Think of curtain rods as jewelry for your windows. You can use
them to dress a window up or down. Many people are unaware of
the design opportunities they present, or donít take full
advantage of them. It helps to know there are many options
available, not only for your window coverings, but for your
rods as well.
Curtain rods come in all types, for many types of decorating
options. Some are adjustable, which makes it easy to change the
look of your window treatments. Some rods are simple and
understated, with plain ends, or they can be decorative and
striking. The rods themselves are generally made of metal or
wood. The finials, which are the decorations that adorn the
ends of the rod, can be metal, wood, blown glass or any number
of materials. The great part about finials is that they can
easily and quickly update the look of a window. They also pull
together the look of your window treatments to give your
windows a finished appearance. You can go from a simple wooden
knob to an ornate metal birdcage design to blown glass orbs
with the flick of a wrist. Changing the finials is an
inexpensive redecorating idea.
The brackets that hold the rods are sometimes decorative as
well. They can be simple metal holders, or ornate plaster
decorations. They can be for single rods, to hold a single type
of panel, or for double rods, to hold a panel and a sheer. The
double rods provide an opportunity for a wide variety of color,
texture and print combinations between curtain and sheer.
Doubling up on fabric is also a great way to help insulate your
house against the cold from those drafty windows.
If youíre trying to create a particular look, the way you hang
the rods is important. Sometimes rods are hung well above the
top of a window, so that when curtains are placed on them, they
provide the illusion of tall windows. Similarly, you can hang a
long rod that is wider than your window, then hang curtains
from this rod to give the impression of a much wider window. If
you donít like your windows, this is a great way to camouflage
them. Similarly, if you do like them, this is a great way to
play them up. You can also use rods to hang tapestries or other
wall hangings in your home.
Even if you feel uninspired, simply being creative with wall
and window treatments is an artistic way to update your home
without breaking the bank.
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