Curtains help block out sunlight and also gives some privacy to households. The variety of colours and textures of curtains help play up the décor and design of the home which also causes confusion for buyers. With these tips, curtain-buying shouldn’t be too confusing!
1. Think of fabric
The fabric of a curtain is important because it affects its durability. A heavy fabric will also not fold well when they are drawn. If it’s too light, the fabric may not fall well against the window and may create awkward shapes.
To test how well a curtain falls, pleat it like an accordion or paper fan at the top and let it drape. If it flares like a crinoline, it’s not going to drape well against the windows. It’s also best to work with a large sample, at least 2 yards, because a small piece may not show how the fabric actually drape.
Fabrics that hang best are linen, silk, faux silk and velvet. Another important thing to note is that faux silk is much more durable than real silk.
2. Think about the colour choices
If doing laundry has taught us anything, is that the sun will fade the colour of fabrics. The same goes for our curtains. Thus, if the room faces more sunlight than the other rooms, it’s best to choose darker colours than lighter colours as lighter colours will fade faster. The safest colour option is the neutral colours and it usually blends well with the other décor in the house.
3. Think about the length of the curtains
To give a sense of height to the room, hang the panels higher than the window. Designers usually hang curtains about 6 inches above the window frame. If you like more drama, hang it even higher!
For a traditional look, let the curtain slightly gather on the floor. For this, you’ll need to add another two or three inches to the fabric.
For a modern and crisp look, have the fabric fall flush with the floor.
To make sure you have the right amount of fabric to cover the windows, add four to eight inches to both sides and double the total number. According to a designer, this measurement ensures the curtain won’t block a lot of window glass when the curtains are opened and it won’t get in the way.
4. Finally, how are you going to wash it?
Another important aspect to consider is how you’re going to wash the curtains when the time comes? Can the curtains be washed in the washing machine or must it be dry-cleaned? It’s important to figure this out so you don’t accidentally ruin high-quality curtains!