Just when you thought you finally settled on the right pair of curtains for that special spot in your home, another thought immediately enters your mind: What kind of rod or hardware do I need for installation? Perhaps more importantly, which hardware selections will best bring out and complement the beauty and style of those newly selected curtains?
Try going with curtain colors that contrast with other elements in the room, such as rugs, lampshades or upholstery. Then, pick up on a tone in the curtains – such as an ivory or white portion of the panel, and choose a curtain rod and rings that match it as closely as possible.
Adding a flowery print border to a valance that’s the same fabric as that of the drapery panels can create a nice division of drapery space, visually speaking, and works great for a room with cornices. Then, choose a curtain rod that matches the cornice color. The effect will be to divide the height of the panels into thirds, while “hiding” the curtain rod to place the focus on where it belongs – your beautiful drapes!
The combination of Roman Shades and Sheer Curtains is a popular choice for many rooms in the house, due to its flexibility. By matching the color of the shade to that of the rod, you can achieve a balanced, harmonious look.
For striped window treatments, it’s best to again pick up on one stripe color so that the rod matches it closely. Or, depending on the busyness of the pattern, choose a neutral color to give the eye a place to take a break.
In the case of a room with an accent wall, the temptation might be to select a rod that blends with the wall color. On the other hand, choosing something as simple as a polished black rod makes an elegant statement all its own.