First, collect all your tools before you begin that way you don’t have to run up and down two flights of stairs multiple times. Second, don’t assume that the shade manufacturer has provided all the necessary hardware required to properly hang your shade.
I decided to hang the shades tight up to the ceiling. Our ceilings on the second floor are 7′-6" tall, which is fairly low and our bedroom is pretty big so I wanted to introduce some vertical-ness to the room it has seemed to help.
Now to get some color on those walls!