The Beauty of Curtains...

The heat wave here in Vancouver has people running for the Air Conditioned stores, including myself. I stopped in a Ikea today, truthfully to get one of their yummy frozen yogurt cones, to try and beat the heat and browse through the showrooms. Turns out they had lots of items on clearance for really good deals. I popped in to their textiles division and browsed through their bedding, pillow covers and curtains. In the past I have used their simple cream Ritva curtains in dozens of homes. They are really in-expensive and work great with a variety of different upholstery fabrics.
In one home that had a fabulous Black distressed Kitchen I used a bold Black and White patterned fabric to embellish the curtain tops and matching window seat pillows.
The possibilities are endless with these creamy white panels, as shown here in a Show suite where I used a striped pattern to pull all the colors of the wall and accents to the Patio sliding doors. To me most windows are never complete without that final touch of fabric framing the view.
I have also experimented with using the fabric not only at the top but mid-way as well...
And of course I don't Always use white it'd fun to mix it up with some of the other beautiful choices that Ikea carries...like these chocolate panels.
A new item at Ikea are these fabulous brushed cotton striped panels "Stockholm Block". They have all colors of my current renovation so I snapped them up and hung them this afternoon in our Great Room and boy do the look...well, Great! I'll be sure to post pictures once my room is finished and photo ready! A blog for another day!

I should also mention the Ikea Curtain rod sets are wonderful and also a bargain. They have everything you could possibly need and fit any budget. Of course many times I've just used the curtains on their own as you can never go wrong with cream curtains, they lighten up any space and colour.

So be sure and check out your local Ikea and see what inspires you, best part of their curtains is that once they are up no one ever thinks they are Ikea panels they will just comment on how great they look! ~ Emily

Emily Hagerman Design


Anonymous said...

Those are all beautiful photos - I wish my house was that nice.

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Aunt Julie said...

Great blog. Curtains have always been difficult for me! Will be stopping back often. You won a contest on Eat Your Veggies, and to get the prize to you, I need a mailing address. Will send it out asap. Thanks!

mishebe said...

The curtains are what totally caught my eye. love the added material. mishelle