What Is a Finial? Your Guide to Curtain Accessories

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When it comes to curtains, it’s all about the details. The right curtain accessories can make or break the look and feel of your windows, so it’s important to choose quality pieces that match not only your curtains and curtain rods, but also your overall décor.

In this post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about curtain accessories. With the right finials, tiebacks and decorative touches, you can easily transform your windows and create the space of your dreams.

What Is a Finial? 

Finials are decorative ornaments attached to each end of your curtain rod. (They can also be found on top of buildings, structures, flag poles and light fixtures.)

Curtain finials are more than just decoration. They serve a functional purpose by preventing your curtains from slipping off the ends of the curtain rods.

Finials come in countless designs, colors and finishes, to match your window style and home décor. So how do you choose the right ones for your curtains and rods?

How to Choose the Right Finials

When shopping for finials, consider the material, the color and finish.

You’ll want to select a material that matches or complements the curtain rods. The most commonly found curtain rods are wood, metal, brass and nickel. Similarly, curtain finials are wood, metal, iron, acrylic, glass, etc.

Finial Materials
L to R: Wood finial, glass finial, nickel finial
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Common curtain rod and finial combinations include:

  • Nickel rods with glass finials
  • Steel rods with bronze finials
  • Wood rods with wood or bronze finials

You’ll also want to select a color and finish that matches your curtain rods.

For instance, glass and acrylic finials tend to be clear or white. They match well with silver or gunmetal gray curtain rods. Oil rubbed bronze finials, or black finials go well with bronze or black curtain rods, respectively.

Finial Colors
L to R: Bronze finial with bronze rod, glass finial with nickel rod, black finial with steel rod
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Finally, make sure the style or decoration of your finials matches the room (like traditional or modern). Ball finials and cage finials tend to be more modern, whereas glass finials or ornate finials are suited for traditional home décor.

Finial Styles
L to R: Modern ball finial, ornate leaves finial
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Though there are many ideas or preferred combinations, it’s also important to remember that there are no set rules when it comes to pairing curtain hardware and accessories. Use your best judgment or eye for design when it comes to choosing the right finials for your rods and curtains.

Tiebacks and Holdbacks

Now that you’ve found the perfect finials for your window treatments, you can add additional curtain accessories like tiebacks or holdbacks.

Tiebacks gather and pull back your curtains to allow in extra light. They also add a touch of elegance and make a great statement piece for your curtains.

Tiebacks are a softer material like cord or rope. Holdbacks are usually more rigid, made of metal and have decorative ornaments just like finials.

Tiebacks and Holdbacks
L to R: Tiebacks, holdbacks
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Again, your tiebacks or holdbacks should match with the color and material of your finials and curtain rods.

Hang Your Curtains With Ease Using Kwik-Hang

Choosing curtain accessories can be a time-consuming process that requires you to shop around and weigh your options. Don’t waste time or effort when it comes to assembling and hanging your curtains.

Good news: You can put up your curtains in seconds – without any screws, drills, holes or damage – using Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets! All you have to do is align the brackets to your window trim, tap them in and hang your curtains.

Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets are available in black, silver, gold, white and bronze for single rods, double rods and even center support brackets, making them the perfect base for your curtains and accessories.

Hang your curtains hassle-free without compromising style. Try Kwik-Hang brackets risk-free today.

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