Previously, in the guest bedroom:
I painted the walls white to act as a blank canvas for a collection of colorful, coordinating fabrics (alliteration, much?). My pièce de résistance in the guest bedroom would be floor to ceiling curtains made from Robert Allen’s Khanjali Peacock fabric. The rest of the fabrics used would pull colors from it, and I’d reuse as many items as possible, since these curtains would take up the bulk of my budget for the room.
Sounds good, right?
Well, I head to Cynthia East Fabrics one day prepared to buy six yards of of Khanjali Peacock. This fabric isn’t cheap, folks. And floor to ceiling curtains on two windows require a lot of fabric. To be exact, one panel would need to be 3 yards long. And I needed 4 panels. That’s 12 yards of fabric at $28 per yard. Do that math.
So I had this genius idea. If a yard of the fabric was 54 inches wide, I’d cut it in half down the middle. That way, I could get 4 panels from 6 yards instead. My panels would just be 27″ wide instead of 54″.
GENIUS. I have 100% confidence in this plan when I go in to purchase fabric. Then, as I’m telling all this to the girl who is helping me, she dashes all my hopes and dreams (in the nicest way possible, of course).
“Oh, you shouldn’t do that,” she says.
“I made curtains and did the same thing- cut the fabric in half for the panels. They were way too skinny. They look silly. You’ll want 54″ panels.”
I hemmed and hawed for about an hour in there, she apologized profusely for ruining my plans, but I assured her that it was a truth I needed to hear. How mad would I have been if I’d spent all this money on 6 yards of fabric then COMPLETELY HATED my curtains? Especially if they are supposed to be the dramatic statement in the room?
Remember the Khanjali Peacock curtains at Young House Love (above)? Yeah. These are 54″ wide. I wouldn’t want mine half that skinny! The truth hurt, but I needed to hear it. However, I could not buy 12 yards that day. I went ahead and bought 6 and said I’d maybe come back for the rest or cry myself to sleep for a week or something.
THEN, when I relayed all this to my mom, SHE had a truly genius idea. She recommended I find a solid fabric in a corresponding color (brown? green?) and sew a panel of it on each end of the 27″ panels. This would make them even more dramatic and custom looking and widen them too.
So I have two options. I could do a 10″ band on either side of the ikat fabric, like so: