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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Making a Statement with Understated Window Hardware

It's such a tiny detail, but window hardware can make or break a room.  Hanging the most elegant custom curtains from flimsy hardware just ruins the look.  In most of the rooms of my house, my curtains hang from big wooden poles with substantial pineapple or acorn finials.  They are pretty, but they aren't inexpensive (to buy or to install), and more importantly, they often are so ornate and noticeable that they compete for attention with the curtains themselves.

Over the past year or so, I've spotted what I think is the *PERFECT* curtain hardware.  It consists of a simple metal rod that curves at a 90-degree angle into the wall, where it is attached with a small metal plate bracket.  No fussy finials, no acorns or pineapples.  Just simple, beautiful hardware that allows your curtain fabric to be the star of the show.

Meg Braff uses this perfect hardware in brass.

Phoebe Howard uses it in wrought iron.

After looking everywhere online for this hardware, I finally went to Lowe's to see if I could re-create it using basic metal piping.  It's possible, but unless you're looking for shiny chrome, it will still require a paint job.  And like so many things, by the time you buy all the individual pieces, you end up spending more than it would cost to have the hardware custom made. 

So imagine my delight when I saw this in a Pottery Barn catalog...  The PB Essential Cast Iron Drapery Rod:

It's exactly what I have been looking for!  I wish they had it in brass, but the wrought iron is pretty, and the style is so understated that you really can use it in a more formal room.  Of course you can style it better than in this picture (forget the clips or at least hide them, and pleat the curtains), but I think this hardware looks great and is a great price. 

I already bought it for my recently revamped family room!  The hardware is so understated and doesn't compete with the other fabrics in the room. 
I'll post more pics of the room next week.  But I really am obsessed with this window hardware and it's simplicity, especially when used in a room with a lot going on!  Leave it to Pottery Barn to bring high style to the masses (like me!).


Southern Princess said...

I love the curtains in the last picture. I myself would never be as bold to try green, but everytime I see pictures with it, I like it! Maybe time to venture out of my comfort (brown/blue) zone! xoxo

BridgetG said...

Check out the return rods at Country Curtains.

Holly Phillips said...

You can find radius return rods at They come in lots of colors and sizes. Look under the 1" section.

Hope that helps-

Holly Phillips
The English Room

Julie said...

The room looks great! I hope you are pleased with the results.

Melissa said...

Look at that ikat sofa! Bold and beautiful!

Jeanne said...

Those type of rods are available at JCPenney.

kayce hughes said...

Love it all. I want everything in your room!

Rebecca said...

Ah rats, someone beat me to Country Curtains! Your room looks fantastic—can't wait to see more!

Anonymous said...

We have an iron guy in our town that custom makes these rods for next to nothing. Also makes the rings and has several different finishes!

CanWeSitOnThePatty said...

The room looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

They have rods like these at I have used them many times in my work. They have several others as well including bay window rods, hinged rods, twisted rods, and traverse iron rods. They are all custom sized and come in many colors.

12 devonshire said...

Wow - the room looks fabulous!! Can't wait to see more. I was on the hunt for curtain rods like this and found some at Ballard ( I ended up not needing them in the end, but am now glad to know of all these other resources!

Eclectic Etcetera said...

Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your finds!

Eclectic said...

I'm sure you know this but thought I would mention it just in case...that Pottery Barn hardware is GORGEOUS but it is definitely for stationary drapery only, not functioning, as it has one of those annoying telescoping rods. Just wanted to FYI ya :)

Jamie said...

Glad I came across this, helped in my decision to get the PB Essential Rods myself!

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