I’ve alluded to my thoughts on curtains before–things haven’t changed in the last week, though I do wonder how it has been a whole week since I wrote about my JCP childhood–I just can’t figure them out in terms of my own interior design. But functionally speaking, I appreciate that there’s a definite place for them in our lives. Mostly, for making things dark. For making kids sleep in later than 6am. In my last house, I installed light blocking blinds on all of the windows and a giant roller blind over the sliding glass door. All of them were installed for the purpose of privacy, to prevent people from looking into the house when the house was close to the road on a street with moderate foot traffic. The roller blind over the door shielded the dining room table from neighbors behind us who could easily see inside, and doubled as insulation during the winter.
In the kids bedrooms, darkness is a necessity, but I didn’t know what to think of the cropped sliding curtains that came with the house, all lined and very heavy and yellowy beige or baby blue in color. Their length, while respectable for the decade-status of the house, actually just made me feel like I was wearing jeans that shrank in the dryer.
Back to how I don’t understand curtains for a minute, maybe, hopefully you can help me out with this… for windows of any kind that end 3-4 feet above the floor, are floor length curtains weird? They don’t look off-putting when most people install them, but generally think they’re a better fit when the windowsill is 1-2 feet from the ground. The proportion is better, or something. With that said, they might be a good fit for our dining room, where the window sill is 14″ off the floor, but the other rooms? I guess I just prefer to keep them naked until I figure things out.
Anyways, I removed the blinds in the nursery when we were painting, and in the master bedroom too, but we left the operational curtains in Julia’s room because we really needed that room to be dark in the early evening for bedtime, and stay as dark as possible until morning. Because I was eager to update the short curtains and had no reasonable alternative in mind, I picked up a whole bunch of Tupplur black-out roller blinds last time I was at IKEA, this was last October. Sometimes it makes me a long time to build or install the mass amount of merchandise that I buy during a single IKEA visit.
I’m slowly installing them – roller blind #2 of 6 went in on Monday. They make a big difference in the room, and I immediately wish I had gotten around to doing this sooner.
I still have another corner window to fit in Julia’s room, but the pause in my progress, and thanks to the iPhone, I can take a minute to show the dramatic contrast from one corner of the room to the other. Buh-bye, shorties. One corner, clean and modern, the other corner, looking like, uh, pee-colored daylight. Right?
The old curtains, when opened, still managed to cover almost 1/3 of the window on either side – they weren’t wide set. When the rollers are completely raised, the windows are fully exposed and let in a lot of light. I’m going to like this.
Actually, the only thing I can definitively say that I don’t like about the rollers is that they raise and lower without a chain. I miss the chain that was installed on the roller blind in the other house, in terms of cleanliness, accuracy, and intent. IKEA changed the product. And Julia can’t raise and lower them herself, like she was able to with the chain. I might try and retrofit them in eventually, I found an online curtain hardware supplier that may have what I need to make this happen.
The sight is a lot different from the hallway perspective too; the photo on the left was taken before we moved in last June.
How about you guys – can you share your thoughts on installing curtains on either side of a window like this? Always so curious about how people make decisions about window coverings.