Curtains can make or break the function and aesthetics of any room. Finding the ideal set that maximizes the control of natural light and that looks the part can definitely be a challenge, which is why it is important to explore the various options.
A great way to begin narrowing down the choices is by determining what room you are decorating, as well as the size of the particular space. Smaller bedrooms tend to be better served by adequate amounts of light, whereas large living or family rooms allow for greater flexibility.
Thanks to a diverse array of window treatment options, you should have no problem finding the perfect set. Curtains and drapes are the original window covering choice, and are still an extremely popular alternative to shutters and blinds. Be it a designer window or a bay windows installation the curtains you choose must be in blend with them.
What to know when buying curtains and drapes
Length is one feature worth taking some time to decide on; the goal should be to adequately cover the window and sill, but not too much so that the curtain is folded excessively on the ground.
Keep in mind that in order to make the room appear bigger, most interior decorators recommend hanging the drapes no less than six inches above the top of the sill. Of course, you are free to extend the length even higher for a more dramatic look!
Therefore, you will want to start your measurement from where the curtains are hung and leave approximately two to three inches at the base. For a more modern theme, avoid the excess and make sure the bottom of the drapes are flush with the floor.
When it comes to gauging proper width, a good rule of thumb is to add 8-16 inches on either side of the frame. Remember, coming up short is always worse than having a bit extra! This is particularly true if you intend on using the drapes to blackout the room at times; creeping sunlight around the edges can be prevented with a few more inches.
Colour and Fabric:
Color and fabric choices leave plenty of room for imagination. Whether you are aiming for a traditional theme or something a bit more modern, this is definitely not a part of the buying process you want to rush.
Weight is a very important factor in this respect. Too heavy and the drapes may present problems when being drawn. Too light and the curtains may not fall as neatly as you would prefer.
The best way to approach this is by testing our various sample pieces at the store, pleating two-yard sections, and observing how they fold and fall. In addition, be wary of choosing too light of a color, especially in rooms exposed to lots of sunlight; otherwise, you run the risk of premature fading.
When in doubt, neutral palettes are always a safe bet. Suede, velvet, and silk (faux silk is an excellent alternative) tend to be the most durable curtain fabric materials. If you cannot find a set of stock drapes you like, consider going the custom route!
Anne Flemings loves interior designing and is always in pursuit of the latest changes and trends in home improvement. Her other interests lies in cooking, painting and blogging. She is an enthusiast homemaker who lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
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