What Curtains Should Do for a Room’s Decor
After sharing the transformation of the guest bedroom from blue to white, I shared that my next project was window coverings….several suggested if I could, to NOT put up curtains. I agree, to an extent. The window frames and detain in this room are beautiful. But, for guest’s privacy, I need to have some window coverings. So, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about what curtains should do for a Room’s Decor.
Add Interest and Texture
Every element of the room’s decor should play a part in bringing together for the whole decor style. For window treatments, they should add interest, color and texture to a room. Here are some considerations when selecting curtains:
- Lined or Un-lined Curtains – do you need/want to black out light?
- Color and Pattern – add warmth, interest and texture
- Fabric Selection – this is a beautiful cotton fabric
- Length and Width – should ‘kiss the floor or puddle’
- How Hight should you hang the curtains
Where do you hang a curtain rod?
The popular recommendation is to hang curtains at or near the ceiling. This can leave a gap between the window and the ceiling. If your window has a transom, then you’re emphasizing its beauty. You can add interest (as I did with the sign) or hang midway between the frame and ceiling. Hanging curtains high, as in this case, in a small room can give the illusion that the room is larger.
How I selected My Window Treatment
My first consideration was to give my guests privacy. My second consideration was to retain as much light as possible. My third consideration was to add beauty, color and interest to a nearly all white bedroom.
I found these faux bamboo shades at a Habitat Restore. They were creamier – almost beige. The easy fix was to paint them white. They still have a natural look. I love that they give privacy but allow a lot of light to still come through. I also had to cut them to fit.
The curtain fabric I had selected years back. I found this fabric at a warehouse sale. I love the vintage style of this fabric pattern by Sarah Richardson. I didn’t want curtains that could completely cover the window – I wanted them to frame the window.
The room decor style is Prairie Cottage. There will be decorative elements that will work well together to add more interest and texture. I love signs and wanted to add something whimsical, romantic and encouraging… I’ll share more soon on how I made this sign.
The Progress of the Guest Bedroom for One Room Challenge
Step 3 deciding on and making the window treatment
This room is an example of how you can decorate beautifully on a budget. Every element was either purchased at an Estate sale (bed), thrift store, or warehouse sale. It takes a little more time and determination, but it can be done with a little bit of an element of fun too!
Next…the furniture selection
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