The One Thing You Must Change In Your Home

It's January. It's cold, it's dreary, and it starts getting dark very early in the day. NOT my favorite time of year. So today, I decided to give you the one piece of decorating advice that you will really want to pin (if you do Pinterest, of course).  Because this is really like the best advice, ever. 

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This is a golden nugget of advice I give most of my clients, but they often can't visualize what I'm talking about.  So today, I'm going to SHOW YOU exactly what I mean.  Are you ready?  

 

WINDOW TREATMENTS

 

Changing the way you hang your curtain panels will make your windows look larger and grander (no matter how small or simple), and will allow you to let in sooooo much more light. Which is always important, but even more so in these dreary months of winter.  

 

You're welcome.

 

 

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Lija
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Lija

I'd love to add floor to ceiling curtains, but we have radiators under the windows so the curtains can't go to the floor.  What would you do?  Hang curtains from the ceiling to the tops of the radiators (or bottoms of the windows)?  Skip curtains and skip to roman shades? Something else?  

melissa
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melissa

I agree, raising the curtain rod enlarges the window and looks more elegant. The trouble I have with my window treatment is that by raising the rod, the curtains will no longer brush the floor. I would love to buy new curtains that are longer but most popular retail stores ( mine are from World Market) sell them at standard lengh.

So the question is, do I raise the rod. pulling them higher off the ground. Ive tried this before but couldnt help think of "high water" pants.

Colleen
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Colleen

Hi Kristie, this is great advice! I have a related question for you. In my home, we have a hallway which leads to the bathroom from the kitchen, however, the hallway is like a room in itself as it's a makeup room which also features a laundry closet. My question is about the one window in that hallway/room. It came outfiited with a blind which fits inside the window, but I am wondering if a curtain would be strange there? Basically, do curtains look strange in a hallway, should it just be left as a blind? I like the cozy,… Read more »

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Kristie—I have tried to tell friends this simple principle.

They just can't get it. Your illustration is great & SHOWS the difference effectively!

Now, if the ready made drapery industry would just co-operate by making longer drapes availble for everyone. It's a real search. My own LR  needs 116"– I do understand that that will never be a ready made size…looking at $1000's for 6 windows. But–I'll NOT get anything 'til then–rather have undressed windows than poorly dressed ones!

 

daniel tomlinson
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Yes, Mrs. Decorologist? I think you need more confidence.

-Mr. Maid Man

Donna Frasca
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Such a minor adjustment that will make such a HUGE impact in a room. Great point Kristie!

Carol Daniell
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Carol Daniell

Kristie, Hanging curtains too low has been one of my pet peeves! Now if somone has spent some real cash on their short curtains, they might think about adding a coordinating band of fabric at the bottom, and they'd STILL be able to raise their curtains to the ceiling! Incidentally, regarding my huge TV problem in the middle of the living room, He had mentioned he'd like a 3d tv and I found a much smaller 46"er with ALL the bells and whistles, that was 3d as well, Brand name, big time sale. So he put it next to the big one, and now there they… Read more »

Susanne
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Susanne

Hi Kristie. My rooms are so small that panels won't even fit. I have been using white 2" faux wood blinds (all white trim)  to make the rooms look as large and bright as possible. They are certainly not my first choice, but considering price and ease of cleaning, they work. Even using valances was somewhat overwhelming. Downton Abbey, we are not…lol.

 

Christina
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Christina

On a related note, what do you do about blinds?  I have an 8ft ceiling with crown molding and I would like to remove my curtains add some blinds to my windows.  Should the top of the blinds extend to the ceiling? 

Cherie
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Cherie

Such excellent advice, and I have seen it work with my own eyes!  It's like a little miracle, as your drawing clearly shows.  Hanging the curtains high as you have shown not only makes the windows look bigger, it also makes the ceilings look higher.  Quite an optical illusion!

Jen
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This is so, SO true. I actually drew a picture like this to prove to my darling husband that hanging them higher & wider than is 'traditionally accepted' looks better. So as we go through this still-new-to-us house, repainting rooms…the curtains get moved up. It makes *such* a difference! 

Jessica
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Jessica

We have just purchased our first home and I am so excited about moving in and decorating our shape. My question is how much higher would you recommend hanging the curtains? Our living room has a cathedral ceiling so there is no molding anywhere near the top of the windows. The rest of the house has 10 foot ceilings. Thanks for all the inspiration you share!

Marilynne Rowland
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Marilynne Rowland

So excited I have found your blog! I have been itchy to redo our home of almost 9 years, saw the post about the drapes and went immediately and ripped mine down! LOL!! I was hating those balloons/swags and didn't know it! So far, everything I did 9 years ago is so dated I do not know where to start!! Even have the gold/red paint with the chair rail! AAARRGG!! Cannot wait for the book and video. Reading every entry I can today! LOVE, love how you switched the dining room to the useless front room. Sounded like you were… Read more »

Jackie
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Jackie

Hello!  Thank you so much for this blog post.  I just found your blog and look forward to continue to follow your advice as I'm constantly looking for ways to update our home!  I do have a couple questions about hanging drapes high and wide.  Does this apply to windows with darker trim?  I literally CANNOT find a single picture of curtains hung high and wide on a window with trim other than the color white online.  I'm afraid the darker trim outlining the window beneath the treatments will make the treatments look funny if hung too high….?  Our newly purchased home was… Read more »

Jackie
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Jackie

Sorry for my grammatical/punctuation errors!  I've got an active toddler that distracted me (& was climbing on me) as I was trying to type my questions!  🙂

Sandy Allen
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Sandy Allen

I only have standard height windows and I do have crown molding, is there a rule about how high my curtain header can be… I want to hang my rod high and the drape is reg rod pocket with 3 in header. Total distance between top of window and where crown molding starts is 1 ft
Please will you help me out?

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Susan
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Susan

Hello! Just bought a house! I have high ceilings and 84″ long panels that I adore but are just too short. How about this: hanging them right at the top of the window so that they reach the floor nicely, but then installing a cornice above them in the same fabric that goes from the ceiling and down far enough to cover the telltale rod? That would be a lovely way to disguise the low-hanging drapes, give the illusion of height, right? I really don’t want to have to replace these panels if I don’t have to…

Kalika
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Kalika

Kristi,

What if my windows are very close to a wall on one side? There is only about 8 inches of space. Will the curtains look crammed into the corners if I try about and extend the rod to the wall?

Thanks!

Yogita Singh
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Yogita Singh

Kristie,

This is what I did and it looks great BUT now I cant move them. I have really high ceilings and a picture window about by sliders so I chose to hang the curtains higher than the picture window rather than between the two. Love the drama it adds but now I cant MOVE THEM!!! they don’t slid. Please advise!

Cathy
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Cathy

I have 9 foot ceilings in my living room. I am transforming tablecloths into curtains. My question is…since the tablecloths are 106″ long, should I utilize the entire length and hang my rods almost at the ceiling or should I cut them down and mount the rods at 96″? I have read that you should not mount your brackets any higher than 8 inches above your window…..but I’m thinking that you are suggesting differently. There are 19 inches above my windows. Please give me your opinion. Thanks!

Rapsag
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Rapsag

I have 12ft ceilings in my home, in my bedroom I have an 8ft sliding door with another window that’s approx 18inches wide should I be hanging my curtains above the TOP WINDOW?

I currently have vertical binds in the slider with a valance on top but looking at different options.

Please help!!!!

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pat
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pat

Hello kristie, me being a bloke have just done up my unit , the issue is i got a professional to do my curtains which cost me around 7000, when i talked to the lady i asked and made clear the the curtains had to be off the floor plus gathered at the top so the rail did not show, at this time i do not live in the unit but when i went to look at the said work the curtain rail was showing with the curtain hanging slightly below and the were hanging on the floor, i was… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

Hello,
My user image indicates, the help I need! I have always had issues with what to do with this widow because of all of the vaulted ceiling, window above window, business!
We built the house….had no idea at the time to think about the windows… 🙁 We are surrounded by oak trees and wanted to let all the light in as possible, so came up with the configuration you see 🙂

What thoughts come to your mind? PLEASE!

Brenda B.

Brenda
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Brenda

(Never mind the user i.d. comment lol)

Here is a better picture indicating what I wrote above.