How does hanging curtains make a room look more polished? Let us count the ways. No matter your preferred design aesthetic, a good set of curtains can add a tremendous amount to your home. Even the sheerest pair of curtain panels can be the finishing touch needed to truly tie the room together.
“Curtains set the mood and attitude, and the right ones give a room a finished, tailored look,” says Julia Diamond of Julia Diamond Interiors in Los Angeles.
But beyond making the room look good, curtains can also change the feel of a room.
“Curtains can transform a room on many levels,” says Paula Grace of Paula Grace Design in Northern Virginia. “You can bathe yourself in soothing color, soften architectural elements, and muffle sound.”
In some instances, they can even affect the dimensions of the room and make it look bigger.
The following examples show how hanging curtains can be the best design decision you can make for your home.
1. Hanging curtains can make a room look taller
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Did you know that curtains can raise the roof of a room? Not literally, of course. But while most people tend to put them at eye level, high-hung drapes can actually bring the eye upward.
In bedrooms and common areas such as the living room and family room, go for floor-length drapes and hang them above the window frame.
“I hang my drapes right under the crown molding, to elongate the space,” Grace says.
Janice Simonsen, U.S. design spokeswoman for Ikea, advises mounting the drapery rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
2. They can make a room look spacious
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You might also be surprised that curtains could make your room seem wider. It’s as simple as extending the curtains past the window frame on the wall.
“If the windows have wall space flanking them, I’ll extend the drapes wall to wall, to give the illusion of large windows and thus a large room,” Grace says.
3. They can keep out the cold (or let in a breeze)
Thick drapes also do a good job of keeping hot sunlight out of a room. Conversely, light, gauzy drapes will allow in a warm summer breeze.
4. They can improve the sound in a room
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Sound bounces off drywall, brick, cement, and glass, and that can make a room feel cacophonous. But if you draw the drapes, you can reduce the echo. When you want your room to feel more intimate, or you want to better appreciate the pure, sweet music of your favorite recording artist, your curtains can help with the acoustics.
5. They can introduce color into the mix
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Curtains are an ideal way to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room. A subtle print can go a long way toward bringing interest to a monochromatic space. If you don’t want to commit to painting your neutral walls, hanging ready-made drapes may be just the ticket for adding warmth and interest.
The type of curtains you hang can affect the ambiance of a room and dictate how laid-back or formal a room is.
“Rich fabrics, swags, cascades, cornice boards, and tiebacks add a level of formality to a room,” says Simonsen. “Thin, neutral fabrics or curtains in bright graphic prints lend a much more casual look.”
Once you decide on the mood you want to set, you can pick your drapes or curtains accordingly.
7. They can be used outside
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There are times when you want to enjoy your backyard or front porch, but the idea of having your neighbors staring in at you is not very appealing. That’s when outdoor curtains come in handy. They can transform your outdoor space into the ultimate party space; just pull them closed when you’re hosting a party and entertaining al fresco.
TRUE STORY! Why a Professional & Experienced Realtor with a Plan can MAKE YOU MORE MONEY!
The market is heating up, I’ve been working with a number of buyers that are AMAZED when a house gets SOLD in a day and they haven’t been able to even get through it. The buyers are typically frustrated, and I shake my head. I see later on FB the agent ‘brag’ about being so good that they house in a day, and I shake my head. I see the seller (who I may also be friends with on FB) brag about the agent that sold their house in a day, and I shake my head again…strike three.
I heard from one of my buyers today…the house we missed out on yesterday was listed at 250. Had we gotten the chance to go through it, we may have been willing to pay 260 and this is a CASH BUYER!
No offense to anyone, but hear it comes…if you hire someone that thinks sold in a day is a good thing for you, YOU PROBABLY JUST COST YOURSELF at least TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS…probably more! I’m not going to fault you for using someone you know, someone that’s family, someone that goes to your church, but seriously if they don’t understand that MORE PEOPLE seeing your house and having the opportunity to make an offer is a good thing for you…perhaps you should reconsider. It is your decision and sure you can blame the agent if you choose to…BUT it is your decision and if you are good with that decision costing you TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, then you probably are much better off than most of us. I do understand that every situation is different, but in this specific case, that buyer probably lost out on $10,000 runs the risk of a failed inspection or a low appraisal and is back at square one after a month of frustration because the bank won’t lend enough money for the buyer to get it.
That ten grand is also a minimum because had this specific property been marketed up front with professional and aerial photos and video and a virtual tour, it probably would have generated even MORE interest, MORE showings and MORE MONEY! And had it been on the market longer than a few hours. TEN GRAND…still shaking my head.
If you or someone you know is planning on selling, PLEASE let me know. I’m happy to help and apparently have a more comprehensive marketing plan that will probably bring MORE MONEY to the table at the end of the day…ESPECIALLY IN THIS MARKET!
Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.
Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:
“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”
One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”
Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:
Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time
Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.
Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.
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