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Inspiration Post: White Curtains

Inspiration Post: White Curtains

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First: If you read our last post, our first "Work In Progress" post, thank you! It was sort of a test ... just to try the concept. We'll probably be doing more in the future.

Second: as this post goes up, we'll probably be on our way to the dump to get rid of construction waste and doing some work on our basement. Anyway, let's get to the post.

Our Current Curtain Situation

Right now, we have these gauzy curtains with bamboo shades on a black wrought-iron style curtain rod. They've been in the house for over a decade. Here's what they look like now ...

 These are the window treatments in our living room. I would apologize for the mess, but I'm not sorry about it because we were in the middle of cleaning the house.

These are the window treatments in our living room. I would apologize for the mess, but I'm not sorry about it because we were in the middle of cleaning the house.

There are a few issues with them:

  1. The shades have long strings, which is a safety concern now that we have curious kittens
  2. The sides of the bamboo shades are sharp and they scratch the paint on the window frames
  3. Even when the shades are down and the curtains are drawn, they don't offer much privacy from the street
  4. They don't look very sophisticated

So I'm on the lookout for new window treatments. In the search for better curtains, I considered SO many different options: Ikat? Shibori? Botanical? Geometric? But I didn't see anything I could commit to as a permanent staple in the living room.

Turning to Pinterest

Finally, I turned to my home inspiration Pinterest board. It's nice to have visual evidence of design elements you like. Pinterest makes it easy to see patterns in the decorating styles and features that stand out to you.

Most of the pins of rooms I've saved have one of the following: no window treatments (not an option if we want privacy), simple roman shades (I like Roman shades, but not for a living room), or white curtains.

White curtains.

Duh. It feels silly to say that I had to go through so much work to conclude that I want plain, white curtains, but that's what it took. Sometimes the creative thought process is annoying.

Design Decision Made: White Curtains It Is!

White curtains, in my opinion, are simple and add texture to the room, but they don't overwhelm the room or break up the light. And no, white curtains are not a very original idea. Other people have done it before and done it better. But I love it, and I'm hoping to achieve a similar look to my favorite inspiration photos.

I decided to go with the West Elm mid-century wooden and brass single rod and the white cotton canvas curtains, which come in sets of two. I'll let you know how it turns out in a future post, but in the meantime I hope you don't mind if I share my inspiration.

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