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Nov 23, 2010 10:15 am
We are currently decorating a 1934 weatherboard cottage in Tassie.
We just finished painting the bedrooms and we’re up to buying curtains.
We have quite high ceilings (about 2.7m high).
I would like to make the rooms look really elegant and really show off the high ceilings by hanging the curtains from the start of the wall - right at the top of the wall – and running the curtains the full length of the wall down to the floor.
But a thought has crossed my mind: would it look out of place hanging the curtains that high - because the picture rails would be covered by the curtains?
Below the picture rail or above it?
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w2
Nov 25, 2010 5:48 pm
the height of the curtains depends on a couple of things.
Firstly - the look you're after
Second - the material you're using.
If you are after a grand look (sounds like you are!!) then I'd place them high. See the attached pic for an idea of how this looks. It is very dramatic and elegant and if that's the type of impact you want then go for it!!
http://www.gcfaulkner.ie/curtains/1930- ... -home.html
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w3
Nov 25, 2010 8:23 pm
Picture rails will encourage your eye to focus there, it may seem a little odd in your mind if your drawn to focus into both areas. Aesthetics is a psychology, have you heard of the 'Golden Ratio'? There's heaps of info about it on the net, even a few YouTubes. I suggest you get someone to hold a curtain at the height of the window and at the ceiling ...take a few steps back, then make your decision.
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w4
Nov 25, 2010 9:29 pm
There's a few factors to take into consideration... but at the end of the day it comes down to what YOU like best.
But if it were me, I would look at hanging the curtains like this:
The height of the bottom edge of the pelmet is fixed to line up (or be near enough) with the bottom edge of the architrave - by using a larger pelmet you can give the impression that the window is much taller than it really is, and by leaving part of the wall exposed above the pelmet you can actually create a greater sense of space and height - by having the curtains go right the way up, you may in fact close the space in as the eye will be drawn to one unbroken line from floor to ceiling.
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w5
Nov 25, 2010 9:58 pm
Assuming sarahlou2's picture rail is like you have demonstrated... that'll look great Ikon (calculate distances between ceiling, pelmet and picture rail) ...Golden Ratio.
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w6
Dec 09, 2010 8:24 am
Well, thanks for all the replies\ I had no idea that anyone had replied *must check the box that says 'notify me of replies'*
Ikon, thanks for the great diagrams there.
Unfortunately my picture rail goes around the room, unbroken, about 10cm above the window. Hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty of canibilising your diagram ...
So now you can see my dilemma about where exactly to position the curtains.
On the one hand, it would be so lovely to take advantage of our 3m high ceilings by having floor to ceiling curtains [and have the picture rail poking out from underneath the curtains], but on the other hand it may be less weird to simply position the curtains just underneath the picture rail and above the window so that the picture rail remains unbroken. But then again, it might be nice to have that harsh line of picture rail broken up a tad. And then again, like theOK says, is the eye going to be drawn to that section of picture rail in the centre of the curtains - aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!
One thing I know for sure is that I'm going to make my own thermal lined eyelet curtains.
Re: Curtains mixed with high ceilings and picture rails - w8
Dec 21, 2010 5:03 pm
Hi Ikon, I had originally written off the idea of having a pelmet but it does make perfect sense in my scenario to have a pelmet. Thanks so much for your suggestions - and to everyone else too!
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