Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The balance of textures and colors decide the ambiance and character of any room. A mix of rough and smooth textures in a harmonious color scheme can create just the right ambiance.
When it comes to textures, using furniture upholstery, fabric draperies and other soft furnishings can soften a room’s hard edges.
Massive furniture, solid pieces and the flat walls of the room itself lend an unwelcoming vibe without the softness of drapes. Curtains are a great way of adding a touch of softness to any room. Choose rich hues or fancy patterns to evoke an exciting point of interest.
Decide whether you want your curtains to be the focal point or a subtle style addition to a room. The concept of contrast is key to creating a great focal point.
Consider the color of your walls and other major pieces in the room. If you have an all-neutral color palette, any accent color will do.
Vibrant hues evoke a fresh and cheery feel, whereas deep shades lend a more formal atmosphere. On the other hand, you can achieve a subtle blending of your curtain color to your room by using your wall color in a slightly darker shade.
You may also pick up a non-dominant and subtle color in your room and bring it to your curtains.
Patterns work in the same way as colors. Small prints are subtler as they tend to look like texture when viewed from a distance.
On the other hand, larger patterns create graphic impact and may serve as a brilliant accent feature. The most basic way to create a well put together room is to mix and match fabrics for curtains, throw pillows and upholstery. Choose similar hues and patterns, and allow for some ‘white space’ between bold patterns to avoid a too-busy look.
Mounting your curtains
According to Domino: The Book of Decorating, “A no-fail fabric formula for generous coverage is to order at least one and a half to two times the width of the window.” Curtains generally look better when full, rather than skimpy.
You should also consider an allowance of six to eight inches past the window frame on both sides. The usual placement of a curtain rod is at four inches above the window frame. However, you may also mount your curtains higher to give the illusion of height.
Similarly, having more allowance on both sides of the window frame will make your window appear wider.