Where you hang your curtains can make the difference between stylish or awkward. Hanging curtain brackets on the wall just above and outside of each window molding will look best; mounting in this manner will allow the fabric to fall gracefully. Some people however, have detailed window frames that they do not want to cover with mounts and fabric. In this situation, you can consider an inside mount, by hanging curtains within the frame, you can keep the character of you home while still using curtains. Here are two possible hanging tricks that can be used to maximize window space. You can use one or both of these techniques:
Hang the curtains above the frame. This will create the illusion of a taller window. To do this, mount the rod four to six inches above the frame, or halfway between the frame and ceiling molding. One thing to know is to not go more than eight inches above the frame or it might look awkward. Another option is a track mounted on the ceiling, if you choose this method, be sure to account for the extra fabric.
Hang the curtains wider than the frame. Extending the rod three to six inches beyond the window frame on each side can make the window feel larger and allows for extra light because the fabric hangs against the wall without blocking the glass. This technique will also help to reveal pretty molding. When measuring, make sure to adjust for the added width. Click here to read more about curtain installation.
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