First, please look past any clutter you see on our room divider, and keep your eyes up. Um, yeah. See how that curtain rod is all crooked there? It’s because we didn’t anchor it properly (thought we had a stud), and now it’s coming out of the wall. Sigh. So of course I’ve been thinking about curtains and curtain rods a lot lately. Our living room is one big room that used to be two (as you can see by the ceiling). Now it’s the entire front half of our house, most of it comprised of windows : one huge picture window, a smaller window, and then a clerestory window on the side. As you can see, we
have had the curtains all hung at the same level, and even though the windows are all different heights, we also have the curtains at the same length (right now it’s “puddling on the ground”).
Instead of just hemming the drapes and fixing the rod, I’m thinking of changing things up completely. Since we were lucky enough to get a house with fairly high ceilings, I’m thinking we take the rods to right below the crown molding and really accentuate our ceiling height. And even though I love our patterned sheer/curtain combo from IKEA, this post at Retro Renovation has me thinking a more traditional pinch pleat curtain is the way to go for our 1961 rambler. And better still, I’d like to cover those pinch pleats with a groovy cornice box running along the entire front wall, like this one in the poorly scanned photo above from the Winter 2010 issue of Atomic Ranch magazine. I can even see that cornice box working with our current textile situation nicely.
Or I could go modern-industrial, as it’s nice to mix it up a bit, and Mary’s conduit curtain rod suspended from the ceiling would be a fantastic option. And since I was fortunate enough to be in the room for it’s installation, I have a pretty good grasp on how to do it myself (though I bet I could ask the expert for a hand). I’m even thinking that a copper plumbing pipe DIY might be a nice look… Thoughts? ‘Cause it’s obvious I need some help! — Megan B.
Center image by Nancy Nolan for Atomic Ranch.