Simple Tip to Make Your Windows Appear Larger

Simple Tip to Make Your Windows Appear Larger

 
Living Room Decor

I wish I could show you the first house we ever lived in.

I didn’t write a blog back then so the only pictures I have of the house involve family.  I didn’t really take pictures of the decorating.

But suffice it to say it looked NOTHING like this.  I had a yellow couch with red roses and blue flowers and tomato red walls and a pink rug with an overall geometric design and blue and white plates on the wall.

It was such a tiny house and I didn’t really have a lot of money to decorate with so I shopped yard sales and painted everything in sight and became an expert at making things look like they were so much more than they ever intended to be.

Like my windows.

We had eight foot ceilings and tiny windows and I tried everything to make them look like pictures in all the decorating magazines I read and nothing really worked.

Until I discovered this tip.

dining room spring

It’s so simple really.

I’ve never really even talked about it here because I thought everyone hung their curtains like this until recently I was in the middle of a design consult and I suggested it and the client loved it and told me I was brilliant.

Which of course some days I am.

To make your windows appear larger, all you need to do is take advantage of the space over the window and hang them between six to eight inches above the space.

Smocked_Burlap_Curtains

Here’s a close-up.

I didn’t hang the rod directly over the molding.

I let it breathe.

And just be elevating those curtains a simple six or eight inches can make all the difference in the look of your windows.

It makes them look fancy and all about themselves and a little like they are ready for the Academy Awards.

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Here’s another angle.

Now what to do about the curtain rods?

The curtain rods can either be shortened like when you have a tricky situation like a bay window.

Here they just extend over the one window.

living room dining room

Or in this picture (and the first picture of the dining room) you can see I’ve added a long curtain rod across the top of the window.

I did this because the sun that comes in from the window can be a little overwhelming in the afternoon.

If you choose to hang a curtain rod like this, make sure you have a center bracket for support so your curtain rod doesn’t go all lame in the middle.

master bedroom makeover

In the bedroom I used the same tip to hang the curtains, but a used a shortened stationary rod instead.

Here’s my DIY tutorial on how I made the curtain rods.

Total disclaimer:  it says $5.00 curtain rods but that was several years ago, so I need to adjust the post to allow for a cost of living increase.

Living Room Decor

And I used the same curtain treatment in the living room, too.

See how hanging the curtains just a little bit higher makes such a difference.

It draws your eye upward and makes every window look just a little bit brighter.

The better to let all that sunshine in. 🙂

PS  You can see how I added the molding above the windows here.

TIP-TOWER

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And now for some fun tips from some of my friends!

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I’m so excited!!!!!!

You have to check out this ADORABLE no-sew table runner that my friend Yvonne made from my fabric line.

I love it and the fabric looks so pretty on her table.

And it’s no sew!

You can see the whole DIY here.

kitchen utensil storage

My friend Anita has some fun ideas on how to store utensils in your kitchen.

You can read all about it here.

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And my friend Ann has posted fun tips and ideas on how to add a little farmhouse to your life.

You can read all about it here.

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Comments

  1. Karianne, I would love to try this in my living room. We have very wide molding around our windows and I’ve never really been happy with the way the curtains are hung. Your home is so beautiful. I love the picture of your foyer. Also, I just read the other day that red lipstick is “in” for Spring. Just thought you’d like to know what a trend setter you are. Have a great day.

  2. I can’t believe this post is showing up in my inbox this morning! Long story made short…. We’ve lived with just blinds on the back of the house ( I like clean straight lines and love my view) for 15 years, but for some reason this year, my house seems to be colder than usual. I woke up this morning at 5 am (not usual at all) and knew that today was the day I would hatch my plan to add curtains to all those windows. Now I have a plan and I have you to thank ~ You’re an answer to my prayers! 🙂

  3. I think curtains are really like the pants in a great outfit. Low riding curtains drive me almost as crazy as boys who walk around in saggy pants. Hike ’em up! Next to that, curtains that are too short are just like wearing high waters. Let those curtains touch the floor.
    Now, let’s envision that for a minute…Josh Reynolds in saggin’ high water pants. Even HE couldn’t make that look good (okay, maybe HE could, but no one else). So let’s all make our curtains as dashing as Josh…m’kay?

    Nancy

  4. Is it even possible that your home becomes more and more amazing? 😉

  5. That is a great idea. I’m getting ready to hang curtains and this advice will come in handy!

  6. okay…. so ………………. Really???? You are featuring THE curtains??? lolololol…. toooooooo gorgeous!!!! Love the idea of going UP with the curtain rods… and getting creative with the rods!!! Now I am off to gather some more “Thistlewood” ideas !!! Have a great day !!!!!!

  7. Wow!! loved this post!

  8. Michelle Rudis :

    Oh my goodness! The most difficult thing about my life right now is getting these awesome design inspirations (like this!) in my inbox and having to postpone using them in lieu of an upcoming move across country. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest! And thanks for the awesome design ideas, Karianne!!

  9. What color is your ceiling and trim paint?

    • Are you ready for this one? Wal Mart makes the best flat white ceiling paint… ever! Hope this helps!

  10. I now live in a little house with 8-foot ceilings and I think this tip is genius, too…imma do it! I really do need to treat my windows to some decent window bling. 🙂

  11. I love the idea of making my windows appear bigger. Not so much for the downstairs, but for the upstairs. I’m going to try your trick of adding trim above my upstairs window. I love your home!!! xo

  12. Why do you continue to tease me with those burlap smocked curtains?????
    Is is wrong to covet window treatments?
    I hope not…

    Lisa <3

  13. 🙂 Luv this post. I ‘stumbled’ upon this trick a few years ago. Quite accidentally as the Mr. was helping me put rods up. Never looked back!
    Happy Friday Eve!
    Hugs, Gee

  14. Did you paint your coffee table again? Didn’t it have some kind of cute stencil? Well, no matter. Nothing wrong with trying stuff and changing stuff. I am considering buying an armoire I saw at Salvation Army yesterday and ditching the TV stand we have. It is super functional, bug the armoire would look cooler. I just don’t know if my 37 in TV will fit or not. And that’s a deal breaker with the Mr. Maybe I’ll just build one of those cool pipe and wood ones. Cuz I only have about 20 unfinished projects right now.
    Have a jolly day,
    The Other Marian

  15. Hint: Be sure to realize that if you mount the rods higher and you want them to reach the floor you need to allow for those extra inches. If you are making your own curtains you won’t have an issue but if you try it with ready made curtains you might have a problem.

  16. This is a bright idea!!! Wonderful!

  17. Hi Karianne! I used your $5 curtain rod tutorial for my dining room window and it came out great. No Lowe’s around here, so I bought the finials at Michael’s and the brackets and dowel rod at the Home Depot, where they cut the rod to length for me. The rod goes across the window so it was longer, but I think the whole project cost about $10. I painted them the same color as my window molding. I can’t tell you how long I looked at curtain rods in stores and always walked away empty-handed because they looked cheap and tacky, but were $100 each. Thank you!

  18. Hi KariAnne, you’re window treatments are just gorgeous. Great tip because it really does sort of trick the eye.

    Love your entry too. Beautiful and very inviting. Definitely says, “come on in”.

    Happy day!

  19. I love this trick!! And you are a genius for sharing because it’s something that is so simple, but you forget when you are actually hanging curtains! And the blue curtains are gorgeous!

  20. As someone living in a house with those 8 foot ceilings I can attest to the fact that this works!

  21. I love this tip. Right now I can’t decide what to do with curtains in my condo. I have small windows, but they all have gorgeous plantation shutters. For now I just have them on their own without curtains, but I think I need to find another way to add some texture and softness. And, okay fine, I kind of just love the process of looking at a million design blogs and figuring out what I want to do. 😉

  22. Pencils? Are you kidding me?
    You are a genius. No doubt.

    Now….fess up.

    Where did you get those smocked curtains????????????????

    🙂

  23. Karianne, I just don’t get it. Yes it looks lovely in you beautiful house but we are remodeling a modular home in Florida and I think (please don’t hate me) this would look stupid and not OMG look at those windows. I wish you were here to help me.

  24. You just keep getting better! I have a silly question…when yall eat dinner at the works of art dinner table, does all of the stuff on the table end up on the floor until dinner is done, like at my house? Just need reassurance that you are normal?!? :)….or is that we are normal????

  25. 8 foot ceilings…what length drapes do you use?
    And, have you ever thought to post before and after pictures of the rooms you have
    helped redecorate?

    • Cynthia,

      Depending on how high your windows are, you may be able to use 84″ drapes. If they are close to the ceiling, I would go with 96″. And I have posted a few pictures of before/after, but I can always add more. 🙂

      Happy day friend!
      karianne

  26. Your windows look beautiful! I will have to try this in my home!

  27. This is a great tip I will have to try. I love the four chairs in your living room. Thinking about doing this in my family room. It’s a small room and the overstuffed recliner sofa seems to take up all the space.
    Your home is beautiful!

  28. Curtains or no, hung high or low, I adore your house!!!

  29. Hi…love your blog…I’m a newbie here! Would you also maintain the same treatment set up if you had some sort of blind mounting in the window frame? I live in town and definitely need to close something for privacy…thank you!

  30. Hi KariAnne! Thank you so much for linking this beautiful post with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are thrilled to have your support.

    That picture looking from one room through the entry and into the other room is lovely. I don’t remember seeing that point of view before.

    Funny story for you…in our house we have high and wide curtains hanging on those shorty rods like your white ones. A friend of mine from high school came to our house for the first time (a man) and said, “What happened Stacey did you run out of money buying your curtain rods?” I just about died and informed him that he didn’t know what’s in style. 🙂

  31. Great tip, KariAnne! Your home is so beautiful and the textiles you chose for each room, from the curtains to the rugs compliment it even more. Thanks for sharing such a simple, but impactful tip with us on #SHINEbloghop. We’re so glad you were able to stop by again this week!

  32. So glad I came across this post. I have 9 foot ceilings and in my kitchen I have sliders that I would like to dress up with curtains. I have been having trouble finding good examples of curtains over doors. Even though our doors are sliders and yours are french doors, the photo of those gorgeous blue curtains is exactly what I needed to see! It totally makes sense to hang them like yours. Thanks for the tip!
    Shelley

  33. Hi!I just found your blog and i love it!What color is your living room please?