How to Incorporate Curtains

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When done well, curtains can be the cherry on the cake of a well designed room.

Curtains frame a window, make it look larger, draw your eye OUT, and make your ceilings look taller (when done right). The idea is to make the window appear larger than it is, and well chosen and positioned curtains draw your eyes outside of the window.

This week I’m sharing tips on how to frame a window really well. It doesn’t need to cost the earth either, so make sure you read to the end as I’m sharing my favorite curtain bargains too.

How to choose the right curtains

Just as I say with rugs, I like to choose ONE big statement in the room. So if you have a busy, statement rug, go with understated curtains. If you have solid, one color bedding, try something funky with the curtains.

Make sure you pick curtains that are longer than the window, too. Curtains that stop just below the window do not look good.

How to hang curtains well

Position your curtain rod halfway between the window and the ceiling. You can go higher (I often do) but definitely not lower. Choose a rod that is wider than your window too. Not excessively, but enough to add extra length to your window and prevent covering as much of the natural light as possible.


When you don’t need curtains

As much as I love a good curtain situation, they’re not right for every window. If you live in a home where you have lots of natural privacy (think wooded areas with tree coverage) you don’t need to worry about having the extra layer of privacy curtains provide.

What the inside of your home looks like matters too. If the rest of your room is minimalist in style then curtains might not suit that aesthetic. The same is true if you have more intricate style windows. Curtains will hide those beautiful features and have the potential to make the window look overly fussy.

My go-to curtain suggestions

You know I love me a good basic Ikea curtain ($20 pair, yes please).


Another current go-to is the “Aruba Blackout Curtain” from Target. About $30/ panel, but heavy and thick linen look and absolutely lovely.


Looking to make a bigger statement? Check Anthropologie for some super fun patterns, just be prepared to spend a buck (or 100).


For a low cost long curtain rod, the Ikea Hugad is a must. You can fit multiple Hugads together for larger windows (my personal best was 15 feet for under $20!)

Hey there, I'm Michelle!

Interior Decorator in Austin, TEXAS

As the founder and lead interior decorator here at Cultivate Your Space, I'm here to bring you the vision your space—from the baseboards to the ceilings—even if you have no idea at all what your decorating style is.

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Most Austin interior decorators only focus on how your space looks—but not me. I care about both how your space functions AND how it makes you feel.

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