4 Steps to Pick the Right Curtains for Your Home
Picture this — you have just set up the furniture, wardrobes and kitchen cabinets in your new home. Now, it’s time to give some finishing touches. You start thinking about curtains. And you realize you have no idea what to select. If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, then this blog is for you.
We are going to explore the things you need to keep in mind while selecting curtains for the living room, bedroom and any other place in your home. We will see how to select the curtain colour and understand curtain length rules. But first, let’s start by understanding the difference between curtains and drapes.
What is the difference between curtains and drapes?
The difference between curtains and drapes lies in their ability to block out sunlight. Drapes are generally much thicker than curtains. So drapes ensure privacy just like curtains but they also block out sunlight. Depending on the room and how much sunlight you want to let in, you can choose either drapes or curtains. Alternatively, you can also choose blackout curtains.
Curtains are mostly made of light fabrics and hang from curtain rods. They are perfect for living rooms. On the other hand, drapes are ideal for bedrooms. With that out of the way, let’s cover the basics of how to pick the right curtains.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Fabric Materials
The materials you select will determine the tone of the design. On the lightweight side, you have sheer lace and cotton. Brocades are medium weight, and velvet is one the heavier side. Choose the curtains based on the amount of sunlight you want to let in and how much time and energy you are willing to put into maintenance.
- Low maintenance fabrics: Go with cotton or synthetic fabrics as they can be machine washed just 2-3 times a year.
- High maintenance fabrics: Curtains with pleats or swags must be dry cleaned. Wool, silk and sheer curtains must be dry cleaned or hand washed in cold water. You can vacuum the curtains on a weekly basis if necessary.
Another factor is the mood and décor. Heavier fabrics go well with traditional rooms and sheer fabrics are best in more minimalistic settings.
Step 2: Choosing the Right Curtain Colours
The colours of the furnishing and décor across the room should sync with the colours of your curtains. You can go with two extremes — curtains that harmonise with the décor or contrast with it. Curtains that complement the shade of your walls will result in a look that’s easy on the eyes. But if you want the curtains to stand out, then go with high contrast colours.
Step 3: Choosing Between Prints and Solids
Once again, whether you go with prints or solid patterns depends on the rest of the soft furnishing in the room. And once again, you can choose to create a contrast by choosing the opposite pattern to the furnishing or you can choose to harmonise. Just remember that prints add visual weight, so it is best to combine them with solid-coloured printed cushions or bedsheets. If you have a more modern setting, then you can experiment with quirky and geometric patterns. On the other hand, florals patterns go well with classic or traditional décor.
Step 4: Selecting the Perfect Curtain Length
Curtains that fall almost all the way to the floor give the appearance of opulence. On the other hand, window length curtains appear non-intrusive. If you have kids running around the house, it is best to stick to shorter length curtains. You can also vary the curtain length depending on the room — the living room can have longer curtains, whereas the bedroom can have curtains that just cover the windows.
It is best to go through the curtain selection process as and when you are selecting the rest of the décor and furnishing in your home. This helps you make the best decisions in terms of matching the colours and patterns.
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