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Remember when I told you that I preferred our windows to be naked, or at least not covered up with curtains? Well, that didn’t necessarily mean that I wouldn’t find another spot to hang curtains! Come on now, you know me better than that. So, what do you think of “Grommet Panel Curtains”? You never heard of them? Well, I bet you have seen them. Here, let me show you what I’m talking about…
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see those white grommet curtains? For me, it’s Marilyn Monroe. The white satin reminds me of her famous white dress. Hey take another look…
Whoa…Sylvia is so shocked she had to look away. Okay in that photo I am really digging how the wedding dress over the mantle seems to sway the same way the white curtains do. That was not planned, but I absolutely love that it happened.
So, yes, “grommet panel curtains” have the holes at the top of the panel so you can slide them onto a curtain rod with ease. I like them because it gives off a rustic casual vibe rather than too fancy. I mean obviously I like fancy, but I do like me some rustic, too.
Here’s the living room entrance before we hung the curtains. It looked fine, right?
So, why add curtains? Well, I’ve heard through the Instagram line (follow me here) that back in the day folks would hang curtains in living room entry ways to help keep the heat in. Ironically enough, I did that very same thing in our kitchen. You can see those curtains here: White Ruffled Gypsy Curtains.
To be honest though, I didn’t do it for that reason. I really just did it for fun. To try something new that I haven’t seen. I also love the glam factor along with our new blue velvet sofa (see source list below).
You could do this in any open doorway, or entryway. I actually did it in our first house in the 90’s in the entrance to a hall. I matched up the curtains that were on the window on the adjacent wall and it almost gave the appearance of 2 windows in the room. Pretty cool idea.
Now, we used a very long curtain rod and had to secure it in the middle so it doesn’t droop down. I went a few inches above the moldings and didn’t worry about the curtains being too long. I actually prefer the look of draped curtains on the floor. (Don’t forget to use an anchor if you don’t have studs where you are drilling.)
As you can see, Sylvia our cat (she’s in almost every photo) really likes hanging out with me when I get the camera out.
Here’s another angle where you can see how I use mirrors to not only reflect the room, but make it look larger.
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Here’s one last view of the entire room from my staircase. I decided on warm lighting rather than bright white, and I added softer parson chairs to our table. I also planted that palm in that pretty urn my husband gave me for Mother’s Day.
Let me know your thoughts and if you plan to try this in your home.
Unlined Grommet Curtain Panels (assortment of colors and sizes)
Lined Grommet Curtain Panels (assortment of colors and sizes)
Curtain Rod (clear ball)
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Tags: curtains, grommet panel curtains, living room, white