When you should tie back your curtains...
- to let more light into the room
- to create that classic "R" shape in your curtains
- to control an unruly or puffy curtain fabric
- handy for holding a door curtain back for easy access
When you should you not tie back your curtains....
- if you have more than 2.5 widths of fabric in your curtains. A standard rope tieback is often too tight on very wide curtains.
- if you regularly draw your curtains closed at night they will hang better when closed if they haven't been tied back during the day.
- myth - tiebacks are only for traditional looks (truth - go for a modern embrace style tieback instead of a tassel tieback)
- myth - eyelet curtains don't suit tiebacks (truth - use a holdback as a tieback hook. The rope won't be held as tight against the curtain and so not crush the deep folds in the eyelet curtains.)