Important things to consider when selecting curtains and why is it so important in design?
Every interior designer for home says the same thing –
“Curtains complete the room. Only condition you have to follow is to select your curtains carefully.”
- Heavy classic or dainty prints or sheer?
- minimal texture or texture free fabric?
- Dry clean only or washing machine friendly?
- Vibrant colors or sheer?
- Muslin, cotton, gauze, nylon, lace, voile or synthetic fabric?
Sure you are because the choices are endless of curtains, but don’t worry we being in the profession of ‘interiors for homes’ have got your back. Choosing the right curtain for your space can be a little tricky. Here are a few tips and tricks to ease up your work & decide on multiple factors.
Fabric and Colour-
First, let’s talk about the type of look you want in your space, heavier fabrics go beautifully with traditional decor while minimalistic decor goes with fabrics like cotton and linen.
For example, if you see the image 1, the bedroom follows a minimalistic scheme, which uses a white curtain fabric with thin blue stripes at the bottom. Now for the other image where we have a more luxurious & grand look, the velvet curtains are a stupendous choice.
You have plenty to choose from, sheers to lightweight cotton and medium weight brocade to heavyweight velvets. Another is the amount of sunlight you want to stream into your space, but that can be dealt with the curtain liners about which we will be talking later.
If you are a beginner in the world of curtains & home styling, the safest way is to go for colors as your wall shades or your furniture because then you don’t draw much attention to them and it becomes a fragment of your wall or furniture. Alternatively, if you want the drapes to be the focus opt for a small motif design or pattern to suit your design.
Curtain Length and Width-
“The more the better”, hanging curtains higher gives a sense of height to your space and creates a more royal look.
You can also add two or three inches more to the length, creating a puddle on the floor to enhance the dramatic look. (Why should palaces have all the fun wink). For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor. Ideally, people like to hang it 6 inches above the window touching the floor.
- Curtain liners-
Now let’s talk about curtain liners which are an essential part of your drapes, which if not selected accordingly can steal the desired look and feel from the room.
“A curtain liner is an extra layer of fabric added to the main fabric of the curtain to preserve the original color of the curtain.”
They act as insulation and keep homes warmer during the winter months, also make the curtains more durable and protect the outer fabric from sun damage. There are two types of Lined curtains; first, are lined curtains about which we have already covered in the previous discussion.
Second, are the Inter-Lined curtains which have an additional layer of blanket-like fabric sandwiched between the front face fabric and the lining. It makes the curtain look luxurious and drape elegantly.
Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and draughts, than curtains with just face fabric. Ever wondered what home interior designers do? They consider all these minute details while designing & make your home flawlessly gorgeous.
What to look for when buying curtain liners?
If looking liners for home curtains, go for lines made of 100% cotton, polyester or a combination of the two.
Curtain liners are supposed to repel water, resist stains and block the maximum amount of UV rays to enter the space.
Other factors to consider depending on where the curtains will be hung, as draperies in different rooms will have their own needs. While noise and light control might be your first priority in the bedrooms, you’ll need stain-resistant and easy-to-clean fabrics in the kitchen area, where spills and splatters are common.
Protection from ultraviolet lights will be important in rooms that receive full sunlight or for curtains that are made from light-sensitive materials.
“Accessories make everything better.”
Don’t want to experiment too much with the curtain color, fabric or texture? No worries. Go safe & use stylish Trims and accessories for curtains ex. tie backs, tassels, curtain knobs, hold back, curtain rods & many more. These accessories add magnificence & uniqueness to your curtains & to the overall space.
On the other hand, for a heavily decorated room or gaudy curtain fabric like velvet & satin use simple or no decorative accessories to keep it classy & sophisticated.
Pleat and Track-
When deciding on window coverings, curtain fabrics themselves aren’t the only thing you’ll need to figure out. Depending on the windows, drapery fabric, your personal style and how you want the curtains to hang, you also need to select curtain headings that tell how the curtains are pleated and sewn at the top and rodding you want.
- Pinch pleat drapery– This one is an artistic pleating style. As the name suggests, curtain fabric folds are pinched using pin hooks and attached together facing towards the room to create a stylish top section in the curtain.
- Inverse or Reverse Pleat– The pleat is not visible and hidden at the back. If you like deep folds in the curtain you should go for this one but keep one thing in mind that this style suits long & full length curtains mostly.
- Eyelet drapery– The eyelet heading style is gaining in popularity for its contemporary look and low maintenance operation. The eyelets (metal-edged holes) run along the top of the curtain. The even spacing of the eyelets allows the curtain to hand in very loose, soft folds, creating a wave-like effect. A great if you’re opting for a bold pattern as it won’t be greatly interrupted by pleats.
Well, these are just a few common pleat styles you can choose from, for a quick curtain makeover. Now let’s go over some of the rodding options we have. Decorative poles and rings or grommet curtains are good choices for some windows, but there are situations where only traverse curtain rods will do.
Traverse rods have clips or eyes that move along a track embedded in a slot in the rod. The eyes have a small opening for the curtain pins and they’ll run evenly across the rod, with the number of eyes dependent on how long the rod is.
A cord runs through the rod, too, and is attached to a master slide or pulley. The cord extends beyond the rod so that you can use it to open and close the curtains.
If going with traditional curtain rods go for slim rods, they look better than the fat ones. You can look for rods close to 1”, usually rods more than 1” diameter look cheap.
Now when you have decided on the curtain style, size, fabric, print & accessories the question is from where to buy the best quality curtains? Don’t worry again! We won’t leave you puzzled at all. You can buy curtains online in India from DDecor website.
If you are in Pune or want to buy curtains in Pune we recommend following furnishing stores. Here you’ll find a great collection, latest trends, quality material & are customer friendly.
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