ample lighting is pretty important in a home, apartment or whatever you live in (box?). if you don’t have a very bright place graced with natural lighting i would strongly recommend getting a bunch of lamps. i kind of hat overhead lighting unless it’s recessed, but even then lamps are cozier. no matter what the light is, let’s hope you at least have some windows! assuming you do, these windows are a great opportunity to bring in more color and/or pattern in the form of curtains!
it is really easy to find curtains on the cheap. the ones i have in my place now came from Ikea, Cost Plus and Target. there are a lot of great inexpensive options out there but of course, if you want to fork it over, there is nothing more luscious than silk taffeta or high-end drapes.
so… 1. find a curtain fabric that works with your color palette. use solids or get funky with florals or stripes, etc.
2. make sure you get the right hardware (rods, brackets, curtain rings(optional), tie backs) to hang them. don’t be afraid that you may have to poke a couple holes in the wall to get them up. again, this is the general wear and tear that is allowed in a rental place and when you move out it is soooo easily fixed with a little spackle, if you want to be anal and all.
3. note: if you have verticle blinds in your place, the ugly ones that clip onto a track, you can take the plastic slats out of the clips and put fabric curtains in the clips instead! you can then still use the same open close mechanism without the ugly plastic blinds. that’s what we did in our living room and it works great! just bundle up the plastic slat pieces, tie them with twine and store them under your bed then when you’re ready to move out you can just put them back up!
1. get the curtain rods kits that come with two rods. then buy a solid curtain and a patterned curtain and hang them both for a really luxurious look. i would put the solid one closest to the window. one can be functional and the other decorative or you can close them both for extra light obstruction.
2. hang your curtains above the natural window line, even as far up to the ceiling if the curtains are long enough. this will really bring your eye up and create the illusion of height and grandeur in a space….and it doesn’t look weird, i promise!