Curtains, where to start?

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Fabric and Colour?


Firstly, you need to consider the mood of the room.

For a formal space, there’s heavy silk or velvet which can also act as a great insulator. For a more practical option include silky rayon blends and cotton sateen.

To achieve a casual feel, there are billowy linens. Cotton and cotton blends work with any type of decor and bring a crisp, neat feel.


You’ll need to decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or to pop. For blending, pick curtains that are the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker, or choose a non-dominant subtle colour in the room (a soft shade from the rug, perhaps). A bold colour will punctuate the room and add some wow. Also keep in mind that in a space where the sun shines through unlined curtains, the colour will infuse the room. Blue can be eerie; pink cheery.

Curtains for bay windows can be selected from a huge range of colours that are available in both dark shades and light shades. The colour of the wall and the view outside will help you to choose some of the best shades in curtains. The designs and various patterns of curtains are wide and extensive and you can easily fix your budget that suit to your bay windows.

Jms home Staging Bay window example of longer curtain

Bay Window longer length curtain example

After making a selection of curtains, it is now time to make a selection of good curtain rods. Some of these are plain and simple while others are available in various colours and designs.

Jms Home Staging Bay window example of a shorter length curtain

Bay window shorter length curtain example

Curtain rods must be perfect in size that can conveniently fit in the space for your bay windows.

Full length drapes or curtains that hang in full giving more privacy are mostly selected because of the perfect environment and style that it brings to the bay window. Curtains can either be tied back or can be left as it is to allow the natural look to prevail around the bay window.

Prints and Patterns

If you have patterned furniture or bedding (or a very elaborate rug), stick with solid curtains. If you have solid-colour furniture or bedding, consider patterned curtains. For a subtle punch of style and energy, go for a small, neutral print, like dots or paisley, which reads like texture from far. A large, graphic print in a colour that relates to the existing decor is daring but can be spectacular.

Curtain Measurements


To achieve the correct width, the size of the track or pole is required. I recommend that any track/pole should be fitted 15cm – 30cm either side of the window recess to allow curtains when open to be pulled back away from the window.

Curtain Track – ensure you measure the width of curtain track and not the window.

Curtain Pole – ensure you measure the width of the pole, excluding the finials.Jms Home Staging curtain pole example


If choosing Eyelet Heading – the drop measurement should be taken from the top of the pole – please ensure you add 3cm to the drop for the fabric allowance visible above the pole Curtain length really is down to personal preference, however there are three basic lengths you may wish to choose from:

    • Sill length – The curtain should be approximately 1cm above the sill.
    • Below sill length – The curtain should be 15cm below the sill
    • Floor length – The curtain should hoover about 1cm above the floor.
    • Breaking the floor length – The curtain extends 5-9cm on the floor
    • Pooling length – The curtain pools 15-35cm on the floor. Just hitting the floor or sill.  This look is classic and tailored; it makes sense if you’ll be opening and closing the curtains a lot (they’ll easily fall back into place every time you move them). The fabric should just touch the floor or hover 1cm above. Short drapes work in kitchens and bathrooms, where long drapes aren’t practical.
    • I hope this information has been helpful and if you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to call me.
    • As a stager I tend to always recommend floor-length or 6cms approximately over. This look visually works, unless there’s a deep sill in the way. Ready-made panels are available in lengths from 160cm to 360cm. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod, then round up. You can always have them hemmed if needed. You’ll get the most current look if the fabric makes contact with the floor.
    • Panels that extend onto the floor by 5-9 cm are the most stylish right now, breaking the floor length. They’re more relaxed than those that graze the floor. In formal rooms, an exaggerated take 15-35cm of fabric pooling on the floor can look romantic but is also high maintenance; curtains need re fluffing every time you vacuum or the family pet lies on them.
    • Jms Home Staging breaks the floor curtain style example

      Breaking the floor length

      Jms Home Staging Floor Curtain length

      Floor length

      Jms Home Staging Pooling - Curtain length

      Pooling length