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Height, Length and Width: Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Room

Height, Length and Width: Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Room

Window coverings can make or break the aesthetic in any space. Curtains are a great way to change the appearance of a room, making it feel brighter and even bigger. However, choosing the wrong curtains may have the opposite effect.

Here is a guide to picking the right curtains for your space:

To Add Width

If your window is narrow or you want to widen the look of your space, extend your curtain rod on either side of the window to cover an area of 10 to 12 inches outside the frame. Avoid slat blinds or Roman blinds if you’re trying to make your windows look wider. These options will sit inside the frame, making the window look even more narrow.

To Add Height

Place your curtain rod flush to the ceiling or below to add a lengthening effect to the room. Make sure your drapes are long enough to be flush with the floor to make the most of this effect, ensure that you avoid contact with heating elements or floor vents. Avoid fixing your curtain rods just above your window if you’re trying to create the illusion of higher ceilings.

To Add Privacy Without Sacrificing Light

Opt for fabrics such as thick linen or double-lined cotton to prevent your neighbours from seeing your living room dance parties. Black-out curtains are a great option to preserve energy and enhance privacy. You may also opt to install roller shades in your bedrooms for additional privacy.

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