Step one is to decide if you want your window to seem taller, wider, or both. Don’t just default to making them look bigger all around. Sometimes the illusion of taller or wider windows is more attractive with your space, either making the ceilings seem higher, or creating the illusion of a longer wall, and therefore larger room. Step back and look at your space before taking action. Set your goals based on the room.
These sheer curtains span from ceiling to floor and wall to wall, even though the windows certainly don’t. Our mind casually reads this as an entire wall of window, though.
Choosing Your Rod Length
Instinct might lead you to think that rod length should match the width of your window, or extend a bit beyond so that the curtains can move completely out of the view. And that is certainly one way to do it. It’s also not the only way!
If you want to create the illusion of huge windows, you can make them look much bigger by extending your rod and having more curtain width. Many people choose to add as much as two or three feet of rod length to each side. The mind automatically imagines that behind curtains is window, even if we know for a fact there’s a wall there.
If you have two windows near each other, you can even extend one enormous curtain rod over both of them, gathering curtains at both ends and between the windows. Or you can hang curtains over an entire wall that has one or more windows. This creates the illusion of a continuous window area.
Where Should You Hang Your Curtain Rod?
A natural choice for mounting your curtain rod would be right above the window. This absolutely works to cover the window, but does nothing to help it appear larger.
You can raise the rod a few inches, a few feet, or up to the ceiling to help your window appear taller. Whether you use a cornice board or lambrequin, you can move your curtain rods to the height you’d like your windows to appear to be. Of course, you won’t fool anyone paying close attention, but most people won’t be doing that, especially in this over-head area.
Deciding on Curtain Length
It’s not uncommon to extend curtains beyond the bottom edge of a window. This helps keep light out when the curtains are closed. Many homes have curtains that reach to the floor boards, despite windows ending at waist height. This common trick makes windows seem bigger, and you can use it too. Bring the curtain length all the way down to the floor, but don’t let them drag. That looks pretty on Pinterest, but is a safety hazard in your home.
Choosing Colors or Patterns
Do colors or patterns matter when trying to make your windows look more impressive? Yes, they do. The vertical pattern created by hanging folds of fabric make your windows look taller, and this can be aided or counteracted by fabric patterns.
To keep a simple vertical visual trend, you can use solid colors. Light colors make windows and walls look bigger, and matching the curtains to the walls can create an illusion of a very large room, as long as the color is not dark.
If you want to push the envelope and make things appear very tall, use vertical stripes or patterns that line up vertically. For larger than life windows, use a diagonal stripe. Large horizontal stripes can be used if your focus is to make the windows seem wider but not necessarily taller. Tiny horizontal stripes, on the other hand, work with the vertical folds to create an overall larger look.
The staff at Armand’s Drapery, Shutters, and Upholstery is always happy to help you find the look that makes your home the most homey. We’re happy to help you choose the window coverings for you.