How To Choose Curtains And Drapes For Your Windows

Whether you’re moving into your dream house or planning to renovate your existing home, there’s one element of your decor that you simply can’t ignore – curtains.  Curtains are one of those crucial pieces that can set the tone of the room. From light and breezy to substantial and ornamental, from solid-colored pieces to bold prints, from sheer fabrics to heavy opaque textiles – the possibilities are endless. With the sheer variety of options for tracks, fabrics and accessories out there, making the right choice for your home can quickly turn into a daunting task. Here are a few quick tips that will help you decide on the various elements:

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1. Fabric

The material plays a vital role in the look of the drapes and consequently, the room. From sheer laces to lightweight cotton, medium weight brocades to heavy velvets, you have plenty to choose from. The two factors that you should consider while picking your fabric are:

  1. The amount of sunlight you want streaming in.
  1. The mood and décor of your room. For example, heavier fabrics suit more traditional rooms while sheer fabrics work best in more minimalistic rooms.

Remember, each fabric falls differently from an elevation and therefore will look different when pleated and drawn back.

2. Color

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The color of your curtains should ideally be in sync with the rest of the furnishings. You could either choose drapes that harmonize with the decor or contrast with it. For a pleasing look, choose drapes in a color that complement the shade of your walls. Alternatively, if you want the curtains to be the focus, pick a hue that contrasts with the furniture and walls.

3. Prints or solids

The answer to this question depends on the rest of the décor too. If all the other soft furnishings in the room are a solid color, going with printed curtains is a popular choice. The opposite holds true as well. One thing to remember is that prints add visual weight to any element. Therefore one way to work with printed curtains is to pair them with solid-colored furniture accessorised with printed cushions, area rugs, etc. You could use quirky prints and geometric patterns with contemporary style space, while florals would suit modern classic and traditional decor.

4. Length

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Curtains that fall exactly at the floor level are in vogue. For a more dramatic look, you can opt for curtains that are longer by a few inches, so that the drapes puddle on the floor. On the other hand, if you have kids, you are better off with curtains a couple of inches above the floor. Ending them at the sill for smaller windows is yet another classic option, but full-length drapes could work equally well.

5. Width

The ideal width of your curtains depends on the width of the molding of your window pane or door. One way to arrive on the ideal width is to measure the frame and multiply it by a factor of 2/2.5. The extra fabric helps accomplish the gathered look on the sides when the curtains are drawn back.

6. Trims & Accessories

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Dress them drapes up or tone them down. Trims and accessories for curtains range from pull-backs and valances to ornamental curtain tracks fixed on the wall above the curtains. Trims and accessories can be cleverly accompanied with light drapes to add richness and grandeur. Valance, the decorative frilled fabric placed at the top of the window,  is an excellent way to add embellishment to your room. On the other hand, simple pull-backs and absence of decorative trims will make fabrics like velvet or satin look chic and sleek. This again will depend on the effect you want to achieve.

7. Lining

Here’s where you weigh the functionality of the curtains and drapes that you have chosen. If the curtain hangs on a window that receives direct sunlight, a protective lining can make it more opaque, fade slower and last longer. Also, two layers – one sheer, one opaque can give you the flexibility to choose the amount of privacy and light you want. The fact remains that a lining makes drapes heavier — so choose wisely.

It’s always best to factor in the curtains while you’re deciding the rest of the decor of your room. Consequently, your decor will be more co-ordinated and harmonious. Let your imagination run wild and trust your instincts. Plan beforehand and don’t get tired of searching until you are satisfied – what you want is out there. Happy Shopping!


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