Drapes add impact through the use of color, pattern, texture and decorative details. And when hung right, they can give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window and let in huge amounts of light. You don’t have to be an expert to know how to hang drapes. If your space is small, or you just want your windows to appear larger, here are some simple ways to make your windows look larger.
If you have the space, try using a drapery rod that is 60-80 percent larger than the window. Each drapery panel should span from the rod’s end to just past the outer edge of the window glass. In both cases, the eye assumes the extra fabric at each end of the rod covers window instead of wall.
Make short windows look taller by hanging floor-length curtains or draperies at or near the ceiling. Installing the rod 2 inches below the ceiling molding is ideal. Just be sure your finial isn’t too large for this.
To make a short window look taller, have draperies made from printed fabric with a vertically inclined pattern. Vertical patterns include more than just stripes; you can use any pattern that draws your eye up and down rather than side to side. To make tall, narrow windows look wider, choose a horizontal pattern that draws your eye across instead of up. If you want to create the illusion of both height and width, opt for a vertically inclined pattern, or use a solid or random print.
To make a small window look both taller and wider, do both of the above. Install an extra-long drapery rod at or near the ceiling. Hang floor-length curtain or drapery panels from the rod, with the leading edges just overlapping the outside edges of the window glass.
Now for the rest of the room:
We all know of white’s reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher. Finally, in small spaces that can quickly become cluttered looking, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes the architecture
Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.
Also avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space in the room. For example, a sleek sofa or chair will give you as much sitting room as its overstuffed cousin but will take up much less of your room. If you’re wanting a large statement piece, hang it on the wall (a piece of art and mirror). Don’t consume valuable living space by putting it on the floor.
If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.
With these tips you’re sure to create a larger looking, airy space. And when you’re ready to purchase your drapes, please contact DrapeStyle. We have been in the online business for 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of custom drapery experience. Please visit our Houzz page for more information.