Design is in the Details: Picking a curtain rod height

It’s not just the bold yellow color of the curtains in the Room of the Week that make them stand out in the room, it’s also their incredible height.  They are hung as high as they can get  and wider than the window, which makes the window more of a focal point because you can see it in its entirety,  and allows maximum natural light into the room.

Curtain height seems to be a hot point with a lot of designers (well, at least design blogs).  Many stress that curtain rods should be hung closer to the ceiling and wider than the window to look best.  But, I think you can make a case for hanging the rod closer to the actual window in height and width, if that suites the scale of the room better, or if you would prefer to make the room more cozy.  So, when you’re hanging your curtains think about the scale of the room, how much natural light you want in the room, and if you prefer to see all of the window or only part.

Here are a few examples  of curtains hung at varying heights and width.

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low & wide

low & close

high & close

high & wide

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