In the midst of organizing our living room, I realized we had hit a speed bump.
It’s not so obvious in this photo, but the curtains are about two inches too short for these windows. Let’s just say that this is not the look I’m going for, especially since we have such wonderful natural wood trim around the windows. Sure, I could lower the curtain bar but I’m really not into putting more holes in the wood trim. Ultimately, these curtains have got to go – either to another room or a place where I convert them into pillows. Both are viable options.
Our windows came dressed with honeycomb shades (similar to these) so it hasn’t been a big deal to leave them bare as long as we have, but I’m really looking to add some curtains in here. It’s one of those details that can really finish a room and make it cozy and easy on the eyes.
I thought about DIYing some new curtains but when it comes down to it, I haven’t found a fabric that I like. For three windows, I’d need about 10 yards of fabric since I’d like the curtains to go down to the floor – so it could get expensive very quickly. I’ll be on the look out for some potential fabrics, but for now, I’m mostly considering purchasing curtains from the store.
Here are some potential options:
1) These Vivan Curtains from IKEA (in grey) are a great option. Two panels for $9.99 is sort of a steal and I think they could end up looking great in here. We’d have to actually get on painting the walls since the grey wouldn’t match the color on the walls but that’s not too bad.
2) I’m a big fan of the Threshold collection from Target, so it wasn’t a surprise that I was drawn to the Ombre Stripe Window Panels in tan. In all honesty, I’m actually leaning more towards getting these in grey for the bedroom but who knows – perhaps they’ll land in the living room instead.
3) I’m really into navy and green right now so Anthropologie’s Ink Garden Curtains in blue are adorable and pretty much perfect for what I’d like, except for their price tag. I would be looking into 96″ curtains and each panel would cost be $178.00 (!!). Unless I win the lottery next week, these are not happening.
4) Jonathan Adler has a line at JCP (called Happy Chic) and I am a fan. You can’t go wrong with bright colors – like these green Charlotte Canvas Curtain Panels. Each panel is $50, so this isn’t a financially responsible option either, but it’s totally worth stalking them online and hoping they go on sale.
5) I am a fan of buttons – case in point my button drawer in one of our card catalogs. When I spotted the Murano curtains in Sage from Linens and Things, I was immediately interested. Sage can be one of those tricky colors so I think this is something I’d need to see in person before making a commitment.
6) Another option from Target’s Threshold collection is the Jacquard Ikat Window Panels in tan. I love the pattern because it’s not so bold that it’s over powering but interesting enough to please the eye. Based on the online image, it looks like the tan could actually end up our brown couch so that would be a nice bonus. They’re under $30 but in my opinion, they look more expensive than that.
Do you have a go-to place to buy curtains? Is this an item you splurge on or tend to look for the best deal? Anyone prefer short curtains to long? Who thinks we should keep the windows bare for now?