As we already told you about our recent shopping spree in search of some bay window curtains, we thought that it’s only fair to let you know which ones we ended up choosing.
But let’s start at the beginning…
This is what the bay window in our living room has looked like for the past year. The window with the new stained glass is lovely, but the ugly yellow curtains don’t match anything and are falling to pieces.
The room and window actually look much better without curtains and you can see the architrave around the window that we have replaced.
Our rooms are quite high (about 2,8 m) and we struggle to find ready-made curtains that are long enough to hang down to the floor. Most companies only sell curtains up to about 230 cm length and up till now, we have only been able to find really long ones at Ikea.
So, after much umming and ahring, we decided to go for Hedda Blad.
They looked quite creamy coloured in the store, but to my relief they are much whiter in normal daylight.
I had thought of them as a temporary solution, just so that we could get rid of the ugly old yellow things, but now that they are up I am surprised how much I like them. The material is quite thin, so that the light shines through, but they still offer just enough privacy. I’m not sure you could run around the room starkers though… not that we were planning to!
We should have probably washed and especially ironed the curtains before hanging them, but I was a bit too impatient. At some point we will have to take them down to shorten them and I would also like to put some weights in the hem so that they hang better. The material is so light, they don’t hang very well and look a bit messy.
Now that they are up, I’m really glad that we opted for the patterned curtains. The design is still quite simple, but it just adds a bit of interest to the otherwise quite plain area.
I might attempt to personalise the curtains in the future. Maybe we could colour some of the leaves to match the blue and yellow colours in the room. I’ve coloured in some in this image (not in real life) to show you what we mean.
Towards the bottom of the curtain/floor there could be more leaves coloured which get less towards the top.
Here are the side by side before and after pictures for you.
What do you think? Were we right to choose the patterned curtains? Should we attempt painting them, or do you think that they look better as they are?