Advice from Martha Stewart on Choosing Curtains

Posted by: on June 13th, 2013 | One Comment
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If you have ever shopped for new curtains, you know that there are lots of elements to consider. There’s choosing the right color and fabric, deciding on the length you want them to hang, not to mention the drapery hardware. The devil in all the details can get a bit overwhelming. So, we’ve asked Martha Stewart, one of the country’s leading experts on design and décor, for her advice to help you select the right drapes and curtains for your home.

In this short video, Martha unveils the secrets of choosing window treatments for any room in the home. Here’s a sampling of the topics she covers.

The Length

Even before you take your first measurement, decide how high above the window you want the curtains to start. And, here’s a tip some of you may have already picked up from The Home Depot Style Guide: Hanging curtains higher above the window creates the illusion of greater height in a room.

Martha’s advice for a clean, modern look, is to have curtains fall flush with the floor. If you want something more dramatic, add 2 or 3 inches so the curtains puddle slightly on the floor.

On Color and Curtains

Neutral curtain colors are a popular choice because they’re easier to blend into the rest of a room’s décor and are less likely to fade. But don’t be afraid to go with a pop of pattern like a quatrefoil or stripes to add some visual excitement to a room.

About Fabrics for Curtains

Lighter fabrics like linen, silk and variations of these materials filter light beautifully and hang nicely, making them good choices for a sunny room. Blackout curtains in velvet, suede, tapestry and other heavy materials are excellent for blocking light and controlling room temperature.

After viewing the video, you will feel more confident about selecting window treatments that enhance the look of each and every window in your home.


The Home Depot offers a wide assortment of blinds and window treatments in many styles and fabrics. Plus, check out more decor and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

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