Using curtain scarves as a way to accent windows and draperies can be a fun and creative way to add color and texture to room décor. Curtain scarves might be used as a single piece of draping, or more than one scarf can be combined and draped over a single window. Using asymmetry is another method of making curtain scarves stand out — rather than hanging or draping them evenly across the window, they can be hung so that they fall to one side of the window. Another easy way to make curtain scarves a creative addition to the room is to use color contrast.
Creating color contrast with curtain scarves usually involves using at least two different colored scarves on one window. Colors chosen should ideally complement each other either by achieving a dramatic contrast using bold colors or by choosing slightly different shades of the same color. An example of dramatic contrast could be the use of two very bold colors from entirely different color pallets, such as emerald green coupled with gold. An example of contrast by shading is using the emerald green with a pale sage green. Both combinations add interest that most likely could not be accomplished by using a single color.
Combining textures to achieve a creative look for curtain scarves normally involves using two or more very different types of fabric. For instance, one scarf could be made of velvet and the other made of soft sheer voile or chiffon. This combination could work very well in formal or more elegant settings. For more rustic decors, fabrics such as soft burlap combined with cottons printed in plaids or stripes might be used.
The symmetry of the draping method is another way to get creative with curtain scarves, and there is practically no end to the various ways the scarves can be draped over the rod. The more traditional method involves draping so that even flounces occur all the way across the rod, with edges that fall to equal lengths on each side of the window frame. Interrupting this predictable pattern can instantly add interest to the room. Determining a draping symmetry that works with the room décor may take some time, as it will typically involve experimenting with random placement until a pleasing look is achieved. To get some ideas, it might be a good idea to purchase some home decorating magazines, which typically picture several different types of window treatments.