Happy new year! I know, I know, we owe you several posts about the holidays but right now I’m fixated on curtains.
Our naked doors
For about a year we’ve been meaning to get curtains for our bifold doors, for privacy, warmth, and to “soften” the space. I’ve also noticed that our 4-month-old couch has started to fade, which has us worried for the paintings and rugs. Who says there is no sun in England?
The first thing to figure out was color/ pattern. We have a gray couch and floor, so I thought some subtle color on the curtains would be good. Perhaps a shade of blue to go with the carpet? But the wrong blue would blend too much with the gray. Maybe a red? But that might be too much. And should the pattern be large since its a lot of wall to cover, or would that be overbearing?
I love the quatrefoil pattern on these curtains, but I’m not sure I’d love 10+ feet of it
Recognising that I was talking myself out of every idea, I decided to see what the members of Houzz.com thought. If you are ever looking for interior design ideas Houzz is a great place to go. They also have a Design Dilemmas section for people who are floundering like me.
I posted the top picture (above) of our living room and asked for advice on curtain colors and styles. Initially I got more advice on how mismatched our living room is and how we should remove everything but the couch, floor, and bifold doors. * sigh* But after I clarified which pieces of furniture are leaving (coffee table and end table), showed them the big picture view of the open plan, and explained that we are trying to blend our art/ Persian carpets/ antique furniture/ ethnic knickknacks/ modern furniture, I finally started getting helpful advice. There is nothing like wading through a bunch of advice that is wrong for you to help identify the advice that is right for you.
So what was the advice? That since we have a small space, plain curtains are best. But more
importantly, our art/rugs etc should be the focal point of each room. Who notices curtains when there are beautiful paintings and interesting artefacts scattered around? Plain curtains it is!
Nice plain curtains would blend in to the background while still adding privacy and “softness” to the space
I’ve always known that we have the makings of an awesomely decorated house, but I’ve let myself get sidetracked with making sure the colors relate to each other, and other rules of design, that I’ve forgotten the most important rules of design: your space should reflect your taste and personality, and the best way to see what works is to have fun trying out new combinations. So hello gallery wall over the sofa and around the tv. And I think it’s time to unpack that box of photos and knickknacks that has been languishing in the attic. Its definitely time for our house to start feeling like us.