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How to Decorate Using Curtains & Drapes
When you’re decorating, the furniture and artwork are usually a room’s real statement pieces. However, curtains or drapes can make quite a splash too, particularly if your home has oversized windows or a large number of them. Decorating with window treatments isn’t difficult — you just have to know how to choose the right ones for the look and style you want.
Curtains and drapes are an ideal way to incorporate an accent color into your room design. For the most striking look, create a contrast between the wall color and the curtains so the window treatments really draw the eye. You can create a simple look by using curtains or drapes in a shade that differs in depth from the wall color. For example, if your walls are a light tan, hang rich chocolate brown drapes. If your walls are dark blue-gray, opt for sky blue curtains. For a bolder contrast, pair two shades with differing undertones. Hanging warm terra cotta curtains against navy walls or cool sage drapes against cranberry walls offers a striking look that gives your room a fresh, modern vibe.
Introduce a Pattern
Incorporating a pattern in your home decor is an easy way to break up a solid color palette and add visual interest to a room. You may not want to use bold patterns on your walls or large furniture pieces because these are more permanent or costly elements in the design. On the other hand, curtains and drapes are easy to change — if you get tired of a pattern, you can swap your window treatments out for new ones. Go for a classic, traditional look with delicate floral print curtains. If you want to give your room some French flair, hang drapes with a chic toile print. For a modern look, hang curtains in a chevron or herringbone pattern, or go even funkier by using an animal print pattern to really give your room character.
Play With Texture
Curtains and drapes come in a variety of materials, so you can also use their texture to add dimension to your room design. For example, if you’re creating an elegant, sophisticated room with a velvet sofa, sumptuous silk curtains can make the space even more luxurious. You can also use curtains to help balance the textures in a room — soften the look of a masculine leather couch by pairing it with lightweight sheer curtains or dress up a plain cotton microfiber couch with tweed drapes. Simply choosing curtains or drapes in a fabric with an eye-catching texture can also punch up the look of your room. Consider suede, velvet or tapestry curtains to make a statement in an otherwise plain room.
In addition to color, pattern, and texture, the length of your curtains or drapes can add drama to your room in a big way. For a casual, understated look, your curtains should reach just below the windowsill. However, if you want a more formal, dramatic look, floor-length curtains or drapes are definitely the way to go. You can make the look softer and more romantic by choosing extra-long curtains that pool on the floor.
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