Besides the style of the furnishings and the overall look trying to be achieved in a given space, there are 2 things I take into consideration when deciding on what size and material to use for the rod. First, is to consider what architectural details are in the space. Will a certain rod distract or diminish from the existing details? Or will the rod give needed detail and possibly add balance to a window wall if there is furniture placed on the wall opposite? And, secondly what is the fabric? Is a more substantial rod needed for weightier fabrics? And, is the fabric casual or opulant-how wil the rod relate?
This image is from 2005. I think it is an example of where a larger more substantial rod would have added warmth and balance to this side of the room. And the velvet drapes would not appear as heavy as they do on this delicate rod.
In this bathroom the iron window is the focus and the thin silver rod used to hang the white sheers is perfect by not competing for interest with the window.
In these 2 spaces I think the thin rods are the only choice. Imagine if the rods were larger how much they would detract from the beauty of the beams and carved corbels.
Generally, I don't care for overly embellished window treatments or ornate drapery rods. I prefer simple panels, roman shades, woven shades and wood blinds. Since window treatments are a substantial portion of the budget for any space, I gravitate towards designs that seem to me less of a trend and more of a nod to classic applications. In other words, longevity.
However, I think these 2 examples of more ornate styled rods are fantastic!
And, I have never cared for curtains that puddle. Pet hair, random Cheerios and loads of dust are just a few things I've seen lurking in those puddles! Personally, I like my curtains to have a soft break, like a man's well tailored trouser, and for the curtain to just skim the floor. And, I believe the very ornate curtain hardware that in the 80's and 90's that once adorned puddled drapes, is no longer desirable. I think simple well made rods are beautiful.
The other observation I have made is that all types of finishes are still being shown. In wood, there is cherry, dark walnut, mahogany and painted white or cream. Wrought iron is still very popular, but I also see a great deal of polished nickel. And now that brass is seeing a resurgence in popularity, there are some beautiful offerings.
This is from 2008. I have always loved the combination of elegant and casual details. The simple black iron rod picks up on the seats, fireplace and harlequin vase. A gold rod would have been overkill.
I love how casual and cheerful this aqua room is and the beautiful coiffured ceiling. The curtains are youthful and modern. But, I find the small puddles on the floor distracting. A thin rod would have looked equally good here.
Another question is about continuity. Once a rod is selected, must the same style and finish be used throughout the house? I don't think so, but some may disagree.
Above are 2 rooms from the same home. I think it makes a good case for mixing it up!
I am very interested in your opinions and observations, designers and enthusiasts, about the subject. So go ahead.....express yourselves!
Images courtesy of Elle Decor, Veranda, Traditional Home, BH&G,