So much of design is in the details
A whole post about curtain rods… really? Yes. And here’s why. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned since buying our house and turning it into our dream home is to design with intention. Don’t just flounder around buying things to fill holes or to “get it done”. Each element effects the overall look and feel of a room, so I want to make it count.
I was so excited and anxious to get our house feeling like us that I wanted to get so much done at once. I was not listening to my own rules of taking your time! Our available funds were also quickly diminishing with all the costs that come along with closing on a house (and then giving it a total makeover in two weeks….) So, when it came to covering our living room windows, I went fast and cheap.
The curtains I picked up are still good in my book, and I plan to keep them! (Details on curtains later in this post.) Then came these antique bronze curtain rods with crystal finials–I liked that they brought an element of shine. But even months after installing them, I wasn’t really happy with them. They were pretty in the store, and I loved the low (HomeGoods) price. But in this case, I got what I paid for. They always sagged in the middle and just looked sorta cheap.
Almost a year later, I decided that I was feeling good about the direction our living room was taking, but for the life of me, I couldn’t stop staring at the sag in the middle of our curtain rods. It was time to replace them.
Hello, gorgeous and substantial hardware
They’re a very thick, solid wood rod. Second to that was the color and the detail. I think the fluted detail on the finials and rods themselves really elevate them. It’s a nice detail to add a little elegance. I bought the clips in the same wood tone.
Each piece is sold separately and come in many finishes, so you can create a completely custom look. We chose the ‘dark brown’ stain for all four pieces. Link to purchase.
The rings look and feel substantial and they add a little length to the curtains. Total bonus, since I hung the rods so high!
The curtains fall only a couple inches short of floor, perfect.
Our existing curtains have never looked better
Hanging our inexpensive, simple curtains on a higher-quality rod immediately elevated the way that they, themselves, looked! Instead of them being shoved onto the tiny metal rod and always getting caught when we opened and closed them, they now hang better and look more expensive. And, thanks to the rings, they glide open and closed with ease.
For reference, here’s how the old rods compare to the new:
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As you can see, this wall has two smaller windows. Here’s how they looked as the previous owners had dressed them as individuals—
I wanted to create an illusion of more space on this wall so we hung one rod all the way across both windows. Because of this, we decided to line our curtain rod brackets up with the outer edges of the windows, instead of installing them outside the frame. That’s because this wall was already going to have such an expansive reach with the single rod.
It almost appears as if the whole wall is windows, especially at night when there’s no light coming through them. I think it makes the room feel much larger.
If I were going to dress these two windows as individuals, I probably would have put the brackets slightly outside the edge of the window instead. Which, is what we did on the larger, single window on this wall:
[Very similar floor lamp available here!]
We live in an old house… as many of you can probably relate, nothing is quite level or square. We learned from the first time we hung rods in here, that the window trim and ceiling do not run perfectly parallel to each other. So, instead of actually measuring up from the trim, or down from the ceiling… we hung these by eye. Once we chose the height we wanted and hung on bracket, we held the middle bracket up to the wall and balanced the rod across it to ‘eyeball’ if it was straight or sloping. Are my Type-A readers’ hearts palpitating? It’s okay, I promise the end effect is the same!
I’ve created a printable window treatment guide for you
When you’re ready to tackle this project in your own home, use this guide to decide exactly how long your curtains should be and where to hang your rods! Click the graphic to see it larger and to save it.
Our curtains are from Target, they’re minimal and neutral so they don’t draw a lot of attention to themselves but the tone is perfect for this room and the subtle woven texture is nice. (They come in many colors, including this pretty and crisp, white.)
[Similar Jute Rug available here!]
Do you think I’m still crazy for posting all about curtain rods? 😉 What do you think about our single rod over two windows—would you do it? Pin this for later when you’re feeling brave and want to try it out!
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