Hanging draperies to separate a larger space into several small spaces is a well-known tactic for creating individualized areas for work or socializing. When it comes to opening up a smaller space to appear larger than it really is, though, drapes can also be the answer. Here are some ideas, courtesy of SFGate.com, for making smaller spaces look stylish and spacious:
Mounting Curtain Hardware closer to the ceiling than to the window frame will give the appearance of a taller space—particularly when paired with floor-length drapes such as Solid Faux Silk Curtains. As a general rule, hang curtains roughly 4 inches above a window frame in spaces with ceiling moldings and as many as 6 inches above the frame in rooms without moldings.
Accentuate vertical lines by using lightweight curtains with vertical stripes. This will give the appearance of adding height in an otherwise small space – which would not benefit from the addition of curtains with horizontal line patterns or even substantial flowery prints. These designs can overwhelm a room, which conveys a sense of less space than actually exists. Also, select drapes that are the same color or slightly lighter in tone than the colors of the walls. Heavy dark drapes almost always make a room look smaller.
Another curtain rod trick: Long solid rods, as well as those that are adjustable, help to give the illusion of spaciousness. Opening a decorative adjustable rod to its maximum width and mounting it nearer to the ceiling allows for drawing your curtains as completely as possible. Any furniture that has been placed in front of the window curtain combination is set off nicely by this effect, but it also frames the window space. This, in turn, helps to make the window look bigger while also permitting more light to enter the living space.