The process of decorating or redecorating your home is supposed to be a fun and creative one, but for some people it can be physically torturous and downright sadistic. But those people can’t live in blank white boxes forever. The human mind needs color, texture, pattern, and pizazz to keep itself occupied or else it atrophies like a muscle and the easiest way to work it out is to decorate your space!
Nearly every space in your house could look better if you install curtains or drapery. Hanging fabric from walls and ceilings have the magic ability of creating the illusion of larger spaces and higher ceilings or separating the space into sections all together.
Sometimes, things like solid doors or wicker partitions can be an eyesore and add too much junk to the room. Instead, go for something sleek, smooth, and stylish that can add a splash of drama and elegance to every room. You can even consider using curtain panels in strange, random places throughout your house just to shock and surprise your family and friends.
Adding a neutral colored fabric adds warmth to a space while adding a splash of bold can make a large impact. Panels with patterned material give your eyes something to do while you’re stuck inside on those long, lonely, cold winter days. Instead of painting the walls and upholstering furniture with crazy fabrics, just get some window blankets.
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#1: Make your entryway stand out.
Curtains, drapes, and lots of flowing fabric can turn your humdrum entryway into an elegant Grecian foyer. A pole may be installed across the top of the door frame, for example, so the fabric may fall in front of the entire door.
Another idea, if you have windows beside your front door, is to install a wider bar above the door and both windows. Then, hang smaller panels from it, one in front of each window. It’s like framing your front door in any patterned fabric you want. A nice bonus is when the light shines through the fabric; you get a kaleidoscope effect for the kids!
#2: Use them to frame your bath or shower.
Another common and popular way to decorate your bathroom is to hang sheer and moisture-safe materials from ceilings and freestanding curtain rods in order to section the bathroom off. This can be done for several reasons including privacy, safety, and style.
Make sure the fabric panels you purchase are waterproof or mold-proof. Even if the curtains or drapes are not hung around the shower or bathtub, they will still get wet from the humidity the running water creates.
Another important thing to remember if you are to use curtains in the bathroom is to make sure they go with the theme of the bathroom. Now this could be your classic aquatic theme, but personally I think it’s a bit drab. I’d go for H.P. Lovecraft or even shipwreck theme, anything tangentially related to water that isn’t just nautical or aquatic.
#3: Turn your bedroom into a fancy boudoir.
Bedrooms should be a place of comfort and solitude. In order to create even more of a personal space, consider creating your own canopy to hang around your bed.
Canopies look fancy and offer a light, germ, and privacy guard to your sacred sleeping area. You can click here for other instructions on how to create your own canopy. It’s easy, fun, cheap, and fully-customizable.
#4: Add a notch of privacy to your bedroom.
Room dividers can be large, bulky, expensive, and ugly. Instead, most people are opting to separate their living spaces with curtains. For instance, if you share a bedroom and need a private area to change in peace, a curtain can be hung from which to change behind.
#5: Use them as a door.
Instead of large, loud, heavy doors in the arches and frames of your house, I suggest trying curtains. I do not, however, recommend hanging a curtain in place of a doorway in your bathroom. This sounds like a recipe for disaster and, at the very least, a recipe for sanitation problems.
In general, fabric is a better idea for flow of air and energy throughout the house as well as helping create a better, more welcoming atmosphere by joining all the spaces together. For a fancier look, consider pleated curtains for your doorway. Certain types of pinch pleated drapes can add flair of professionalism or class to any room, when used right. Neutral tones communicate a welcome atmosphere and are recommended in entrances.
#6: Curtains? Outdoors? Not as crazy as it sounds.
Try hanging drapes outside to help enshrine your outdoor living space, ensure the privacy of it, and spice up an area typically overlooked in the decoration department. However, be cautious. Just like adding drapery to the bathroom, make sure the fabric used is weatherproof. The last thing you want is moldy curtains.
#7: Lights, Camera, Action! Next stop, Hollywood.
Green screens are all the rage in Hollywood filmmaking right now. Did you know that most of those effects are simply an actor being filmed in front of a large swatch of fabric in a bright color, then composited into another place in post-production?
Most indie productions already know this trick, but large curtains that run along the side of the room are the easiest and most cost-effective way to achieve this on a budget. Bonus: you get free decoration after the shoot is over!
#8: Use them to hide unsightly areas in your house.
Places like beneath the sink, beneath the staircase, or even a thin closet without a door is areas people typically want to hide. Try placing one or two panels above these areas to add a burst of fun and distract your eye from the mess of your house. It’s not always a good idea to use patterns as this could actually draw your eye to them, so be cautious.