How to make a room look bigger with curtains
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How to make a room look bigger with curtains is how to achieve this within your home without starting long and expensive renovations.
Whether you own your house or you’re renting, the size of a room within your home is not something you can change very easily or without starting long and expensive renovations.
Yet we all want our spaces to feel large, open, spacious and stylish.
When decorating smaller areas of the home many people tend to choose blinds as their preferred window
treatment due to their slimline profile and the lack of visual weight they have within a space.
Yet you may be surprised to discover that hanging curtains in smaller spaces can make your room look and feel significantly larger.
Choosing extra long curtains and hanging them high above your window will give the illusion of more height and therefore more space within a small room.
Choosing to mount curtain rods or tracks closer to the ceiling instead of a few inches above the window itself is a
trick many interior designers and decorators have been using for years to make rooms and windows seem larger than they actually are.
Luxurious floor to ceiling curtains demand attention and will draw your eye up towards the ceiling.
Your chosen curtain doesn’t need to be a bold or striking colour or pattern for this tip to work.
Even long, neutral coloured curtains will have the same effect whilst complementing the rooms existing colour scheme.
Choose Vertical Prints and Textures
Prints and patterns that contain vertical elements such as stripes
can also be used to draw your attention up towards the ceiling and make a room look bigger.
Again the pattern doesn’t have to be majorly bold or eye-catching,
even a subtle texture running up through the curtains can often be all it takes to make your eye wander up to the top of the room.
Try to steer clear of bold horizontal prints as this could have the opposite effect and make your room feel smaller and overcrowded.
You should also avoid adding bold coloured curtains if your room has more of a muted colour palette and
opt for beautiful sheer curtains or a fabric that is just one or two shades darker than your walls instead.
This will stop your curtains from being the most dominant feature inside the space and instead blur the lines
between the end of your wall and the curtains begin which will, in turn, make the room feel more open and spacious.
Another optical illusion that you can create using your curtains, or in fact the curtain rod, is to install a rod that is wider than the window you’re covering.
Having a rod that’s wider than your window will allow you to pull your curtains back further to show more of the window.
Being able to see all of the windows will allow more light into the room, which instantly makes the space feel more open and airy.
Not having as much of the window being blocked by your curtains will also make the windows, and room, look and feel larger.
This tip is a great choice if your windows lead to a picturesque back garden as seeing more of the view outside
will blur the connection between the outdoors and your room inside therefore creating a feeling of openness.
Using Window Treatments
Hopefully, the tips above have given you some inspiration ways in which you could hang your curtains to make a room appear larger.
Quickfit blinds & curtains stock a large range of curtain options that are perfect for creating the illusion of more space.
Creating the illusion of a bigger window using the curtains also helps to make a room look bigger.
13 Interior Designer Tricks to Make Your Windows Look Bigger
We bet you’ve never given your frame a second thought — until now.
If your home wasn’t blessed with big, welcoming windows, we feel your pain.
Sadly, we can’t help you fake sunlight, but we can help you trick your eyes into at least thinking
your view into the outside world is greater than it appears.
All it takes are a few genius design tricks.
1. Extend rods beyond the frame.
Strategically placed curtain rods can help you fudge the width of your window, according to designer Amy Berry.
“I like my rods to overhang 15 inches off the edge of the window where possible,” she says.
This tricks the mind into thinking part of your wall is really glass.
2.Layer curtains and shades.
The same way curtain rods can help you fudge on width, window shades can help exaggerate height.
“Hang those shades right under the rod for the appearance of taller windows,” says Berry. Plus, this treatment has a very high-end look to it.
3. Use sturdy fabric.
“Nothing is worse than skimpy curtains,” says Berry.
Not only does a thick material make this design accessory appear more expensive,
but it also does a better job of concealing windows and light when you use tricks like extending curtain rods beyond the frame.
4 . Cover walls with curtains.
“Extending your draperies from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall surrounding your window makes them
appear bigger,” explains Francesco Bilotto. The reason? This makes it unclear when windows stop and walls start.
5. Paint a border around your window.
Or opt for a window frame that’s larger than standard dimensions.
By adding thickness around your average-sized windows, your windows will make a bigger impact in the room and appear larger, says Bilotto.
6. Hang your rod higher.
If you want your window to appear taller and wider, try this trick from designer Don Stewart:
“Install an extra long curtain rod at, or near, the ceiling for floor-length drapes to create this illusion.
” This basically combines two window tricks into one — genius.
7 . Avoid white walls.
This is especially important if your window frames are white, too.
“Paint the walls surrounding your window a darker cool colour and the walls will recede and the window will pop,” says Stewart.
8 . Or give the trim some colour.
Not everyone can paint their walls, or wants to repaint them white after they decide to move (we know, renter problems are tough).
But that’s okay. “Paint your trim a shade darker, like a putty, to achieve a similar effect,” says Stewart.
Since this is a smaller surface, it won’t take as long to repaint later.
9 . Invest in low furniture.
Even what you use to furnish your room can make a difference in how your windows appear to the eye.
“Place smaller or low-profile furniture pieces near or under the window so the eye is tricked by scale,” says Bilotto.
10 . Use fabric with patterns.
“Fabrics with vertical patterns will add height to your windows and draw your eye upward,” says Stewart.
“Horizontally-oriented patterns will create the illusion of width.” The most common vertical pattern striping, naturally.
11. Get creative with texture.