Updating your décor with new curtains is the perfect way to transform any living space. When choosing the right curtains for your project, consider the style of your existing space, the window style and the finished look you are desire. Function also plays a key role in your curtain selection. Eclipse curtains provide decorative style and privacy and also offer light-blocking, noise-reducing and energy-saving solutions for the home.
Top TreatmentsValances are the perfect addition to any window décor. Available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and prints, valances can stand alone or be layered over panels and sheers for a complete decorator look. Many valances offer accent details such as scalloped edges, inset pleating, beaded trims and tassels. Review the top treatments below for more details.
A traditional valance style, the straight valance can be simple or offer decorative embellishments like inset pleats and accent trim.
A more commonly found valance type, the scalloped valance offers a shaped bottom, sometimes paired with trim for added visual effect.
The ascot valance offers a more dramatic top treatment effect. Many ascot valances offer a decorative tassel embellishment.
A soft fabric valance that is billowy and lush, drooping in graceful, looping folds across the top of a window. Also known as a cloud, though the shape varies slightly.
A curtain scarf can be used to create a swag look or simple scarf at the top of the window, either with or without panels. A single lengthy piece of fabric is wrapped loosely around a decorative curtain rod, or loops through decorative brackets placed on either side of a window frame.
HardwareCurtain Hardware Tips:
• Buy Decorative Window Hardware that coordinates with room furnishings for decorator or total finished look.
• Use Decorative Hardware Tiebacks to pull curtains aside and instantly brighten a room.
• Install your curtain rods close to ceiling moldings to visually increase the height of a room.
Traditional Rods & Pockets
Drapery rods and brackets are the most commonly used hardware for hanging window treatments. Curtain hardware can be made of wood or metal such as wrought iron or steel. The drapery rod is the foremost piece of hardware used to suspend a window treatment. Most commonly found curtain rods are the continental rod (wide and flat), lock seam rods (bent angle flat rods) and standard round rods.
Decorative Rods, Brackets & Finials
Both functional and fashionable, decorative rods and brackets are usually more visible and add decorative flair to the window treatments. Whether you are looking for a traditional or dramatic look, finials designs allow you to add that personal touch to your finished look.
A specialty hardware, a traverse rod consists of a horizontal rod with a built-in mechanism by which attached draperies can be drawn with a pull cord. Curtains are usually hung on a traverse rod with drapery hooks. A traverse rod is recommended for hanging most patio door curtains.
Clip rings are available in many different sizes and materials. They easily clip to the top of the curtain panel to facilitate hanging on a standard or decorative curtain rod. Clip rings can be used as a decorative accent when hanging curtains for a more decorative look.
Drapery hooks are most commonly used to hang pinch pleat curtains on a decorative or traverse curtain rod. Clip rings easily hook to the inside of the curtain pleat at the top of the curtain. Curtains hung with hooks tend to have a more smooth open and close experience.
Holdback or Tieback
Holdbacks or tiebacks are decorative and functional. They are typically placed about one third to midway down the window to hold draperies back to either side. They can be installed on window trim or on the wall depending on desired effect. Fabric tiebacks can be used in conjunction with holdback hardware for a decorative look.
Curtain StylesThere are several factors to consider when selecting curtains for the home. First, you'll need to determine what your desired finished look will be while considering personal style and overall functionality. You'll also need to measure your windows or doors to help you determine what size curtains to purchase and how many curtain panels and valances you'll need. And finally, you'll need to select the perfect curtain hardware for hanging your curtains. To help make your decision easier, we have provided some definitions and tips below.
Curtain panels are the most commonly used window treatments. They provide a fashionable and functional solution for any home décor. Curtain panels come in many lengths and widths to accommodate an array of window sizes and shapes. Window draperies are designed to offer a variety of decorative styles including most commonly found rod pocket, grommet and back tab. Other decorative styles include tie top, pinch pleat and tab top.
Top treatments, also commonly called curtain valances, can be hung as a layered look over panels or by themselves as a decorative accent at the top of any window. Multiple valances can be hung to create a fuller look. Valances come in multiple widths and lengths and can be used to create a dramatic layered look when hung over curtain panels. Common valance styles include scalloped, ascot and straight. Many valances offer decorative trims including beads, tassels, and fringe.
Sheer curtain panels provide privacy, defuse outside sunrays and provide a fashionable solution for any home décor. Sheers have become the modern alternative to traditional lace panels with recent innovations in fabric designs and embellishments. Decorator looks include stylish burnout designs, embroideries and prints. Hang sheer panels separately or as an accent layer to existing curtains or draperies. Sheers provide a soft look and allow you to add subtle color to any window décor.
Create A Layered Look
Created a fully-fashioned look by layering panels, sheers and valances. Layered window treatments are more luxurious and elegant and can be formal or traditional depending on your choice of curtains. Take your layered look to the extreme with embellished curtains and valances or create a simple layered look with solid panels and valances and add a colorful sheer. You will need multiple sets of hardware to create a layered look.