Let’s get those curtains right!

Let’s get those curtains right! It’s a beautiful day out today so let’s keep this one short, sharp and succinct so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

Here are my top five tips to getting your curtains right.

James Dunlop, Contemporary Collection

Selecting the right pleat style

  • If you like a plush and full look, go for a French pleat. This uses more fabric and therefore expect to pay more
  • If budget is a factor, use a pencil, inverted or New York pleat as these use less fabric
  • For a modern, clean look go no further than a wave heading
  • For a casual, French Country look, a tab or tie heading will do the trick
found on: www.ballarddesigns.com/
found on: www.ballarddesigns.com/

Let the light in!

Order your track or rod at a customised length so it spans far enough either side of the glazing to allow your drapes to stack entirely off the glass. This ensures your view is unobstructed, maximum daylight enters your home and your curtain fabric is protected from sun damage.

Take full advantage of the height of your space

By taking your curtains right up to the ceiling you will extend the sense of height in your room, and who doesn’t want their room to look spacious. True no? As a rule of thumb, tracks and rods should be mounted at least 200mm above the architrave, and if you have a really high ceiling don’t be afraid to take them right up close to the ceiling line.

found on: blog.abigailahern.com/design/favourite-living-rooms-of-2015

Down to the floor

Nothing screams luxury like puddling drapes. Ok so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you’d prefer not to go for that look, at least let them relax on the floor by 10 – 20mm. Most fabrics absorb moisture and shrink during the dry months, and this will prevent a gap between the curtain and the floor – it’s like having your fav pair of pants shortened just that bit too much. Ouch!

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Even if you have a half height window, take the curtains right down to the floor. It looks ten times better. Promise.

Bungalow renovation, Lou Brown Design

Track colour

Unless you have a feature rod that you’d like to be on show, match your track colour to your wall colour. This will seamlessly blend the track into the wall, allowing your drapes to be the wow factor.


Interior Designer, BDVA (HONS)

16 thoughts on “Let’s get those curtains right!”

    1. Thanks Kirsten! Always love feedback, it’s great to know there’s people out there reading my posts 🙂 Really appreciate you taking the time to comment x

  1. Thanks for the tips Hayley, I love the way the ombre curtains have been styled in the first pic! I love those curtains but just wasn’t sure how they would look in a room. Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment! I’ve specified ombre curtains for a job before and they look WOW! Ombre curtains do look best in a space with a high ceiling so you get the full effect of the ombre. Hope your reno is going fab 🙂

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