You’ve heard your decorator say it many times before: curtains make a room, but only when chosen correctly. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, between the choices for colour, fabric, length and lining, and so on. We’ve narrowed down the options for you to help you select the right curtains for your new room or new home.
You first need to decide whether you want the curtains to blend with the decor or to pop. For blending, a curtain in the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker can work nicely. For curtains that pop, keep in mind that in a space where the sun shines through unlined curtains, the colour will infuse the room. It’s also important to remember that sunlight can fade fabrics over time. If the room gets a lot of light, it’s smart to avoid bright colours since they tend to fade faster. If you want a safe bet, it’s a good idea to go with neutral colours, as they are less likely to fade and more likely to blend into a room’s decor. However, if you are the type of homeowner to change out your rooms often, you might be less concerned with fading and have more freedom to choose from a wide range of colours. It can be fun to rotate curtains with the seasons. Since coordinating curtains with a room can be tricky, color coordinating guides can be a big help. Lastly, if you want full sunlight in the daytime but full privacy at night, another option to consider are blinds, which when pulled down completely cover the window giving great blockout and heat retention. If you do decide to go down the blinds route, consider custom-made ones such as these Roman blinds.
Prints and Patterns:
Here is a rule of thumb that goes for every curtain shopper: If you have patterned furniture or bedding, stick with solid curtains. But, if you have solid furniture or bedding, you should consider patterned curtains. For something bold but brilliant, think about a large, graphic print in a colour that relates to the existing decor. For something a little more subtle, consider a small, neutral print, like dots or paisley, which can look like texture from a distance.
For a formal space, there’s heavy silk or velvet, or for a more practical option, cotton sateen and silky rayon blends. For a casual setting, there is billowy linen or crinkly crushed velvet. Even cotton blends work with any type of decor and bring a fresh, crisp feel. The fabric of your curtains will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. If they’re heavy, they might not fold well when drawn, and if they’re too light they might not fall well. Always hold fabrics up to a window, even in a fabric showroom – you want to get the closest idea of how they will look once they are in your home. Some fabrics can even help keep out the cold. You’ll notice that a lot of hotels use suede, tapestry, velvet, or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. However, linen, silk, faux silk, and velvet are the best choices since they hang the best – faux silk tends to be the most durable. It’s also important to mention interlining, which is a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the lace fabric. Interlining can help prolong the life of the curtains, and are what give curtains their body and fullness. If you choose curtains which require an additional layer of privacy underneath, it would be ideal to get custom made sheers fitted between the window and the curtains.
Before measuring anything, decide how high above the window you’d like the curtains to begin. Something to keep in mind is that hanging panels higher than the window will give a greater sense of height to the room. Always measure from the top of the window to the floor. For a modern look, have the panel fall to the floor. For a more traditional look, say if you want the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you may even want to add another two or three inches to your length.
When you measure the width of your window, make sure to add four to eight inches on both sides and double the total number so as to ensure curtain fullness. This is so you won’t block a lot of window glass when the curtains are open, and they won’t get in the way. Also, if you are planning to use the curtain to shut out the sun, the extra inches around the perimeter of the window frame will also help block out any excess light.
Custom vs. Off-The-Shelf:
There are many benefits to custom window treatments. Custom panels come in various design options, from material to header style. You can also customise the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look. It’s important to remember, though, that these options have a considerably higher price tag than off-the-shelf curtain panels. If your budget doesn’t allow for custom curtains, the best thing to do is spend a little more money on high-quality retail window treatments. Have a look at Impact Blinds and Curtains in Melbourne for some great custom as well as off-the-shelf options. With a little conceptualising and searching, your curtains can become the perfect compliment to any room in your home.