An Expert Guide to Choosing Curtains for your Home

An Expert Guide to Choosing Curtains for your Home


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In interior design, curtains or draperies is more than just a way of blocking the light entering the room or a way of maintaining a stable warmthness. It’s a fact that a well-chosen curtain has a lot more to provide, to space it is being used, therefore, consider it as any other decorative accessory. And to accentuate the curtains in interiors, especially the curtains in home interiors, one need to follow a few steps to bring out changes in any room drastically.

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Curtains: One of the most common types of window treatment, made of lighter weight fabric compared to drapes and are available in many different styles, colors, and patterns.

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● Draperies: They are similar to curtains but are made of heavier fabric. And are available in many different styles, colors, patterns and styles such as the lined drape and pleated drape styles. They also come along with a string or rod pull, so they can be easily opened and closed.

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● Sheer: They are lightweight curtains made from sheer fabric and does not provide much privacy or block out the light.

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● Shades: A shade is of the same width of that of a window, which is attached to a rod that allows the shade to be lifted up and down with a roller system.

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Things To Consider While Choosing Curtains For Home

1. Color: Opt for light-colored curtains window such as whites, off-whites, beige, smokey gray either in solids or light prints, depending upon the color of the room for a relaxed look, as it creates an illusion of more space that too in style. Whereas, in a large room, dark-colored curtains can be used to create a very dramatic look. Be it a double-height living room or a grant master bedroom suite, these spaces are all perfect for those classic deep dark drapes. Moreover, subtle prints in the deep solid color base would add both depth and color to the room.

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2. Fabric: Go for sheer curtains in small rooms. The sheer curtains will provide a breezy feel, allow light to enter and at the same time exhibit a luxurious feel. And when it comes to larger spaces opt for curtains or drapes instead of sheer curtains or team curtains and sheers, curtains and draperies or curtains and blinds together, in either subtle or bold prints or solid colors as it will add layers to the window, which would make the room look cozy. But while choosing curtains for living room, where the TV is placed facing the window, make sure to opt for blackout drapes as they have heavy lining and could entirely block light from entering.

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3. Lines: Mostly small rooms comes along with low ceilings, in such cases go ahead with vertical patterns or textures, as it adds height to the room. And opting for curtains with horizontal patterns or textures in larger space would help in shrinking down the height.

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4. Blend It In: Choose curtains in the same color or a slightly lighter shade than the walls, to provide uniformity in tiny rooms. Whereas do not shy away from using contrast colors and patterns in both subtle and bold form in medium-sized to a large room, depending upon the size. That is, the larger the room gets, the bolder the patterns get!

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5. Length: Opt for the ceiling to floor length curtains, as it draws the eyes upwards along the entire length of the curtain, even this helps in creating an illusion of height in small rooms.

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6. Rod Length: A rod shouldn't end just right over the windows, it should be of maximum width, extended on either side as it makes the window look larger as well as allows more light to enter the room.

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7. Curtains Rods Decor: Choose a curtain pole that suits the style of the room. That is, opt for simple straight and sleek curtain rods in small rooms and mix plain vibrant colored curtains in medium to large sized room with a more decorative pole.

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With all these details homeowners would know how important is it to pay attention to the curtains, as it can not only bring the welcoming feel or comfort but also pours in character and personality. Moreover, it should look good both during the day as well as the night light. Hence, paying attention to the overall design of the room is essential along with the color, texture and pattern for the curtains. As doing so will only lead you towards a space that shouts out grace and elegance!

Lastly, take a read of the most important Window Covering Dilemma - Blinds vs. Curtain

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