It is rather intimidating to choose a particular style of curtain, the fabric, the design of the fabric and even hanging one. We have these nagging questions in our head such as will the design be good, will the color match whatever is in the room, is the fabric perfect, are the measurements alright? So many questions, and they seem to be hard to answer.
Through the years I have learned that small variations in the length of the curtains can make a big difference in the statement that you’re creating. It is important to decide on the look you want before deciding on the fabric or buying ready-made panels and measure from where the rod is going to be hanged to the floor. I used to buy long ones when I got ready made panels and have them hemmed to the exact length that I want.
I found that having up to four extra inches feels “romantic” as it creates an old fashioned puddle. Adding 1/2 to 1 inch so that the fabric breaks a bit at the bottom gives that “lived in” look. I prefer the tailored look, wherein the curtain hits the floor as it is streamlined and neat.
In an effort to have the high ceiling illusion, I hang the rod above the molding of the window which visually extends the window’s height. Aside from that, if maximum lighting is desired, hanging the rod anywhere from 10 to 18 inches out of the actual window frame on each side will allow you to push back the curtains.
I have custom made drapes on some rooms in the house and I must admit these really fit better as the picture windows in our place are so wide, they don’t conform to ready made panels standard sizes. I love the tailored appeal of custom curtains because they are carefully stitched and they resulted in a nicer drape. Ready made pieces lack the tailored appeal, but they are more economical and the wait is not that long. The lead time is not as bad as the custom drapes from ordering to installation, besides you always have the option to return and or exchange them if you picked the wrong one.