured, sewn and hung by professionals. As with anything else in life, there are tips and tricks to make your drapes appear to have been created specifically for your windows. If you want to use drapes to change the look of your room, these three secrets will help.

Secret #1: Hang Them High

It's likely that the first place you think about hanging your drapes is just above the window's frame. Hanging them in this manner actually makes rooms with lower ceiling heights appear smaller. Instead, hang the drapes at the top of the wall, where it meets the ceiling.

Hanging your drapes at the top of the wall creates the illusion of a higher ceiling. If you're hanging sheer curtains behind the drapes, make sure you hang them in the same spot. Measure the amount of the drapes that hang above the hardware. Use this measurement to find the distance from the ceiling and install your hardware there.

Secret #2: Don't Go All the Way to the Floor

When measuring for drapes, stop the length at the top of the baseboard. In doing so, your baseboard's beauty will flow continuously around the room.

In addition to showing off your baseboards, the drapes won't pick up pet hair. You'll also be able to clean the floor without the need to move the drapes out of the way.

Secret #3: Frame the Window With the Drapes

Don't stop just beyond the width of the window when measuring for drapes. Create the sense of a larger window by measuring about a half a foot wider on each side of the window. Mark this with a pencil and hang your drapes there.

You'll want the edge of the drapes to rest against the edge of the window. In doing so, your window looks bigger. It may cover up a little more of the wall, but the illusion of a bigger window makes the room look bigger. Additionally, more natural light flows into the room when hanging the drapes in this manner.

Think about how you want your room to look before measuring and ordering your drapes. The more creative you can get, the bigger the room and the window appear and the more unique your home looks. Ask an interior designer or decorator from a company like Interiors By Diane DeCero And Ann Art Faux Finishes for other secrets and tips to create that look.


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