When hanging curtains on your windows, install your rods at least 6″ higher than your window and extend your rod at least 5″ past the window opening on each side. This way you open up your windows to more sunlight. Your windows will appear larger, and your drapes will fall on the wall instead of over your window opening.
Bedspread, Drapes, Shams, Pillows
Bedspread, neck roll, Shams, Pillows, Drapes
Bedspread, Shams, Pillows, Drapes, Dust Ruffle
When hanging cornices or valances, try hanging them 10″ above the window opening to gain maximum sunlight and window opening. The valances below were hung at the ceiling and are barely covering the window opening, making the window appear larger and allowing the sun to shine in.
Sheldon Valance, hung at the ceiling
Swags and Jabots, Bedspread, shams, Pillows
Florence Cornice Box over Wood Blinds
Cornice Box over a roman shade, hung at the ceiling
When planning your colors in an open floor plan home, choose a color family such as the fall colors, rust, gold, brown, red, green, and yellow. Limit each room to three colors, but make the colors flow throughout the entire first floor so that you have a color theme.
Another theme could be the jewel tones: ruby, sapphire blue, royal purple, and emerald green.
The neutrals family would include, off-white, tan, beige, and taupe.
Blues, yellows and Greens go well together.
Aqua, brown, and tan make up a family.
For best results, find a print fabric that you love. Go to www.carolefabrics.com. Use the colors from it and paint your walls to match. Throw in accents to highlight other colors, such as pillows, flowers, pictures, etc. Most of all, have fun with color.