Windows Interior / October 4, 2018 / Nia Dozier.
Tab top curtains can come in any color, and if you can’t find them, they’re easy to make! From blue tab top curtains to vibrant orange, any color scheme can work in this style.
Keep in mind that the heavier the material, the more tabs you’ll need for it to hang correctly. If you double-up on hanging rods, consider using a sheer curtain behind the tab top to create an elegant look by pushing the tab top curtains slightly to the side, or by using side ties.
This style of window treatment also looks nice when hung as tab panel curtains. This method allows you to attach some panels, which you can then separate along the window for an interesting contrast of light.
When making your tab top curtains, experiment with various widths and styles of tabs. Even when you purchase this style of drapery, you can embellish the flaps with beads, pins, buttons, flowers, or other decorative accents. Alternating broader and narrower tabs makes for a nice variety, so long as they spaced so that the curtain will hang well. For external flaps, those that are sewn to the outside of the curtain rather than inside) use different shapes, such as a pointed or round end to the tabbed piece. Different colored tabs also add to the visual interest.
Aside from colors and fabrics, this window treatment style demands that you pay attention to the curtain or drapery rod. Because the tabs create space between one another, the hanging rod becomes essential. If you’re a big fan of wrought iron, for example, but can’t afford the real thing, look for the faux versions. They’re stylish, lightweight, and very affordable.
In the mood for adventure? Consider making your curtain rods. Choose the curved fittings to hold the pieces together, and you can have a fantastic, unique drapery rod in a brief time. If you don’t like the colors available, consider a can of spray paint. With some PVC piping and a marbleized paint, you can create a beautiful hanging rod.