6 Curtain Considerations Before You Buy
Here’s a piece of advice - your curtains can make or break your room décor. Don’t underestimate the many considerations that go behind choosing this seemingly simple piece of fabric.
In order to select the curtain that will highlight and improve the interior design of your home, there are a few main things to consider. They range from the length, colour, fabric, and so on. We’ve narrowed them down for you for an easier time, so let’s get started.
Type of Curtain Header and Rod
What’s a curtain header, you may ask?
It’s the style that your curtain is sewn at the very top, and it can have a significant impact on your curtain’s overall design.
You may also want to think about your curtain rod design. Do you want a glided, minimalist or luxurious style? Whatever it is, picture how it will go with your room’s design.
Believe it or not, the length can also affect the room’s aesthetics. A curtain that reaches the floor will look more luxe and formal. Curtains that are shorter may have the opposite effect.
For places like the living room, homeowners tend to use long, sweeping curtains that drape nicely for a bold and expensive look. Such a length usually goes well with tall windows rather than short.
With many fabric options in the market, you need to think carefully about what you want to opt for. Different curtain fabrics have different impacts, be it design-wise, air circulation, insulation and more.
For example, heavy silk curtains drape well but may not have a tailored effect when drawn open, if you’re going for a smart look. Lightweight fabrics like lace and cotton may not cascade well and look formal enough for study rooms.
Your choice of curtain colour should go together with the general look and feel of the room it’s placed in. If your living room is splashed with neutral hues like grey and white, it’s not advised to place loud coloured curtains that will stand out too much.
What’s more, colourful curtains will result in your room looking smaller than it actually is. That’s not what you want for rooms that are already smaller than you’d prefer.
It’s also good to note that curtain fabrics will gradually fade when consistently exposed to sunlight. To make your bright colours last longer, avoid putting them in rooms that have a lot of light. Neutral colours are good for long-lasting curtains.
Ease of Use
The various curtain materials have different ease of use. Materials like silk, satin and velvet require more TLC and maintenance. That’s because they are trickier to clean since they can only be dry cleaned. That means no more dumping your curtains into the washer and letting it do the work for you.
In the long-run, choosing curtains that aren’t machine washer friendly will also cost more time, effort and money. If you can’t be bothered to always bring your curtains to the dry cleaner’s and spend your hard-earned money there, consider the less troublesome option.
Whatever colour, design, length, texture or more that you choose, make sure that they also are in line with your priorities. Apart from how it will suit your room design, this is also another important aspect to include.
Every type of curtain will have its pros and cons, so your decision should be guided by the factors that rank high to you. Between noise, light, privacy, design etcetera, which one matters most? Think carefully before deciding.