How Should You Choose Your Curtains and Drapes?

Whether you are moving into a new home or having a  home renovation there’s one element that is often overlooked but could make or break the overall look of the room—curtains. 

Choosing the right curtains may sound simple, but it becomes a daunting task when you realize that there is a seemingly endless array of options to choose from: sheer fabrics, heavily opaque textile, solid-colored, geometric prints, floral designs, light, substantial, draped look, and tailored look. 

We asked the help of  home renovation pros for tips on narrowing down the choices and picking the right curtains that fit your taste, lifestyle, and budget. 

Fabric

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The fabric choice should be the primary element to consider in your pursuit of the perfect curtain. The kind of textile you’ll choose will play a significant role in how your curtains will look when pleated or drawn back, and how well they would hold up over time. Start by determining the mood of the room. 

For a brighter vibe, opt for light-weight materials like faux silk to let some sunlight stream in; heavier fabrics like velvet, on the other hand, add depth and drama to a space. They also block out light, thus giving the room a more formal and traditional touch. 

Color and Style

If you would rather play safe, you can go for neutral colors since these shades blend easily into the room’s overall look. However, if you want your curtains to highlight the room’s décor, choose a color that contrasts with the walls and furniture, but still have harmony between them.

An unwritten rule in interior design is that block-colored drapes look best with patterned furniture. The reverse is also true; prints give visual weight, so it is suggested to match patterned curtains with a solid-colored furniture adorned with printed throw pillows or area rugs. 

No matter what combo you decide on, the key is aiming for visual harmony–avoiding going over the top and your room ending up like a set on Alice in Wonderland. 

Measurement

The correct curtain length will not only accentuate your room décor, but it could also make the room look and feel bigger than it actually is. Mounting curtains higher than the window gives the room a sense of height. 

Interior designers usually install curtains roughly six inches above the window frame, but for a more dramatic touch, some go even higher. Here are some tips to get the right measurements for your drapes:

  1. Measure from the floor to where you would want to hang the rod. Take note of the height of the rings and the amount of space you want between your drapes and the floor. 
  2. When getting the width of your window, take into account how full you want your curtains to look. For a draped style, the curtain should be thrice as wide as the window. For a tailored look, though, an ideal standard is curtain panels a couple of inches wider than the window.

Floor-level is the way to go, but curtains that pool at the floor are in vogue and add a dramatic look to the room. Then again, if you have kids, curtains around two inches above the floor are ideal, for safety measures.  

Accessories

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Yes, room accessories like curtains look even better with their own accessories. Adding trims and accessories like trims, valances, and pull-backs to your drapes is another great way to add embellishment to the room. 

Lightweight curtains complemented with trims and tassels add a touch of grandeur, while valance makes the room look rustic and homey. Simple pull-backs, on the other hand, make drapes look sleek and classy.

Remember: make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck and the perfect curtains for your windows, so take your time in choosing and avoid shopping on a whim! 

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