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Advice from Martha Stewart on Choosing Curtains

Posted by: on June 13th, 2013 | One Comment


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.

How To Shorten Faux Wood Blinds

Posted by: on May 30th, 2013 | One Comment


Beyond providing privacy and a way to filter light, installing faux wood blinds is an inexpensive way to dress up any window in your home. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors to complement your décor. All too often, however, you may end up purchasing blinds that are a little too long. The result is a puddle of slats sitting on top of the windowsill when the blinds are closed.

For some, this is not a big issue. But if you’re somewhat more meticulous and prefer your blinds to hang as flush as possible with the windowsill, check out this video. Jay from our Community Forums prepared this tutorial to teach you how to shorten premium faux wood blinds.

Jay makes it look so easy because it really is. In a few minutes, with nothing more than a few simple tools, including a pair of scissors or a utility knife, a flathead screwdriver and a Sharpie, you can customize the length of your blinds to hang at the perfect length for your window.


You’ll find the widest selection of blinds and window treatments as well as windows and window accessories online and in-store at The Home Depot.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Blinds Safety 101

Posted by: on August 21st, 2011 | 3 Comments

Home Depot Store Associate, Chicago, IL

A couple I met in the store recently needed to invest in some new blinds after their three kids’ rough-housing had damaged several of their old ones. The conversation reminded me of the importance of selecting blinds that are safe for use in a house full of young children.

Am I Safe Already?

That all depends on what type of treatments you currently have for your windows and how old they are. As of 2001, safety regulations for all blinds sold and produced in the U.S. went through a major overhaul. Any window treatments made today are much different than their older counterparts. One major difference is in the structure of their pull cords.

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Caring for and Maintaining Your Area Rugs

Posted by: on February 15th, 2011 | One Comment

Area rugs are stylish, functional and have the ability to enhance any room in your home. Although area rugs tend to be less costly than other means of decorating and/or upgrading your space, you still want to maintain your investment. Proper care and maintenance of your area rug can not only increase the life of the rug but also can preserve its newness.

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