Mismatched Curtain Rods: Would You?

Mismatched Curtain Rods: Would You?

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Tess Wilson
Sep 19, 2014
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Quick question: If you had three windows in your living room and you already owned these three curtain rods and a recent trip to Target informed you of how stupidly expensive curtain rods are, would you just make your living room the Island of Misfit Curtain Rods?

I'm tempted to go for it, and not just because I can't bear the thought of spending $27.99/rod plus whatever the rod-holder-thingies cost. I think the mixed set might work with the aesthetic of our farmhouse, a combination of wood paneling and "stone" floors, concrete countertops, subtle, earthy paint colors, handmade furniture, friends' art, and quirky fixtures original to the 100-year old house. With ceiling heights differing from room to room and a comfortable combination of antique and edgy elements, I don't feel like three random curtain rods are going to screw up the vibe or anything.

We have curtains in a pretty green that's nearly identical to our wall color— serendipitous, considering they were languishing in the basement— which is not what I would have chosen, but we already own them. I think I'm going to just go for it, hang the two gold-ish ones above the windows that share a wall and the black one can reign on its own wall. I seriously doubt anyone will ever notice, and I'll have saved so many $27.99s!

Have you ever willfully used mismatched elements, or confidently power clashed to save cash?

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