Ever since we got our new Klaussner Audrina sofa a little over a month ago, I’ve been itching to make some other changes to our living room…like finally hanging some curtains, getting a more appropriately sized coffee table, and replacing our worn out desk (behind the couch).
I felt a little stuck before with our bright red couch, but now that it’s gone, I can finally start adding in some other colors! I haven’t really decided on a strict color palette, but grey and navy are my jumping-off point. Curtains are so hard, though, because it seems like any cute ones are outrageously expensive! But as if by some miracle, I just happened to find these Marmorblad curtains on Ikea’s website!
And I loved them instantly! What’s not to love about navy and stripes? Plus, it’s awesome that they’re not a solid color, but they’re not really patterned, either, so they don’t compete with our geometric rug or patterned pillows.
They were only $14.99 for a set of two 96″ long panels, which is an awesome price, but I don’t live anywhere near an Ikea. Boo! Shipping was a crazy $15, but I decided to bite the bullet and have them shipped anyway. $30 for 2 96″ curtain panels is still a pretty great price considering most 96″ panels start at $40 or more per panel!
I also had quite the inner debate about what to do for a curtain rod. There was a curtain rod here when we moved in, but I’ve never really loved it. (And don’t even get me started on the hideous curtains that came with it!)
I briefly considered reusing the rod until I could bring myself to spend the money on a new one, until Andrew pointed out that we go out to eat and spend $40 (though not very often, mind you! We’re cheap!), so why can’t I spend that on something we’ll have for years to come? Seemed like a fair point. And then I found this one from Target for $31.99!
I love a dark curtain rod (as some say, it’s like eyeliner for your window), but we already have quite a few dark tones in the room, and I wanted something that would complement the light and flowy feel of the curtains. Plus, I adore mercury glass!
After washing and drying the curtains (and realizing they weren’t going to shrink at all!), we went ahead and hung the rod where we wanted it and planned to hem the curtains accordingly. Obviously, they were much too long!
My amazing mother helped me hem them this past weekend. We decided not to press or sew along the bottom since I wanted them to pool a little bit. A harsh seam makes it harder to achieve a billowy and casual look.
I definitely try to abide by the rule of hanging curtains high and wide whenever possible. It makes the window look so much bigger! Unfortunately, though, I couldn’t hang them quite as wide as I was hoping with our radio cabinet in the way, but they’re still hung about 6 inches from the outside edge of the window.
I also prefer to hang my curtain rod more in the middle of the space above the window, versus as close to the ceiling as possible. If you have 8′ ceilings, nothing you do will truly trick someone into thinking they’re taller. And personally, I think the ceiling looks higher if you’re able to hang your curtains higher than the windows but still have some space above the rod, too. Just my personal preference.
Before we hemmed them, I also had to decide how we wanted to hang them. They come with back tabs attached, so we hung them using those at first. I didn’t take a picture before and was too lazy to take off all the clips, hang them from the backtabs, and then undo it all again just for a picture. Sorry.
After looking at them for a day or two, though, I couldn’t help but wonder if they’d look better on curtain clips. Once I got them up with curtains clips, it was a no brainer. They’re fairly thin and flowy, and I think the back tabs look better with a more structured, formal fabric. I also preferred being able to see the line of the curtain rod all the way across.
I’m loving the warmth and coziness these curtains add to the room! They make the room seem taller and so much more homey! And I’m not the only one who’s loving the new addition. Winston has found himself a new hiding spot from his fluffy nemesis!
I feel like these curtains have made such a big difference in this room! Before, the walls before looked bare and unfinished (maybe cause we have almost nothing hanging on the walls, but that’s an issue for another day.) I really can’t believe I waited so long to get curtains for the room we spend the MOST time in. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson.
Next up: replacing that awful desk!
We’ve already purchased a new desk, and we got it earlier this week. I love the look of it…but I’m still trying to make up my mind. And we also need to find a spot for all the displaced junk that was in those desk drawers (the new desk only has one skinny drawer!). But it’s Friday…and I don’t feel like doing that, so instead I’m going to sit on my new couch and admire my new curtains!
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