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are usually hung for privacy, but they’re grand decor pieces as well. They tend
to make a big impression simply due to their sheer square footage—if you have
many windows to cover, that’s a lot of real estate. Curtain fabric can be
sheer, a linen, cotton or polyester blend, tweed or luxurious velvet. Many
styles have blackout lining, which helps block light and protect the fabric
from fading in the sun. This lining also helps to regulate temperature by
keeping out external cold or heat.
it comes to length, the curtain should be long enough to reach the
windowsill—any length beyond that is entirely personal and a matter of what
looks best in the room. Linen or polyester drapes that run just to the
windowsill or tiny bit beyond is a tidy look. Our Classic Voile Sheer Drape
looks like a breath of fresh air just grazing the floor, while rich velvet
drapes with a swathes of fabric tumbling onto the floor, and then some, is a
romantic look that leans gothic.
curtains is a cinch, and there are three mounting options to choose from. A
‘trim mount’ is when hardware is attached directly to the decorative moulding
above the window. A ‘wall mount’ is when the hardware brackets are attached to
the wall above the trim, giving the window a fuller look. Or there’s the
‘inside mount’ where hardware is attached to the inner frame, leaving the
mouding (or trim) visible.
deciding what mount is best, measure the window diagonally from the top two
corners to the bottom two corners. If there’s a big difference, the window
isn’t exactly square and a wall mount is the better choice.
keep in mind that when planning a window treatment, it’s easy enough to take
measurements, but there are a few considerations that aren’t as obvious. For
instance, if choosing the wall mount method, the curtain rod will need to be 6
inches (16 cm) longer than the window. And if finials are part of the look,
those can add up to 4 inches (10 cm) on each side, so it’s important to make
sure there’s enough clearance.
shades are a handsome and practical option for window treatments. They can be
used on their own or paired with curtains for an easy way to gain privacy
without having to draw the drapes. Pottery Barn Roman Shades are typically made
from cotton or linen, or a blend of the two. Some feature blackout lining for
superior light blocking and can help with temperature regulation—perfect for
windows with southern exposure—or a light-filtering lining that allows in some
of the sunlight for a natural glow.
shades are traditionally operated using cords, which can pose a safety risk for
families with young children (a crib should never be placed where cords can be
reached by an infant). But parents don’t have to worry about that with many
Roman shades from Pottery Barn—our exclusive design is completely cordless for
the safest choice.
rods, wall brackets, finials, curtain rings, clips, holdbacks—these are the
pieces that hold curtains in place, and accent window treatments like
jewellery. Choose from finishes in cast-iron, antique bronze, rubbed bronze and
antique pewter in styles that ranged from understated to more ornate. It’s also
possible to get double rod sets that come with two curtain rods and brackets
for layering two styles of drapery over the same window—consider pairing light
sheer drapes with heavier textured linen panels for a clean yet blowy look.