Adding drapes and curtains to your window can add a lot of character, not only to the window, but for the entire room. You can change the look of the room by simply changing the curtains and its styling. It is lot cheaper to change the window treatment than to re-decorate the whole room.
Here are 5 ideas that you can use to achieve a modern look for your room.
Use decorative curtain rods
If you will not use valances or cornices, the hardware of the curtain will be exposed. If you use decorative curtain rods, then exposing the hardware is actually part of the design, and will add to the elegance of the curtain.
Along with the curtain rod, you can further enhance the look if you use decorative rings to attach the curtain. Copper or Bronze plated rings can add pizzazz to your treatment. Another idea that you can use, if you won’t use rings for your curtains, is to use flip-toppers. Flip-toppers is usually made up of fabric which is then used to affix the curtain to the rod. You can use a different fabric material for flip-toppers if you wish to add some contrast to the treatment.
Reconsider the Floor length
If you want to room to look more elegant and formal, consider putting a curtain that falls or even pools to the floor. Floor length curtains convey formality and elegance whereas curtains that fall a bit short of the fall has a more casual appearance.
If you want to achieve a really formal look, consider hanging the curtain starting from the ceiling height then let it fall all the way to the floor. This makes the window look at a lot taller than it really is.
Use tie-backs with lace
Tie-back curtain treatments has a lot of styles to choose from, ranging from the whimsical to the casual. You will need at least 2 curtain rods to achieve this treatment. You will also need the lace panels of the curtain to be 2 to 3 times the actual width of the window in order to achieve the tie-back lace style.
Tie-back lacing works well with curtains the drapes all the way to the floor, in order to complete the elegant look.
Drape the curtain fabric
Using a draped fabric is a simple, yet elegant way to achieve a sophisticated look for your window. This treatment works best with a decorative rod. You can use raw fabric for this treatment but make sure that it is made of attractive material. You will need to buy fabric that will cover at least 3 times the actual window size.
The basic idea for draping your curtain is actually create swags around the curtain rod, you can add pleats to the curtain so that it has a pinched look in between the swags.
Use printed curtains
The simplest and the cheapest of all the treatment ideas is to simply get printed curtains. This works excellently for a young girl’s room. You can find lots of patterns that are themed, for example, fairy-themed fabric or underwater-themed fabric. When she has tired of the theme, you can simply buy a new fabric, and voila, instant change of look.