The Appeal of White Lace Curtains
Pretty detail for beautiful windows...
If you've longed for a romantic country inn look for your interiors, consider the simple freshness of white lace curtains. Billowing in a spring breeze, they're simple, traditional, and beautiful.
Appropriate to nearly every room in the house, white lace curtains are a fresh alternative to heavy drapes and mini-blinds. Hang them alone on windows not needing nightime privacy or light control, use them over simple window shades or blinds, or under fabric panels that draw closed at night.
Lace curtains can be placed either inside or outside the window frame, and can be short or long. Click here for a fabric glossary.
The short curtains in these photos fit inside the window frame. Fullness (the amount of fabric gathered onto the window hardware) should be a minimum of 1 1/2 times and up to 3 times the width of the window. That is, if your window is 24" wide, the curtain panel should be between 36" and 72" wide, depending on your preferences. In general, the more sheer the fabric, the more fullness may be needed. Another factor is privacy, since additional fullness will often give more window coverage. An average fullness is 2 times.
Take a look at some other examples of white lace curtains and find some great sources for them on the Internet.
Start by getting an Scottish lace reproduction curtains, with both cut yardage and ready made curtains available for order over the phone.
Rue de France has beautiful French lace cafe curtains, valances, flat lace panels, and tiebacks, as well as curtains to fit French doors. Longer panels of sheers come in a number of attractive patterns available with either rod pockets, circle clips, or loop tape.
London Lace in Boston, MA offers both panels and yardage and also stock designs that offer a higher degree of privacy.
Burrows & Company offers traditional lace curtains from Scotland. Decorating with Lace also stocks a number of beautiful Scottish lace curtain panels. Voile Panels made in england bring a soft illusion to windows. See examples of this washable material on this site.
Try these yardage and assembly directions for kitchen curtains from About's Sewing Guide, Debbie Colgrove.
Amish Traditions sells several patterns and styles of Heritage lace curtains with the appealing names of "Heirloom", "English Ivy", "Tiara", and "Cottage Garden". They recommend purchasing panels that are between 1 1/4 and 2 1/4 times fullness (that is, a 30" window could take a curtain panel that is between 38" and 68" wide).
Look for lace curtains up for auction through eBay.
Lace FAQ's discuss measuring, laundering, fabric content, as well as a brief description of curtain terms.
White lace evokes a special response in everyone. For most of us, the look inspires relaxation and comfort, reminding us of a special weekend retreat or bed and breakfast. Others may recall lace curtains that once adorned childhood homes. Neverthless, white lace curtains are as timeless as spring flowers, and just as welcome.
~ Glenna Morton