#1 Hanging curtains the wrong way

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A beautiful room with poorly hung curtains is like a handsome elegant man wearing way-too-small trousers. It makes everything else cheap, stands out awkwardly, and everyone around feel uncomfortable. Curtains complete a room. they help control the light, lend privacy and warmth, and add texture and color. Maximize their benefits with these simple rules and make your window treatments the most they can be. 

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We all done it at some point in our lives... Hanging the curtains just above the window frame. The higher the rod, the taller the window and the room will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window. The rule of thumb is that they should sit 15-20cm above the window frame. 

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The most common mistake is also the most painful to look at... The "too-short curtain". This does exactly what pants that are too short do... It cuts off your room (leg) in a really jarring way, making it look stubby and awkward. A little puddling can be nice if you want a romantic feel but if you don't want to worry about them dragging and getting dirty, then stop the fabric just before they hit the floor - a little under 2cm is good.

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Another common mistake is not having the rod wide enough, on both sides of the window, so that your curtains are forced to be hanging partially in your window, blocking light and making the window look smaller (thus making your room feel smaller. Extend the rod at least 20/30cm on either side of the window frame so that when the curtains are pushed open you can see almost all of the window.

If you have a big window make sure to have double wide panels on both sides of the frame. Let's say your window is 2.50m wide and your curtain panels are 1.50m wide (standard), surely will technically block the light when they are closed, but they won't have any softness in them. Additionally when the curtains are open they will look dinky and disproportionate to your big window. You may have to buy four panels (2 on each side) and have your tailor sew them together or just hang them as-is and often you can't see the break because they will be so full and billowy.

You may have to invest in longer curtains or even more panels if you have a larger window, but otherwise hanging a curtain the right way actually costs the same as the wrong way. So please, follow this guide and save yourself (and all your friends) the discomfort of the "too short", "too low", "too thin" and "too narrow" curtain.