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A Hovering Curtain

A tailored curtain should just touch, or "kiss," the floor but never hover above it, says interior designer Lauren Liess (think of too-short curtains like the décor version of high-water pants). For a slightly more casual look, you may want to allow a two- to four-inch break of curtain fabric on the floor. And for a romantic look, allow the panels to go even longer so that they puddle on the floor.