If you associate curtains only with window decor, it’s high time you broadened your mind a bit, as there is far more to curtains than just sheer aesthetics.
Although it’s an undeniable fact that, apart from being practical, curtains offer privacy, energy saving profits, and coziness, the wide range of fabrics, styles and patterns can be overwhelming and, therefore, you will have to take some time to reconsider certain ideas.
Let’s see, which type of curtains to choose in order to fit it best to your interior.
This is an exceptional solution for decorating on a small budget and it also saves you time for installation, as such curtains usually come ready to hang from the shop so that you won’t have to make appointments with fitters and makers. What you must consider, though, are the necessary measurements to fit the curtains to your window.
Unfortunately, there is the dark side of buying ready-made curtains. As they come in limited size variations, ready-made curtains may be difficult to match the window perfectly. To solve this problem, it’s best to position a pole to suit the closest curtain size that is available to us. What’s more, ready-made curtains are usually of lower quality than made-to-measure ones, about which we will talk in a second.
When you decide to go this way, you will be able to tailor the style, pattern, material and color to your demands. The main advantage of made-to-measure curtains over the ready-made ones is that they come in more than standard sizes. Hence, they can be adjusted to period or traditional homes, where you can meet areas of different shapes and sizes. With made-to-measure curtains, you won’t be bothered with dilemmas whether you made the right pick or not.
Furthermore, the wider choice of fabrics provides a wider scope of making your own statement in its design. You are free to add extra feature accents, such as more lining, headings or tiebacks – simply put, everything you want to match your taste
While we have highlighted the advantages of made-to-measure curtains, you have to keep in mind that they aren’t flawless by any means. First of all, you will have to wait more for your curtains, usually two to three weeks, depending on the availability of the chosen fabric. In addition, the variety of choices in fabrics and patterns may lead potential buyers to confusion so that they end up with curtains that will become dated, while ready-made ones offer more timeless designs. The last but not least, if you opt for the first option, you ought to come to terms with the fact that it will influence your wallet’s volume more than the latter.
Should cost be te issue, you can look for less expensive fabrics; nonetheless, remember to pay attention to the quality of the service you get from your merchant. You can choose from plenty merchants on the market although it’s best to keep the recommended ones. Always ask for their portfolio and testimonials. If their career remains flawless so far, it’s worth to consider their services.
Curtain headings are the way to which they adhere to the pole or the track. The way you arrange your headings will influence the overall effect a lot. Let’s look at the most popular choices:
- Eyelets: They are aesthetic, contemporary and will match most tastes. They go with regular, even pleats, so the curtain will not need that much space on both sides of the window in order to stack well.
- Pencil pleats: They are narrow pleats formed in clean folds. Pencil pleats are not as structured as pinch pleats but they have more appealing, neatly gathered brink that goes especially well with more lenient rooms like a bedroom or home office.
- Pinch pleats: This kind of headings is made by adjoining three pleats at the very top of the curtain. Albeit they are more expensive than the other possibilities (they are difficult to make), they are worth their price. By using pinch pleats, you will attain more suited finish because the curtain will be falling into soft folds that can be well decorated for a more official look, mainly in the living and family room.
Your curtains will not have that final elegance without the proper lining. Let us examine all available options:
Blackout lining: They will block an impressive amount of light that, otherwise, would breach your interior. If you prefer working overnight, blackout lining is an essential element of the overall layout of the room. One of the most interesting things about blackout lining is that it reduces the outside noise.
If you want to use blackout curtains, you are welcome to have them in more than one area in your house. For example, if you incorporate blackout lining into your living room, you will avoid glare on a TV or PC screen. Should you be a devoted fan of darkness, you may well combine blackout curtains with blinds at a single window.
Also known as voile drapes, they soften the general appearance of a window. They also maximize the natural light that is let into your home, so it will offer you more privacy during the day, should you need it. Since they are not lined, they do not require much room, if you pull them back from the window, so it’s an excellent choice for small spaces, where every square meter is of the essence.
There is a wide range of fabrics available on the market, e.g. cotton, sink, or synthetic materials. This leads to the significant increase in their price.
There is also a healthy side of sheers – they are ideal for people who suffer from allergy because they stop pollen from getting into a room. Unless you decide to buy silk sheers, you can clean them more often than standard curtains, which is also a bliss for hay fever sufferers.
Thermal lining: It’s a perfect way to save money by saving energy at the same time, especially when it comes to Europeans, who are extremely concerned about the use of energy. Since a lot of heat is lost through windows, fully lined curtains can help to maintain the air and not let it escape through windows. Also, thermal lining adds coziness to a room, so it’s worth considering while designing a bedroom, for instance.
Layering curtains give you more control over light and increase your privacy. On the other hand, though, it can also increase your energy bills. Well, nature does not stand the void.
In most cases, curtains and blinds can work well together, as they provide a perfect balance of style and usability. Blinds control light and privacy, while curtains add coziness and are more of a design element in this arrangement.
Despite the constant interest in Venetians or Romans, when it comes to the roller, more people turn for a combo that includes curtains and shutters. Shutters are a functionality wonder but they can be too raw, so adding curtains is a nice way to complement your layout with the additional dose of warmth.
Tips for layering window coverings:
- By pairing curtains with blinds, you can create the illusion of a bigger window or make the whole area appear higher. The trick is to fit the blind about an inch above the window, which should also match the height of the curtain pole, with additional 2 feet on both sides.
- Choose shades that complement one another if you want to create the monochromatic vibe. On the other hand, mixed patterns and fabrics will be ideal for an eclectic appearance.
Although not so obvious on the outside, curtains are a big investment, so such a long-term move, you have to care for more than just color and design. If you want to commit to the chosen pattern, you should take a returnable sample first and test it at home. If it proves resilient and durable, you may freely buy it. Also, look at how the color changes with different light levels.
The material used for your curtains will have the final word on the effect you will create. Linen is beautiful but simple, so if you opt for a streamline, soft look, you should reconsider your choice. You can always consult your objections with your designer or a curtain maker in the fabric shop. After the homework is done, you’ll be ready to take the final step and pass the test from installing the curtains.
In this case, it’s best to visit the local store, as the pattern on a curtain may seem smaller or larger than it actually is. For using coordinating patterns, keep background colors the same. At the same time, keep in mind not to go overboard with a pattern storm because it will make you feel dizzy in your own nest. The scale of the pattern is of paramount importance for dressing large windows. Patterns that are too small will blend with the background while too big ones will make too much on it.
How to clean your curtains?
9 out of 10, you will be able to dry clean your curtains without causing any shrinkage. Of course, the curtains may shrink, but if they do, it will not take more than 5 percent of the overall size. For harder cleaning, you must do it only when necessary and, above all, you should always use an appropriate and recommended dry-cleaner. If you aim for minimizing the need for dry-cleaning, use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
So… Are you a fan of blinds, or do you rather prefer curtains? What is your choice and what made you make such picks?