First however, you must think about how the rest of your home will go with the design. For instance, if you have a Victorian style home, you'll most likely want to get curtains that are more in a Victorian style or that maybe have designs that lean more towards the Victorian era. If you have a room that is more contemporary, maybe minimalist designs will work for you. A plain pole could be a great start for a room that has little to no elaborate décor. Once you begin with the plain pole, you can start to hang up all kinds of curtains from frilly designs to the more solid colored curtains. Rooms that are more contemporary can benefit greatly from a bit of color here or there.
You want the curtain design to complement the room rather than take away from it. You'll want to take a close look at the kind of window you have. Is your window, rectangular? Is it a large bay window? Size and shape can play a big factor in what kind of curtains you can hang up.
After you have taken into account some of the above considerations, let you imagination run wild. Consider all different types of fabrics such as silk or lace. Consider hand sewing your own curtains. You can use a colorfast outliner pen to decorate sheer curtains or you can attach appliqués, stickers and other fabric shapes to enhance plain fabric. Peruse the arts and crafts store for endless inspiration.
No matter what design you choose, you want the design to fit both your taste and your lifestyle. However, even with that being said, the times are always changing.
One design doesn't have to last forever. Feel free to have new and constantly evolving curtain design ideas about the windows in your house because as they look better, you'll feel better the place in which you live. Your curtain design ideas don't have to cost an arm and a leg either. Even simple changes can make a difference.
Lace curtains or, for that matter, any ready made curtains installed in an arch top window can be used in several attractive different ways. It may seem to be a challenge to you but there are several ways to enhance the beauty of the window with curtains and make it a part of the overall room design.
The easiest plan would be to ignore the arch top and install curtains on the lower part of the window. You could have just the side panels tied back or include a valance over the panels. Most of the arched windows are separated from the lower part. Doing this sort of treatment would allow you to leave the upper part plain or you could perhaps display statuary or objects d'art in the arched portion above the curtains.
There are several other very attractive ways to drape the window and cover the arch as well. You can install a valance on a metal rod that has been curved to fit the arch. Once the rod has been inserted in the valance it can be hung on cup hooks that have been placed around the arch. Don't forget that the length of the arch is longer than the measurement straight across the window. You have to allow enough width in the valance to include this. By itself a valance can be very attractive but you can also install a curtain in the straight lower part of the window. If you can find a valance that is long enough to cover the straight part of the window it would create the effect that the panels actually extended all of the way to the top of the arch.