Is there a "right" length for curtains? Asking for help at the shop isn't always helpful. The long and short of it is, it's up to you. In this edition of Decor Disputes, we take look at curtains, tall and small. What side are you on?
So let's start with what's probably the most common length: to the floor. The yellow and white chevron curtains above (from Lonny ), along with these stenciled canvas drop cloth curtains are both modern and classic. The floor-to-ceiling length makes the ceilings seem taller and the room seem very polished, maybe even a bit formal.
Cons? They may make your room look too formal for your liking. Dust will inevitably collect around the bottoms. Also, children may be more likely to grab them and use them as a climbing rope.
Then there's the opposite: short curtains. Of course, café curtains are fairly common where there's a window sill, for example over a sink in a kitchen. Or, in their namesake cafés, where you wouldn't want curtains dragging the floor of such a busy, public place.
But what about at home? It seems like many parents choose shorter curtains for kids' rooms, probably to avoid the whole Tarzan situation, or just to avoid sticky fingers from touching them. On the downside, the shorter curtain length can seem kind of dated. Also, it can cut the visual height of your room in half.
The flamestitch curtains from the beginning of the post are by Natty by Design and definitely feel up-to-date in that lovely, white room. These nursery curtains are several inches off the floor, landing at the top of a thick baseboard.
These breezy, billowy white café curtains are perfect in this Tybee Island, Georgia cottage. The casual vibe fits the beach lifestyle perfectly.
Then there's the most extreme curtain length: puddled. This is a typical French look, and is most successful with high ceilings and, usually, expensive fabric. Typically silks are going to billow the best, being both lightweight and a natural fiber.
I was lucky enough to stay in this rental apartment in Paris and I LOVED the drapes and the soaring ceilings.
Obviously, this look adds a lot of glam to even the simplest decor. But, I believe you HAVE to have the right architecture to pull it off.
So, what say you? Are you a Shortie? A Puddler? Somewhere in between? I have to say, I'm on Team Puddle in my heart of hearts, but my 50s ranch has reigned me back to a Floor-length state of mind.