I am designing a window treatment for a bay window in a bedroom and the couple involved have differing opinions as to whether the curtains should be floor-length or reach just to the sill. Both agree that they want curtains rather than Roman blinds, as they think these would block too much light. The husband wants the curtains to be short as the biggest radiator in the room is just below the main bay and he thinks that long curtains will prevent the warmth circulating around the room. Also, the bottoms of the curtains will be partially covered as there is a chair in front of one side of the bay and a small chest in front of the other side. So, on a purely practical level, I agree with him that it would be more sensible to have the curtains finish at the sill. However, his wife maintains that long curtains look more elegant and luxurious and I generally prefer long curtains myself. So there we have the dilemma!
I looked through books and magazines to find inspiration for short curtains but could only find a handful of examples that weren’t specifically designed for kitchens, bathrooms or cottages, and most designers seem to be of the opinion that long is the only way to go. However, I did find a few pictures on-line of short curtains which I really liked and here they are!
In conclusion, I think you really need to consider the practicalities of the situation when choosing curtains and perhaps the shorter curtains will work better for my clients. But I am finding it difficult to wean myself off full-length! Which length do you prefer?
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