Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ditch the Dumpy Drapes

Have you seen this photo tip?

If you've spent any time at all on Pinterest, you've seen it. It makes the rounds at least once a week.

I'm convinced that the reason why it is so popular is because it is so true. I am also certain that the people pinning it are not doing so for themselves. They already know that hanging curtains high above the window offers the illusion of height and space to a room. Those who know want you to know it too. They keep offering you a kindly hint, but some of you refuse take it.

When readying a home for the real estate market, this issue is huge. I cannot count the number of times I've had to beg homeowners to ditch their dark, heavy, low-hung drapes because they do absolutely nothing to help a home feel open and spacious. In fact, the wrong drapes can make a room seem sloppy and downright depressing.

Take a look at this client's bonus room.

Those dark, heavy drapes break up the view in a bad way. They close off the light from the window and they make the room look short and squatty.
After some pretty serious groveling to get the homeowner to trust us, we convinced her to replace the drapes with light, gauzy panels hung at least a foot above the window. We promised her that it would lighten the room, give a neat appearance, and offer the illusion of added space. I think we delivered on our promise, don't you?

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