‘Curtains can be your style statement’, how true these words are as curtains can help you make a room. Any interior designer will tell you that, if chosen correctly, window treatments or curtains for a door can change the ambience of a room.
When it comes to choosing curtains you have to consider its fabric, color, length and lining and whether the curtain is custom-made or off-the-shelf etc. Such various aspects for choosing curtains can surely make your head spin! However a few tips some of which are listed below can help you choose perfect curtains for your home and put those curtains to smart use. So let’s see what aspects to consider when choosing curtains:
Fabric, Lining and Color – Fabric is an essential and integral factor while choosing a curtain because your material will dictate how well your curtains function and how they hold up overtime. If the curtains are too heavy they may not fold crisply when drawn or if the curtains are too light they may not fall properly.
Work with big samples of curtains as to see how they fall as a smaller piece may not show the fabric’s true drape. Another important aspect to consider is the amount of light you get in the room as harsh sunlight will fade the fabric faster and so bright colored curtains will fade away faster in high temperature areas of the home. When it comes to fabric, Linen, Silk, Faux Silk and Velvet are good choices. They are ideal for window treatments as they fall gracefully and drape well. Some fabrics also tend to keep the cold out. See what suits your home and pick the fabric accordingly.
Another thing to consider is whether your fabric needs lining as silk curtains without lining will rot and fade faster, thus lining is important as it helps in adding body and fullness to the curtain and keeps them from fading.
Additionally, color of the curtains should blend with the room’s décor. Neutral shades easily blend and add a touch of class to the entire room. Choose the colors of the curtain according to the room furnishings.
Length – Length of the curtain is an important feature as it gives your windows that extra length which makes them look stylish and help them blend majestically with the room décor. When measuring the width of a window for their suitable curtains, give the measurement a good four inches extra width on both the sides as this will give your curtains fullness and they will look good when drawn apart.
Custom-Made or Off the Shelf Curtain – Custom-made window treatments have certain benefits, i.e. they are made to suit the length and breadth of your windows. Custom-made curtains come with a lot of endless design options and styles. If custom-made is not in your budget then you can opt for Off the Shelf curtains as they come in standard sizes so that you can pick a good quality fabric that will drape well. Also inquire whether your curtains require dry-cleaning or are washer friendly.
Get your curtains through a home consultant, if you can afford one or get the samples and see how they look in your room and whether they blend with the furnishings before you finally buy them.
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