Question re: Hanging Curtains

stephfNovember 15, 2012

What is more important when it comes to hanging curtains? For the curtain rod to be mounted near the ceiling, or for the curtains to touch the floor?

My predicament: My family room has 10 ft ceilings. The top of the window trim is about 7 ft from the floor. The curtains we picked out for the family room only come in 84" length, which I thought would be fine. I mounted the rods right above the window trim and the curtains go down to the floor. However, after living with it for a few days, it's beginning to look...weird. Having all that space at the top of the window is making the windows look strangely out of proportion to the rest of the room. I want to remount the hardware closer to the ceiling, but that will mean that my curtains will stop where the window does, and I'm afraid that will have the same affect, just opposite (if that makes any sense at all).

What should I do?

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lindac

Unless you never ever plan to open them, place the rod right at the top of the window casing.
It's a big decorating faux pas to have a dumb square of wall showing above the window and below the rod when the draperies are open.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:50PM
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Fun2BHere

You could have custom draperies made or you could add fabric to the bottom of the ready-made draperies to make them the right length. Personally, I like draperies hung close to the ceiling, but many people do not care to see the blank wall space above the window frame that results when draperies are hung that way. I don't know anyone, however, who doesn't prefer to see their full length draperies reach the floor unless they have baseboard heating.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:50PM
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palimpsest

I think in your case mounting them so they touch the floor is the most appropriate. (In other words where they are now)

In order for them to look correct hanging from ceiling height, they would have to be full length to the floor.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:53PM
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stephf

"It's a big decorating faux pas to have a dumb square of wall showing above the window and below the rod when the draperies are open."

I was wondering about this too, actually. I can see how that would look equally dorky.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 3:36PM
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palimpsest

This is the proper way to compensate for low windows. These Extremely low windows in Nate Berkus's apartment from Arch. Dig. are only as high as the bottom of the blind.

If you go with a higher rod to elongate the window, you have to complete the illusion:

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 3:39PM
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stephf

That is actually amazing. Definitely something to think about!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:15PM
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graywings123

What is more important when it comes to hanging curtains? For the curtain rod to be mounted near the ceiling, or for the curtains to touch the floor?

For the curtains to touch the floor.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:24PM
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lolauren

I agree with pal completely.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 6:08PM
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allison0704

"It's a big decorating faux pas to have a dumb square of wall showing above the window and below the rod when the draperies are open."

It's actually not a "faux pas" at all. Like many things in decorating, it all boils down to personal preference. Look in any magazine, from BH&G to AD, and you'll find it done both ways by interior designers touted as the best.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 6:13PM
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bronwynsmom

I get so impatient with all the moderately priced retailers who provide curtains that are too durn short to look the least bit elegant or well proportioned in most people's houses.

As many of you know too well, I am a big fan of long panels hung high, with bamboo, matchstick, or Roman blinds behind the rod to cover the top of the window trim.

Thank you, Nate Berkus, for a perfect example of how effective that can be.

Here's a sketch (made for another post) of how I suggested the idea to handle a set of small high windows.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 6:34PM
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funkyart

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bronwynn's mom-- I will have the high, small window problem in the house I am moving into. I have a few ideas about how to handle them..and now you've given me another to add to my bag of tricks. Love the bookshelves. I also saw a cute setup with a line of small prints above a bed and beneath the window.

The key, whether dealing with blank space above or below the window, seems to be to use the space or hide it.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 8:49PM
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lindac

Thanks, Pal....that's what I was talking about...
That's a good solution to that dumb square over the rod problem.
And Allison, of course you are right...it's all about what you like.
BUT...then I wonder what the purpose of this forum is???

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:56PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Lindac, ...then I wonder what the purpose of this forum is???

To give you suggestions and ideas you haven't thought about before, so you know that what you end up with is what you like the most!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:46AM
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