When installing draperies for a client, we are often asked advice on the proper placement of hardware in relation to the window, moldings, and ceiling. It is commonly thought that hanging the hardware as high as possible serves to increase one's perception of the ceiling height and overall size of the room. But there seem to be plenty of varying opinions and options out there on this topic!
I loved this diagram and description as provided by Alexa Hampton in the Wall Street Journal (of all places)!
Hampton illustrates, from left to right, the "Choke Hold" (hardware installed directly on top of the window casing), the "In Between Solution" (with the hardware installed half way between the top of the window molding and the crown molding) and the "Height is Right"option (with the hardware installed just under the crown molding.
Here are some examples of each...
In Between Solution
Height Is Right
What do you prefer?