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Show windows some love

Drapery panels are so easy these days.  All you need is a fabulous fabric, curtain rings, and a skinny rod.  They’re the focal point when you walk into the room.  People usually think curtain panels are the last thing they need, but they’re amazed at how cozy the room feels after they get them up.

Below is an idea for a space with higher ceilings that I posted previously.

Something that has always bothered me about my living room is the fact my curtains were hung just above the top of the windows.  With the vaulted ceilings, the curtains belittled the large windows overlooking the wetlands behind me.  Here’s what the curtains used to look like:

A year or two ago, I found a great striped curtain panel with the same shade of burgundy of my existing curtain panels.  I purchased one striped panel with the assumption that I could divide the one panel into four sections to lengthen four curtain panels.

I measured each of the curtain panels to determine how much material is needed to be added on to each curtain panel to hang from ceiling to the floor (22 inches).  The original curtain panels would hang from the ceiling and stopping at the bottom of the window trim, at which point, the striped material would hang from the bottom of the window to the floor.  Lining this up keeps the lines around the windows streamlined.

I sewed 22 inch sections to the bottom of each curtain panel.  My mistake was to assume each of the original curtain panels were the same length.  I was accurate in my measurements for hanging the new rods and the added sections of the curtain panels, but as I hung the curtains up when I was finished, I had to strategically move the panels to hang on the wood floor or the carpet depending upon the length of the original panel!  Who would have thought???

The curtains still look spectacular.  Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.

Here is another one focusing on the curtain panel in the dining room – which are the same in the living room.

You can see the shorter rods hanging the panels from ceiling to the floor.

As mentioned earlier, the stripes start at the bottom of the window trim to keep the lines streamlined.  This allows for people’s eyes to keep traveling throughout the room and rest on the view outside the window or the orchids, in this case.

The curtains certainly add elegance and drama to the rooms.  Well worth the $50 that I spent on the new rods and the new curtain panel!!  Just remember to measure the original curtain panels to account for the differences in length!


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