It’s SO easy to hang your curtains wrong. In my first home, I remember I felt like I was spending a fortune on curtains (it ads up FAST). I bought curtains the size of my windows and they looked … horrible. But by the time I realized my mistake, it was too late. It felt too expensive and like a waste to try and fix my too-small curtains. So I lived with them until the day I moved out. Don’t let this happen to you!

In this post, I’ll teach you how to make your windows look bigger and get the nice looking curtains for affordable prices. There are so many little tricks you can use and at the end of this post you’ll earn your curtain expert merit badge. OK, but really, you can easily save hundreds of dollars!

How to figure out what size curtains you need: 
As a rule of thumb, you want to hang your curtains wide and high. The best place to hang your rod is on the wall between your window’s moulding and the ceiling trim. Here’s a sketch to illustrate the difference hanging curtains wider (and higher) can make to the overall look and feel of the room. It can make your windows appear much larger.

Where I shop for curtains: 
I understand it’s tempting to run to Target, but the curtains they sell are often too short for most rooms and will make your windows appear smaller. It’s actually really difficult to run to the store and find curtains and all the hardware needed to fit a lot of windows. Even at a place like Target, you can find more size options online. For this reason, I usually buy my curtains online. For a splurge, my favorite places to buy curtains are West Elm and Anthropologie and to save, I tend to choose options from Amazon and IKEA.

My personal favorites:

Here’s a list of all the curtains and hardware I use over and over again.

Linen Curtains / Gold Holdbacks / Rods / Rings (you will need seven rings per curtain panels)

Velvet Blackout Curtains (for bedrooms) 1, 2

-My favorite splurge: velvet curtains and pom pom curtains.

I hope this post is a helpful starting point for properly hanging curtains and making your windows look bigger. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. xx- Elsie

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photo edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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