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Curtain Accessories Part 18

Curtain Accessories – The Finishing Touches to Curtain Design

In our last lesson we learned about Combining Curtains with your Interior Design Concept, in today’s lesson we will learn about the finishing touches to curtain design.

In interior design and decoration, it is the finishing touches that add the individuality and personality to a design. Curtain accessories are an important feature in dressing your windows with flair. As I often stress, less is usually best, so don’t try and use all the accessories on one window. Choose carefully and decide if you really need them, will they add the extra zing to a design or will they make it look too fussy? Read on to see what you can use to increase the decoration of your curtain design.

Types of Curtain Accessories and When to Use Them


Finials go on the end of the decorative curtain rod or pole. They are available in numerous design forms from the traditional ball, artichoke, arrow head, fleur de lys to the more contemporary scrol, spiral, star, glass balls, etc. They can help enhance a chosen style period, or theme that you are trying to create and this can be further enhanced by selecting the same style for the holdback.


Pelmets are a fixed cover that goes over the head of a curtain, they can sometimes be upholstered, painted, made of timber or can be part of the ceiling itself in the form of a coving that goes aroung the outside of the walls and the curtains can be ceiling mounted behind. They add formality to a room and are often made of a contrasting fabric which is also use on the leading edge and the tie backs. Read More


These are a decorative curtain that is usually on a track or rod that covers the top of the curtain heading. They are often fixed with a double track, they sit forward of the curtain underneath. They provide a formal look, or traditional theme and are rearly seen in contemporary interiors as they are seen as being too “decorative and frilly!” Getting the height of a valance is imporatnt so that the proportions of the window and window treatment are pleasing to the eye, they should be approxiametly 1/6th of the height of your curtain. Read more

Hold Backs

These are a rigid piece of metal fixed to the wall that allows the curtains to be placed behind. A modern version of the tie back.They are much simpler to use and you will get the same look every time, not like the traditinal tie back that you need to fiddle with to get the curtain sitting right each time you open then.

Tie Backs

These are as they sound, they tie the curtains back from the window, they can be made from cord and have tassels on the end or from the same fabric as the curtain. There are many variations, in fact, I have seen numerous applications, plaited fabric, a silk scarf, string of beads, nautical rope, your creativity can shine here!


These are generally used on tiebacks and can sometimes be used on pelmets and valances. Read More


This is often used on the leading edge of a curtain or along the edge of a valance or swags and tails to add the extra decoration.

Leading Edge

This is the front or leading edge of the curtain, the edge of the curtain that meets the other in the centre. Traditional curtains often had decoration on this leading edge in the form of bullion fringing, lace, braid, or has a lipping (a contratsing fabric to this edge).


Contrasting trim can be used to the leading edge or to pelmets and valances to enhance the fabric design colors and it means this color can also be used in the other areas of decoration within the room.


Lace is not used often now, but it can be added to pelmets,valances, tiebacks or the bottom of roller blinds.

Curtain accessories are not always required but it definately is an advantage to have an understanding of their applications. Go and have a look at some examples and photographs of how curtain accessories are used.

Curtain Pelmet Photos

Curtain Pelmet Photos

Curtain Tieback Photos

Curtain Valance Photos

Traditional Curtain Swags and Tails Photos

Curtain Accessories Photos

Rosettes – Decorative Curtain Examples

Great you have just finished reading part eighteen. Now go and read your related articles and photos above. In two days time you will receive the ecourse summary, and if you don’t receive it then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for two days then you can find part nineteen here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Curtain Design Ecourse Coordinator