Curtains. Now they might not be the centre point of many of our homes, but they stand out like a sore thumb if they don’t suit the space or your needs. Here’s how we think you should go about choosing the right curtains for your home to avoid making an expensive mistake.
1. Privacy & Lighting- It’s vital to consider how much light you need to filter in or out. Maybe you’ve got a streetlight outside your bedroom window in which case you’ll need to consider a heavier fabric or blackout lining to ensure a good nights sleep. For common spaces such as a living room, opt for a lighter fabric to let light into the space but still allow for privacy.
2. Measuring Up- When measured and mounted correctly, curtains will enhance your décor and make the space look bigger. You need to consider a number of things when measuring for a new set.
-Measure from the rod to the floor, factoring in the height of the rings or hanging hardware as well as how much space you want between the bottom of the curtain and the floor.
-When measuring the width of your window you need to consider how you want the finished look to be. For a draped look the curtain should be 3x the size of the window but for a tailored look you should aim for each curtain panel to be 5cm wider than the window.
3. Material Choice-You should put a lot of thought into your fabric choice as it will completely change the finished look and therefore your room. For a light, airy look, opt for a natural, light-coloured material such as linen or cotton. Darker, heavy fabrics like velvet or suede will help to block out more light and give a more formal look and feel.
4. Style- Finally, it’s important to consider the style of your curtains to complement your décor. Incorporate a shade from your colour scheme whether that’s a solid colour or patterned fabric which will stand out and make a statement. If your overall look is subtler, opt for a neutral colour or pattern.
Our interiors team are armed with decades of experience to aid you in making decisions on all things curtain-related. We also offer free advice and measuring service to guide you through the process, pop in or give us a call to see how we can add the finishing touches to your home!