This designer-approved curtain tip will create the illusion of space in a small room

The secret to sizable space begins with your window dressing – this is what the experts recommend

Curtain hanging above the window
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When it comes to creating the illusion of space in a small room, designers are divided. Some turn to color, some to the floor, and others to oversized furniture. However, there is one part of the room that is arguably the most influential of them all: the window – or rather – your window dressing

According to top curtain designers, you can accentuate the size of your small space with one deceptive trick – and the results are ‘completely transformative.’ But what exactly does this curtain idea involve? Here, designer Gemma Moulton reveals what you need to know. 

How to create the illusion of space with your curtains

Curtain hanging above the window

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Window treatment ideas are a particularly easy way to add height and stature to a room when placed correctly. Although fitting into the wall above (rather than the window frame) will inevitably be more difficult, the results are completely transformative,’ says Gemma. 

The East London Cloth designer, who has just launched her first online curtain-making course with Create Academy, explains that a curtain (or blind) will add the illusion of height to the window – but that's not all. The trick will also ‘allow more light in when pulled,’ meaning your room will appear brighter – and consequently more spacious. 

Interior designer Louise Bradley similarly urges you to seemingly increase the scale of the window (and the size of your room) by thinking about your curtain pole placement. 

Curtain hanging above the window

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‘The pole should be slightly longer than the window itself, ensuring space for a generous stack back of the tailored fabric,’ Louise says. This interior design tip not only accentuates the space but also exhibits a ‘luxurious feel within the room’ and ‘softens the space’ to create a bespoke aesthetic. 

However, the designer warns that while this window treatment idea works seamlessly in some rooms, it is less suitable in other spaces. 

Curtain hanging above the window

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‘We would always position the pole to scale with the window; however, the higher it is placed, the more it would extend the window,’ Louise says. Therefore, if you are not looking to extend your window, it is best to avoid practicing this secret in certain rooms. 

We’re re-evaluating our curtain placement at the next available opportunity. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.