Home DecorNew Living Room Curtains July 14, 2016Y’all know this issue has sparked major debate in this house: to hang or not to hang living room curtains. I love curtains. To me, few rooms are complete without some lovely, flowing curtains. They soften a room and add texture. They’re the finishing touch that makes it feel complete and put together. Doing curtains in the living room sparked some debate for a couple of reasons. First of all, my husband did some beautiful craftsman trim in this house. Second of all, Chris was concerned that curtains would compromise some of the light in here. We debated and compromised on not using curtains in other spots, but this living room just didn’t feel right without curtains. To me, that final layer makes a room feel extra homey and cozy…my exact goal for the living room. Chris agreed and I got busy searching. I knew I wanted white. Even though the walls are white, there’s a lot of color in this room. I knew hanging colored (even if they were neutral) curtains around the room would draw your eye and really compete with other elements. This view of the fireplace wall is what really sold me on doing white on white. I wanted the fireplace to still stand out as the major focal point with that chandelier and anything other than white on the curtains would’ve distracted from that. As soon as the first panel was hung, I knew we’d made the right choice. They provide the perfect amount of softness and complete this space to me. While I love the big vault in here, it did present some design challenges. One of the main issues was that the back main wall just felt so undefined. It was huge and white and the living room sort of felt like it was just floating here. Adding in the curtains really grounded this space to me and makes it feel more defined. You can see a little glimpse of the kitchen cabinets above. These two rooms along this back vaulted wall was a struggle for me, but the curtains have helped to define this room as a separate space. For the curtains themselves, I went with my favorite tried and true white curtain: the IKEA Ritva. I’ve used these curtains in all three of our houses and I still love them. You can’t beat the price for the quality. I love that they have a bit of a texture to them, so when light shines through, they have a linen look. That really elevates their appearance to me. Plus, I love that these curtains come in three different lengths. I debated what kind of curtain rod to use and I decided to go with the same Wayfair white ones from our playroom. I really wanted them to just disappear. When you use colored curtain rods, they can really steal some of the focus and in this case, I wanted it to just be a lovely white backdrop. My curtain rule is always to hang the curtains at ceiling height, but sadly that wasn’t possible in here. As you can see below, this one corner messed us up. With the beam and window placement, it limited how high we could hang the curtains. We hung that panel first (as high as we could) and then hung all of the others at the same height. We also made sure to hang them as wide as we could so that the curtain panels could hang beside the windows and not block any of the light. While I love a plain white curtain, I wanted to add a little something extra to these. I initially pictured some white fringe trim down the inseam, but fringe trim is expensive and I needed 24 yards to do what I was picturing. I ended up finding some white trim with tiny tassels on it at the same discount fabric warehouse sale I mentioned in our screened porch reveal post. It was $50 for 24 yards of this stuff and the cheapest price I’d found on any kind of tassel or fringe trim before that was about $250 total. I love the subtle texture it adds. And I’m loving the backdrop these provide for this room. Even though it’s white on white, they really added so much. I love seeing the sun shine through them. This room is finally feeling more finished to me. Seeing the impact these curtains made has really given me a boost to finish up the rest of the details. Some of the items you see above will change some in the coming weeks and some things will be added, so stay tuned for updates!