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5 ways to add character to your curtains

Curtains are a key feature for any room. They add colour, texture and a sense of style to your décor. If yours don’t feel as fresh as they once did, you don’t necessarily have to spend money on a new set. There are plenty of ways you can add character and enjoyment to your existing curtains. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Add some tiebacks

Most curtains will stay drawn back, without them needing to be held in place. However, adding a set of tiebacks can really help to enhance their overall appearance. For a classic, chic look, you could install a set of material tiebacks. Traditionally these are made from the same material as your curtains.

On the other hand, you might prefer something a bit different. If this sounds like you, then why not get creative? Two lengths of knotted rope would make excellent tiebacks for a rustic looking room. For a more feminine look, you could try tying a ribbon bow around each curtain. Another option is to use a string of beads, or even an old pearl necklace. Have fun choosing something that matches the style of your home.

Theme your hooks

Metal hooks are another alternative to traditional material tiebacks. A hook is fixed to the wall on either side of the window. The curtain is then pushed behind the hook, to hold it open. There are so many designs available, it should be easy to find a set to match your décor.

If you really want to create a feature with your windows, try theming your hooks. Nature is a great theme to start with. You can find hooks shaped like branches, antlers, and even woodland animals. Leaf and flower designs are also very popular.

Replace the rings

A lot of people choose to hang their curtains from a set of rings. If this is the case in your home, you might like to swap the rings for something more fun. One option is to replace them with ribbons. Depending on your colour scheme, you could choose a tone that compliments your furniture.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even use ribbons in different colours to create a rainbow effect. For something a little subtler, you could opt for metal rings. Again, choose between warm and cool tones, depending on the colour of your décor. Metallic rings will look especially chic as part of a simple, minimalist room.

Double your layers

To add dimension to your windows, consider using two layers of curtains. This works best when the materials you choose contrast one another. For example, try layering thick drapes over a lightweight net curtain. If net isn’t your style, you could use a sheer fabric or a thin cotton. As well as looking great, this also allows you to maintain a level of privacy whilst letting in more light. You could also consider a beaded curtain. Whilst this wouldn’t achieve the same level of privacy, it would add a sense of fun to your window area.

Add a pelmet or valance

A pelmet or valance is a popular choice for enhancing a set of curtains. Traditionally, this sits over the curtain rail and matches the pattern or colour of your curtains. This will create a sense of consistency, which is pleasing to the eye. Alternatively, you could choose a more unusual design. This could be very ornate and feature details such as lace trims or beading. You could even go for something whimsical like a row of pom-poms or bunting. Play with different ideas and see what works for your room.

DIY blogger, Cyndy Aldred states:

Making an upholstered pelmet is really easy.  With the creative designs of today, it can be a great way to update a room and your windows.

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