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Feel like you’ve come across every little room decor trick in the books? I bet there’s one you probably haven’t tried yet: curtains. Of course, you probably have curtains in at least one room in your home. However, if you only use them as window coverings, you’re missing out on a handful of smart decorating options.
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From hiding ugly walls to defining open spaces, curtains are so much more than light blockers. They are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve any small space in your home. Plus, they can sometimes be hung without drilling (hello, tension rods!), which also makes them tenant-friendly. These five uses for curtains will inspire you to perhaps take those curtains off the windows (or just add more to your rooms).
Hide ugly walls or interior features
Tired of staring at your imperfect walls? Curtains are a great way to cover them up. Choose a patterned curtain to breathe new life into a room, or go with something bold, as seen above, which the tenant here used to hide a set of misplaced cabinet doors on a half wall. If neutrals are your thing, a simple white linen curtain can work just as well. For a sumptuous look, try velvet curtains. Whichever you choose, you’ll not only cover up an eyesore, but you’ll also effortlessly add extra texture that makes your room feel so nice
Close the cabinet doors
Speaking of closet doors, I dream of a bedroom without closets (walk-in-closet room, anyone?). Most doors take up so much space and are usually not the most attractive. Curtains to the rescue! Drop your doors and hang curtains for a softer, lighter look. With curtains, you can also turn any wasted corner into a closet space. If you happen to have a window nearby, continue with the curtains over the windows for a particularly luxurious look at a budget price.
Unless you’re Marie Kondo, I’m guessing you have some less-than-tidy open storage solutions. No judgment – I’m guilty too! Curtains are your best friend here. In less than an afternoon, you can hide the mess and forget it’s there. You can even use roller blinds if you don’t want to use more sophisticated draperies.
Who said doorways always need doors? Curtains are a smart way to make one room flow into another while still letting light through. Even in small homes, you often end up with doors that hit something every time they are opened. Curtains will instantly solve this problem.
Dear little home dwellers, you know how hard each room has to work. A bedroom may need to function as a work area, a living room may be a kitchen, dining room and a living room. Curtains provide an easy way to create zones in a room; just look at what designer Megan Hopp did in her own home with mustard velvet IKEA panels separating a sitting area from her bedroom, which had no proper door. Close the curtains for privacy and open them for unity, flow and all the natural light you can.