Happy Thursday, friends! Today I’m sharing something that’s been a long time coming, and that’s our bedroom curtains. I actually ordered these SO LONG ago. We waited a while for them to be delivered, and then, after they arrived I went on what felt like a never-ending search for curtain rods. I bought several, returned some, bought different, went to so many stores, and finally found these. And, even after I finally had the rods and the curtains, it took a while to find the time to actually install them.
I went with these curtains from West Elm, and got two panels for each window. I used the high and wide method, which if you’re not familiar, just means you hang the curtains at least a few inches above your window (and sometimes even to the ceiling), and six to twelve inches wider than your window. When you do this it makes your ceilings appear taller and your windows larger. Which is always a win, especially if you’re lacking in either area. Our windows are pretty small compared to the size of our room so I was really happy that with the curtains it give the illusion that our windows are bigger, nowtheir scale seems to match the rest of the room better. We have nice, high ceilings so we didn’t go all the way up, but if you’re someone who has lower ceilings (like 8’ or shorter) then definitely consider getting hanging your curtain pretty close to it.
The rods I ended up going with are from Target, but are very similar to this West Elm style. I started with the smaller rod because it needed to be about 62 inches wide and the smaller one spanned 66 inches. But, when I added the curtains to the rod it started to bowed pretty significantly in the middle. The larger version had a supporting rod inside, plus an extra bracket to go in the middle. So, I ended up returning the two smaller ones and going for the larger one. Lesson learned, when choosing curtain rods, if you’re close to the full size of your rod, just jump up to the next size because you don’t want it to look too small, to be bowing, or to look like it’s barely hanging on. Something more substantial almost always looks better.
Our ceilings upstairs are about 8.5’ and so the 96” curtains would have been perfect, but they didn’t have them when I ordered mine, so I got the 108 inchers instead and hemmed the bottom. You can go two ways with the bottom. Either leave a couple inches and let them gently “pool” on the floor. Or, you want them to just barely graze the floor. It just depends on the look you’re going for, but either is okay. You just don’t want the curtains to be an inch or two or more off the floor. It’s kind of like when you wear high waters. It just looks like something’s not quite right. We went with just grazing the floor and I really like it.
It was important to me that the curtains could keep out a lot of light because I like a really dark room when I sleep. These curtains do the job perfectly. The color darkens the room so well, and I love the navy velvet, it feels rich and luxurious. And the four panels add a lot of softness in the room, both as the layered component and for sound. Overall, I think the results are great!