Success with Curtains
Unless you are about to invite the Grand Designs team around for the building of your new home in the outer Hebrides, window coverings in modern homes are indispensable. We live in such a built up environment these days that without them it’s a safe bet the neighbours will at some point witness your post shower naked-dance-to-the-radio routine and neighbourly chats over a coffee will never quite be same again!
Techniques and suggestions for dressing curtains
Nowadays there are many a method for dressing your windows- roman blinds, Venetians, wooden blinds, horizontal ones, vertical ones, rollers, you can even plug your windows into the mains for instant misting now! But whilst all of these snazzy and jazzy new window treatments are very nice and do offer help in protecting residents from heat, light and prying eyes they still have a long way to go before they can compete with curtains in terms of classic style and popularity.
Let’s face it, curtains are up there with cups of tea and roast dinners for us Brits. Cheap, versatile and stylish curtains are available in so many different varieties. But the trick is to choose best curtains for your purposes.
Take a look at these great tips on how to choose curtains for your home windows:
The purpose of curtains is paramount consideration in choosing the curtains. If privacy is what you are looking for, then buy a heavier curtain with opaque style and lining for blackout curtains to boot. Heavier curtains will also keep maximum sunlight out of reach from the room.
You can also ornate the heavier curtain from inside with different add-ons. However, if you just want the curtains to show your stylish streak, then silky and satin fabric with carefully done decorative work should be your choice. You can use either the tieback option or just let loose the curtains.
The length of curtains is also a mighty decision. There can be varied length of curtains used under different circumstances.
For instance, sill-length curtains are ideal in cottage-style rooms with recessed windows, or with horizontal windows. Similarly, floor-length curtains are just about perfect on sash windows, on bays and bows, and on French or picture windows.
Curtain rods should be ideal and match with the overall style of your room as well as the curtains. Nothing looks as bad in a room as negligently selected curtain rods that look out-of-place in the otherwise well-decorated room.
The rods with a brass or metallic look gives out a formal finishing. Similarly, wooden or plastic rods give out an informal finishing.
Hanging of curtains on rods can also make a big difference to the overall look and feel of the room. They should be hung in such a way as to just about touching the floor – the height should neither be too high nor too low.
Tacks, headings, valances, swags, tails, interlining fabric for curtains, and other accessories all play an important role in enhancing the looks of curtains. You can experiment with the style or follow some fixed designs from a good guidebook or Internet.