Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to choose the right curtains

Whether you’re moving into a brand new home or simply redoing a room, jazzing up your curtains could be the perfect final addition to any living space. Before settling on a curtain for your windows, consider the hardware, material and window size. 

A large window can benefit from standing out by picking colors that contrast and complement the rest of the room or a softer look can be achieved by choosing a fabric that blends in with the room’s motif.

Get some tips… 

When measuring your window to find its width, remember to add four to eight inches to each side to allow the curtains to stack when you open them. When measuring the window’s height, add four to eight inches to the total length to compensate for the fabric that will be hanging from the curtain rod. 

As most curtains are hung on larger windows in main rooms, you must also take into account the color of the fabric and how it matches the rest of the colors in the room. A large window can benefit from standing out by picking colors that contrast and complement the rest of the room or a softer look can be achieved by choosing a fabric that blends in with the room’s motif. 

The curtain’s fabric also lends to the style of the room - lace or ruffled curtains can make a space feel more feminine and delicate, while curtains made of thick, layered fabric tend to look sleeker and more sophisticated. 

Lastly, most people think of the fabric alone when choosing their curtains, but the curtain rods holding the fabric up also come in a plethora of materials and designs, so you should pick one that fits your room best. A modern-looking chrome rod is simple and sleek, while wood evokes the feel of a country home. 

Your window treatment, be it blinds, curtains or shades, can add an accent point to fully round out the style of a living space, so take your time and choose what looks best for your home. 


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