I love drama. Okay, maybe not so much the people-kind, but the drama of floor length curtains – I’m all about that.
Just look at these.
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We added floor length curtains from Pottery Barn to our recent master bedroom remodel for some added impact, and they really help soften the space.
It turns out that floor length curtains actually do more than create beautiful drama. They can actually help your home.
A recent article by The Family Handyman explains it well. Basically, heat sucks into that gap between the wall and your curtain rod, traveling down in front of the window. Because heat follows cool air it moves down past the window, then circulates back out under your curtains, now as cooled air, creating a draft. So where you thought your curtains were helping to insulate your home this winter they may actually be acting as a mini air conditioner.
The first solution they give is to create a pelmet at the top of the window, basically a covering. I don’t know about you, but that is just not a solution I’m digging. The next solution? Long curtains. Curtains that hang to the floor stop the air from circulating back out and prevent drafting. And there you have it, ordering those curtains one size up is actually good for your home and your wallet.
One last word, because I know someone will ask: Yes, I have small children and floor length curtains have never been an issue despite the occasional hide and seek game played behind them or the kid burritos they become at times when a toddler wraps up in them.
There you have it, lovely, dramatic curtains + energy savings. A match made in heaven!
(Curtains from West Elm)