When it comes to decorating, there is one element in the room that is often forgotten, and that the curtaining for your window areas. Most people will purchase curtains as an afterthought, something that needs to go up, a bit of a bother, after all, a curtain is a curtain.
But it should not be so, because curtains can and do "make or break" your decor efforts.
Selecting the right window curtains can be surprisingly complex. If you choose the wrong type or the wrong color, it can completely ruin the design that you have or the atmosphere that you are trying to achieve. Finding the best curtains for your room can lead to a flow in style that will have any professional interior designer borrowing from your idea for future projects. When a window dressing works, it really works. If you are trying to select window dressings for your home, but are unsure of where to start, there are a few tips that will help make finding the right window curtains much easier.
Don't hang the same type and color curtains in every room. This is a mistake that many people make. They find a curtain style, color and pattern, and they put them in every room whether it looks good with the decor or not. The simple fact is each room should have different curtains, unless you are living with an open floor area.
One of the more popular window-dressings that you can find are sheer drapes. While these are wonderful in many different areas, they are not the best style of drape to purchase if you want to have a little privacy in your bedroom for example, since you can see through most sheer drapes. Bedrooms should never have only sheer drapes, and neither should bathrooms for that matter. Instead, pair them with a darker drape or window covering that does just that; covers.
When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of light and this will affect the type of drapes that you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light and this works well in a bedroom, especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sun-rooms that don’t need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.
There are many different materials and fibre combinations that you can use for a curtain, but your should choose materials that are fade resistant, especially if the room gets a lot of light and direct sun, which is common in south facing rooms. Although silks may seem luxurious for a room, they are better left on the pillows and other decor items, since silk curtains will fade quickly and you will be left with dull and ugly curtains on your windows.
While you may not realize it, it is very important to tie the curtains in with the rest of your decor theme. This does not mean that you have to play it safe and make the curtains match perfectly so that they will not clash with the decor. Make sure that the materials reflect the materials in the room, the colour works with your colour palette, and that the thickness of the material works with the feel of the decor. The last thing you will want is a heavy drape in a light and airy design space.
When it comes to the color, you can use the curtains to add depth to a space or you can use the curtains to provide a little pop of color or a statement piece to the room. If you are still unsure how to use curtains, I recommend that you sketch out the window area and draw the drapes that you would like to have, play with your idea, before you go out and purchase them. Alternatively, get hold of a professional and let them guide you.