September 18, 2015
We asked designer Andrew Pike to share his tips on hanging curtains and how to achieve the photo ready look. Here's what he had to say....
1. MOUNT THE ROD CLOSE TO THE CEILING
Far too often people are tempted to hang the curtains right at the top of the window frame. You will make the room and the window look taller by bringing the rod closer to the ceiling or the crown moulding. Don't worry if you have a lot of wall space above the window, the drapes will help disguise that.
2. EXTEND THE ROD
I like to treat the window frame as the place where the drapery panels should start and move OUT, not into the window itself. The goal is to always make the window look bigger, not smaller and let as much light in as possible. To do this I like to extend the rod 16" (40.6 cm) - 20" (50.8cm) past the frame. That’s where the panels will sit when they are open, consequently making the window look larger.
3. DON'T FALL TOO SHORT
I always like my curtains to 'kiss' the floor. It’s a clean, modern look. Beware of drapes that are too short! Anything over half an inch off the floor looks strange, so don't end your curtains halfway up the wall unless you have an issue like a baseboard radiator to contend with.
4. CREATE A "PHOTO-READY" LOOK
A tip for getting the photo-ready look is to train your curtains to fall properly resulting in a clean, tailored pleat that will stay put. There are a few steps in this process but it’s worth it:
1) Iron or steam curtains prior to hanging them to remove the bulk of the creases. Hang pressed curtains in neatly folded panels on hangers or better yet lay them out on a bed or a sofa until they are ready to be installed.
2) Once curtains are installed, start at the top of the rod and gently follow the folds or the pleats down the entire drape with your fingers. They will naturally follow a fold based on the hooks or grommets at the top.
3) Once you have even pleats all the way through, wrap them gently in a paper towel and loosely tape the paper towel shut. Do this at the bottom and the middle (the top folds should hold themselves on the rod), and leave them for 48-72 hours to let them set. If you have a steamer this will help encourage and speed up the process.
4) Remove the paper towels, gently ruffle the panels to loosen them up.
About Andrew Pike
Andrew is a Toronto based designer and resident Décor Expert on The Marilyn Denis Show where he has gotten to know the Umbra team. His boutique design business provides design services to residential and commercial clients in Canada and abroad.
Visit his website to learn more and follow him on Instagram @andrewpikeinteriors or Twitter
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