Consider curtains; over many years of designing and having made drapes, I know there are many ways of describing "floor length" curtains. And there are different reasons to select each.
- Clearing the floor. I use this option for clients who want a "clean" finish, as maintaining a tidy floor is easiest with this style. I would describe this length as clearing the floor by about one centimetre.
Clearing the floor
- Kissing the floor. For me I always imagine a long evening dress that just sweeps the floor; a casually elegant effect. From a practical standpoint, this length is useful when the floor is uneven under the window (It's extremely rare to have no variation in length throughout a residence) as it disguises imperfections. I would say curtains sit on the floor by two centimetres when kissing.
Kissing the floor
- Puddling or pooling on the floor. This formal length is often used on curtains that are held back by tie-backs or hold-backs to decorate and frame a window. Depending on your taste, puddling curtains will be anywhere from ten to twenty centimetres on the floor.
Puddling/Pooling on the floor
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