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Size matters when selecting curtains

Lengthier silk drapes can add elegance to your home.

Lengthier silk drapes can add elegance to your home.

Choosing the right length curtains or drapes is equivalent to selecting the appropriate length dress or pant-suit. Tailoring both your clothes and window fashions is important for style and practicality. If you are having difficulties selecting the ideal length for your home, check out some helpful pointers below.

  • Breaking: "If your curtains are longer than needed, a bend above the hem, also known as a break, can be used to create consistency. This bend adds a stylish finish to the bottom of your curtains," reported Houzz.com. 
  • Floor-length: When hanging floor-length curtains, allow the fabric to brush the floor or hang it just a half inch above your carpet or hardwood. The great things about this length is that it is low-maintenance and appropriate in rooms where you open and close the door frequently.
  • Hovering: These curtains hang an inch of the way from the floor, making them ideal for a family room. If you don't want to clean your window décor often, this is the best option for you. This is also a great choice if you are a pet-owner. Longer curtains attract pet hair and debris, but hovering minimizes the collection of these allergens and dirt.
  • Puddling: This length is a bit more dramatic than classic breaking. Puddling makes use of excess fabric in a grand way and is often used for fancier settings such as in your dining room. If you want to create this fancy look, be sure to select the correct fabric, such as silk and velvet curtains and drapes, which exude elegance.