Many people find themselves tangled up with choices during this process while selecting their interior furnishing: The process of choosing curtains. There is an endless variety of curtains, ranging from full-on heavy drapes to light-weight, airy blinds. In this article, we will go through some tips on how to make the right selection of curtains and suit your dream atmosphere of the house.
Colors and Patterns
The design of the chosen curtain can affect a room in many ways. Bolder colors and textures make great statement pieces; neutral or nude colored curtains tend to create a chicer and more calming atmosphere for the room. Opting for curtains that are a few shades within the wall color of the room will help and enhance a sophisticated atmosphere.
If you want the room to have a more coordinated feel, choose a simpler patterned curtain with colors that matches the wall color. For a more flamboyant room, opting for multiple colors that are complementary will help to liven up the atmosphere. Simple patterned curtains tend to boost each unique designs of any room, without an antagonistic effect of standing out too much.
Fabric, Texture and Lighting
Another thing that many people may not consider, or maybe not realize their mistake until they’ve hung up their newly purchased curtains, is carefully contemplating the fabric of each curtain. The composition fabric of each curtain can affect the lighting and atmosphere of each room differently. It can also affect the curtain’s shelf life, depending on where you hang them. If you require curtains in the bathroom, remember that mold will tend to grow on material such as linen – due to the larger amount of moisture present. Opting for poly fabric that is machine washable would be much better.
In a place like a living room, you may want to allow more natural light to filter in during the day, hence opting for sheer curtains, or curtains composed of lighter fabric, would be a good choice. On the other hand, for a much more private room like bedrooms, heftier fabric will allow lesser natural light to filter through, which usually results in a more dramatic and formal hint to the room.
Soft or Hard Window Treatments?
Soft window treatments may be defined as softer materials such as fabric, and includes curtains, drapes, sheers; where hard window treatments consist of hard materials, such as blinds, shutters, or shades. Choosing between these two depends on what you want to achieve, and how much privacy or light control you require.
Blinds (which are considered hard window treatments) are typically budget friendly, and offer basic functions of a curtain: To offer privacy when closed, and allow in light when opened. Shades (such as rollers, Roman, or cellular) are available at a higher price and varying stages of opaqueness. Curtains may be the most daunting to select, due to the wide variety of design and fabric options. The good news is that curtains offer more warmth at a lower price and a flexibility of measurements as compared to hard window treatments, which is a terrific plus point.
Lengths and Measurements
Once again depending on your main intent, varying lengths of the curtains will enhance your décor in different ways. Old-styled atmospheres tend to be created by long curtains slightly pottering on the ground, while modern designs may consist of neatly-cut, neutral-colored draperies. Should you want to have complete blockage of sunlight, adding a few extra inches around the perimeter of the window frame will do the trick.
Cleaning the Curtains
Making up your mind about a dry-clean curtain or a washing-machine friendly drape can make a huge difference in the long run. Some curtains may shrink overtime, and many curtains be ruined after handwashing them. Hence, always remember to decide and check on how to clean or manage your curtains to keep them in good condition and prolong their shelf-life.
The Many Different Curtains
Curtains come in many shape, sizes, and designs, with two ways to purchase: Ready-made or tailor-made. Ready-made curtains may not best fit your windows as they come in standard sizes, while made-to-measure curtains are customizable and almost guaranteed to create a best fit.
At the end of the day, deciding between aesthetics, light filtering, light control and privacy, plays a big part in selecting your new curtains. Most people tend use curtains for long-term, so do ensure that you are ready to commit to a design when you purchase. Asking for samples can be a good idea if you want to “test it out first”, some designers are happy to oblige if you ask nicely. Creating your own perfect ambience for your house is possible with a lot of careful planning, so stay calm while deciding, and try not to rush into decisions.