Ways to tie back curtains

Let some sunshine into your room when you use curtain tiebacks to hold your curtains away from the window. From traditional tassels and cording to the unexpected, such as belts or bandannas, there's a curtain tieback that will work for your curtains, your room and your personality. For best results, pair casual tiebacks with casual curtains, and formal tiebacks with formal curtains.

Tassels and Cording

Many bed and bath stores and window treatment retailers sell ready-made curtain tiebacks made of tassels and cording. These simply loop around your draperies, and then loop onto small hooks installed on the wall near your window. Tassels and cording usually have a formal look, but could be considered casual if they were made of burlap, linen or cotton and styled simply. Decorators can custom make them, as well.

Fabric Tiebacks

For a simple, tailored look, consider fabric tiebacks made of the same material as your curtain, or a contrasting fabric. Whether flat, pleated or ruffled, these tiebacks are often simple and will let your draperies take centre stage, especially if the tiebacks are made from the same fabric as your curtains. This type of tieback also loops around the curtains and is held on by small hooks in the wall.

Everyday Items as Tiebacks

This is where you can get really creative. Rethink everyday objects,and turn them into curtain tiebacks. For a western-themed little boy's room, use leather belts, rope or bandannas to tie your curtains away from the window. Some ideas for a girls room are ribbons, tulle or a skipping rope. Other ideas include silk or chiffon scarves, studded dog collars, beaded necklaces or pieces of an old quilt.

Curtain Holdbacks

Usually made of metal, and usually made to match curtain rods, holdbacks are installed on the wall next to the window. They are sometimes U-shaped and sometimes posts. Simply drape your curtains over the holdbacks; their rigidity holds the curtains out of the way.

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Sandra Rousseau has been writing since 1990, covering such topics as home decorating, fashion, health, beauty, gardening and cooking. Her articles appear her hometown newspaper, the "Aledo Community News," and on various websites. Rousseau holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and advertising from the University of Texas at Arlington.