INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST
One little secret that I will let you in on from my styling shoot I was on last week – a wall is not always a wall. We needed a nice bright blue wall and we created one in the studio from paper hung high from the roll and a mock skirting- things are not always as they appear but illusion is sometimes the key to styling. Which leads me my post- creating a curtain wall from fabric.
Here the incredible American design company Pal and Smith show us how it is done.
TRANSLATE: TRY THIS AT HOME
- This is a good tip for people who are not blessed with incredible walls.
- Works well for people who are renting and want a change that is easy to reverse.
- A quick and easy way to create drama and texture.
- This is suitable for bedrooms and living areas (think about a small dining room-lovely).
- Good for bachelor pads that want to feel cocooned without adding “girly curtains or fabrics”
- If your room is flooded with natural light feel free to go soft and breezy (as long as it falls flat and doesn’t fly away).
- If your room is darker think warm and dark colours.
- Hang the fabric from the ceiling line down- shadow line cornices are good. If your cornice is decorative keep this is view otherwise the joining corners will look odd.
- Do try colour, prints and different textures.
- Do go from wall to wall- always.
- Do use this tip to highlight a long wall – I would avoid patterns in this case.
- Do feel free to hang artwork (like above) as long as it is not flattening the fabric.
- Do think about creative lighting- angle spot lights at 1m intervals for wide rooms or consider uplighting from the floor.
- Do think about this tip to create a wall where there is no wall at all. However if you use this option your fabric must be suitable on both sides and care should be taken to select a fabric that has enough weight to create a wall effect- flowing fabric will just look like a cubby house.
- Don’t ever use shiny fabric. EVER.
- Don’t forget to run all the way to the floor but don’t let it sag- it should just skim.
- Don’t let anyone see any joins ever- these are not curtains really.
- Don’t try to hang wall lights or small prints as they will not enough space to hide the joins behind.
- Don’t feel compelled the repeat the fabric or pattern in ANY other accessories in the room (ie cushions) – you will end up looking matching and terrible.
- Don’t make real curtains out of the fabric on another wall- that would be horrible!
- Don’t use a fabric that you cannot remove and dry clean every now and then- dusty tables are one thing dusty walls are just not cool.
- Don’t be tempted to try this if you are likely to have a strong breeze flowing through or overhead ceiling fans – still rooms people, still.
If you are feeling very creative think about something like these images below