If you worked your way through last week’s post about the design details of window treatments, and have decided on Curtain Panels for Window Treatments, the next step is choosing the right window hardware. If you haven’t looked in a design magazine lately, you will be surprised at all of the gorgeous new options out there. Consider Window Hardware the jewelry that complements the curtains. How do you decide which hardware works best? With tons of finishes to pick from, the sky is the limit. Whether you want the hardware to practically disappear for a clean minimalist look, or you want a little “bling” with some hot lucite finials and rods, here are a few tips on how to pick the best window hardware for your space.
1.Finish. Brushed Nickel, Black, Pewter, Gold, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, even clear Lucite (acrylic) are a few of the many options. If you want a timeless look, black almost always does the trick. Imagine if the window were an eye about to made up, the the panels would be the shadow and black hardware the mascara. I do not leave the house without mascara. Dark hardware makes your windows really stand out.
The combination of brushed gold with lucite is an elegant way to top your curtains. Whether your style is traditional, eclectic or modern, the rich look of lucite and gold makes even pre-maid retail curtains look expensive. You don’t have to have all the metals in your space to match; have a little fun with your window hardware to add a pop of fun or glamour.
2. Finials. What is the function of a finial? Simply put, to provide a finished look to the end of the rod. Here’s where you can have the most fun. Shape, material, size, and color are all different options when choosing finials. We love the crystal ball look in our featured image of this blog segment. It is simply elegant like a flawless diamond in a tiffany setting. It really is “window bling” without being gaudy. Too much? Any shape in the finish of your rod will add emphasis to your windows. For a Mid-Century Modern look, mix a wooden finial with a metal rod- truly gorgeous!
3. Sets. What to buy, what to buy…. Now that you have an idea of what you want, how do you buy curtain hardware? Speaking from personal and professional experience, expanding rods are not the best idea, unless your want the bent curtain rod look. A rod that runs from 88″-120″ is at its weakest strength when completely extended- even with a center bracket. It’s better to buy two 60″ rods and use a connector and a center bracket in addition to the end brackets. This will keep the curtain rod totally straight. Bowing is what you do when you meet Royalty, bowing is not something you want your window hardware to do. It is best to use a center bracket when the window is more than 6 feet wide.
4. Installation. How high should we hang the rods? It all depends on the panels and how you want them to settle near the floor. Just skimming? Or do you like the puddled fabric look? We love curtains rods mounted right at the base of crown molding. It creates the illusion of extended height in the space. The key is to be consistent. Keep all hardware in the space and adjoining areas at the same level. It creates a more cohesive look to the home. We prefer to leave installation up to the professionals. However, we have hung them ourselves on countless occasions. It’s pretty easy- but just like anything else you hang on the wall, measure at least twice, drill the holes once.
Choosing the right window hardware can elevate the look of the simplest of curtain panels. The right hardware can change the feel of an entire room, whether you want formal and glamorous look with a little touch or bling, or the sleek, clean lines of modern finials and panels. Remember, the hardware should compliment the style of the home and the fabrics selected for the panels. You wouldn’t want a shiny chrome set with a natural embroidery fabric – it would just “feel off” even if you couldn’t put your finger on WHY. Take these items into consideration when choosing window hardware. Still stumped? Does it feel too “DIY”? Give us a call, we love dressing windows!