The Faithful Decorator

Let’s Talk Window Treatments


Curtains, you either love them or hate them. I don’t really know of too many people who don’t care one way or the other. Most people need something over their windows. If you’re like me and live along a busy road you need those window treatments to block out unwanted peepers. The other reason I need to cover my windows is the sun. The front of my home faces South so the heat from the sun can be intense, now in the winter it’s welcomed, in the summer not so much. No matter what obstacles you are trying to work with the key is to have the window treatment fit in with the rest of your home.

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The main colors in my home are black/cream/grey. I love the combinations of these three colors and the buffalo check curtains provide a big, unexpected punch in my living room. This is definitely a bold choice, but I’ve had these up for a few years now and I’m still thrilled with them. Which is awesome. This window gets harsh sun all day long so the curtains are lined with a nice thick backing to block out heat and harsh rays. I also have the windows fitted with blinds as an added layer of protection. The combination of the two make a huge difference in the summer. During the winter months I open them up and welcome the sunshine in.

Whenever you select your curtains make sure you get them at least 84″ length, because its best to hang them above your window trim, not level with the trim. Higher is better because it gives your room the illusion of being bigger than it is. I think it feels more “grown up” when the curtains are hung at a proper height. As a rule of thumb you want it to be approximately 6 inches higher than the trim if your ceiling will allow it. If you have low ceilings take the tip of the curtain to just skim your ceiling. If you have really high ceilings you may want to consider purchasing longer curtains like 94″.

My final tip is a doozy. You will never believe what I’m about to tell you but it will give you a lot more options where curtains are concerned. My best tip is to look in the table cloth section for your curtains. You can use long table cloths for curtains. Use the hooks and clip your table cloth to your window, easy peasy. Table cloths tend to be more trendy than window treatments. It’s as though the curtain designers only want to play it safe, but the table cloth designers tend to play it more trendy. Not only will this give you more options it is also a very economical way to decorate your windows.

I hope you try at least one of my tips and then let me know in the comments which one made the biggest impact on you.

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