In interior design, it’s a well known fact that the right curtains can make or break a room. When dressing up your windows, you will want to address the fabric, lining, length and color of your curtains. Even thought it seems overwhelming, fear not, because by the end of this guide you’ll have the right décor!
One of the key features to good curtains is choosing the right fabric. The fabric will dictate how well your curtains hold up over time. Light curtains may not fall as well as heavy ones. Likewise, heavy ones won’t fold as easily. If you can’t tell the thickness of a material, even by weight and feel, try putting the curtains against direct sunlight. Crease the curtains at the top so that they resemble an accordion, and see how well they hang. If they seem oval due to the creases, then they won’t fall nicely on the windows. Try working with a larger sample, because smaller ones may not show the fabric’s true drape.
One thing to take in consideration is the fading of color. Remember to avoid bright colors if your room has a lot of sunshine, because they’ll fade faster. It is optimal to choose neutral colors because they are more likely to blend in with the room, and will fade less.
Many caterers use velvet, tweed, suede or tapestry, since they’re great heat and light isolators. You’d be surprised how some materials can keep the cold out! Still, any fabric can be covered with a thicker, insulating material. Placing such a material between the layers of a curtain can prolong its life tenfold.
The right measures mean all the difference
Before you decide on anything, you should decide how high a curtain should hang. Designers tend to hang their curtains six inches above the window frame, but if you’re going for a more dramatic look, you can go higher than that. For width, about eight inches on each side should do. Those extra few inches really come in handy when trying to block sunlight. Fitting in with the dimensions you choose might not be as easy as it seems at first. You might need a custom window treatment that will cost you a pretty penny. Of course, if you don’t mind spending more money, then you can get yourself a special window treatment from a professional
Upon considering your purchase, think about if you want your curtains to be washing machine friendly, or dry clean friendly. This will help with the quality of life. Be careful not to ruin the curtains if you wash them yourself – this is a common mistake.
If you don’t feel confident about picking the right shape, size and design, get some consultation online. People are itching to have a word in the décor of your home. But if you’re feeling like you need professional advice, consult an interior designer. This of course bares its price. Whichever path you choose, remember to match the drapes with the rug. I’m joking, of course. Don’t actually do that.