You have almost as many choices of curtain rods as you do curtains. Though you may think of this fixture as something you never see, this isn’t always the case. It all depends on how you plan to hang the rest of the window coverings. If your curtain rod is going to be on display, it’s essential that you choose one that complements the rest of the décor in the room. Begin by selecting the right color. If the other fixtures in the room are black, gold, bronze or silver, let this be your guide and select a curtain rod to match.
Next you need to consider what window hanging you will be using. A single curtain rod is fine for a valance or set of curtains. If you want to have both, however, you will need a double curtain rod with separate rods for each hanging. Consider how the curtains will be hanging from the curtain rods. If you have a pocket at the top of the curtains, you may not see the rod at all. With grommets, rings or tabbed curtains, you will see the rod in the openings between the fabric. Choose a rod that fits the curtain well. The curtains should slide comfortably on the rod.
Finials are the decorative features on the end of curtain rods. These can be subtle or elaborate. If you have a traditional decorating scheme, balls or ovals on the ends of the curtain rod are a simple solution. If you have a more formal decorating scheme, you can use fancy finials in elaborately sculpted shapes like a fleur-de-lis. You will also find many finials in nature designs that resemble the shape of leaves or branches. These complement a natural theme extremely well. The finial is a small finishing touch, but it will make your window décor look perfectly pulled together.
Finally, make sure you place your curtain rods appropriately for your window hangings. If you’re using a valance, hang the rod high enough that the fabric doesn’t obstruct too much of the window. The fixtures that support the rod on either side of the window should be two to three inches away from the frame. If you’re using elaborate drapes on either side of the window, the rod may need to extend even further so you can see the window and still have room for the hangings on either side. If you have a third fixture for a particularly long curtain rod, measure carefully so that it is placed perfectly in the middle.