Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raise the roof

OK, so I may not be able to raise the roof but I can definitely show you how to create the appearance of a higher ceiling.  This may be one of my all time favorite design tips...raise your curtain rod!  Just do it {please}.  Raising your curtain rod to just below the ceiling line or crown moulding will make your room feel larger by making your ceiling feel higher.  I promise you won't be disappointed with the results.  The problem I run into is, unless you have custom curtains, you won't have enough length in your panels for them to puddle {and slight curtain puddling is a must for me}.  So, what's a girl to do?  An easy solution is to add coordinating fabric to your existing panel.  This is one of those projects that is simple yet makes a huge impact in your room.  If you can thread a needle then you can do this {seriously easy-peasy}!  

Case in point...I love paisley and I knew that I wanted paisley curtains for my breakfast nook.  Not only did I want paisley curtains but they had to be muted shades of tan and chocolate with the slightest hint of french blue. {Some may call me picky but I think I'm just selective.}  Would you believe that my mother-in-law found the exact panel I had been envisioning?  {I can because she is amazing like that!}  The problem was there was only 1 panel and the length was 84 inches.  No big deal...I took some extra chocolate brown fabric leftover from custom living room panels and added them to the bottom.  I didn't even remove the hem on the panels...just laid the fabric over the existing hem and sewed a straight stitch.  Less than 5 minutes and my problem was solved.  

As you can see, I chose to drape my panel  across the window to one side.  If light is an issue in your space, you could hang the panel straight, being sure it is pushed to one side and falls just inside of the window frame to make your window appear larger.  It is simply a matter of preference.

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  1. Totally agree! My mom taught me this trick :)

  2. Anonymous2/01/2012

    LOVE IT!