Curtain Holdback Options

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Curtain Holdback Options
Curtain holdbacks let in light and add a decorative element. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The right curtain holdbacks can make the difference between an interesting window treatment and a drab one. Tiebacks not only allow light to enter a room, but also are key features in the decorative theme. Some manufactured curtains and drapes come equipped with matching holdbacks. Many consumers choose to use customised curtain holdbacks. No matter your budget, plenty of styles are available.

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Metal holdbacks screw directly into the wall next to the curtain and project 5 or 6 inches. The stems can be straight or swivel. Curtains are swept back into the holders to let in light. The holdbacks are made of materials such as brass, steel and chrome. These fixtures are often etched with ornate designs. Sleek patterns pair well with contemporary draperies.


Wooden holdbacks work well in rooms with a rustic or country motif. The curtain is looped back onto the piece of wood. Finished wood is typically neutral, such as cherry or bamboo. Unfinished wood allows the consumer to choose his own stain. Wood tiebacks are typically free of fancy adornments, but styles vary.


Glass fixtures, such as those found online at Country Curtains, are used to hold window scarves, but can also serve as curtain holdbacks. They come in colours such as blue, green and amber. The Curtain Rod Store features glass onion tiebacks, which can be used alone or paired with the matching wrought iron finial.

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Curtain tiebacks can accent a room's distinctive theme. They are available in many sizes and shapes, from animals to basketballs. You can also create your own curtain holdbacks by purchasing coordinating items from a craft store. Glue them onto the ends of metal or wooden holdbacks for an original look.


Lightweight curtains pair nicely with fabric tiebacks. The material can simply be the same as the curtain. You can add piping around the tieback for extra contrast. Many people opt to use fabrics, scarves and ribbons in differing colours and patterns. A white curtain might be held back with a navy blue silk print scarf for eye-catching appeal.


Traditional rope tiebacks are generally coupled with heavier draperies. They often are braided and include fringe tassels. These tiebacks work well in a more formal setting, such as a formal dining area or receiving room. Colours such as gold and silver are common.


Imagination is your only limit when creating your own curtain holdbacks. You can incorporate beading or jewellery. Some people choose napkin rings. Greenery and flowers are common for sunrooms. Use bandannas with materials such as cloth or denim to create a casual look.

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