If you’re considering a new set of curtains for your home, you’ve probably kicked off your research already. But if you’re anything like us, that research has revealed more options than you can fit over your windows! Choosing curtains is a matter of narrowing down your options, and knowing when you’ve found the right ones. Believe it or not, that’s easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve got all the experience you need to choose the right curtains. Here’s our list of handy hints to get the right curtains hanging over your windows.
Choosing the right fabric is key to choosing the right curtains – here’s what to look for
The first, and possibly most important distinction to make is fabric. The variety of fabric you choose will inform a whole range of factors. For example, a light fabric may look nice and breezy, but it’s unlikely to hang very well. If you’re aiming for a billowy linen look then that’s perfect, but it won’t work so well as a straight-hanger. On the other hand, if you choose a fabric that’s very heavy it probably won’t draw in a neat and crisp manner. That’s something to consider if you plan on having the curtains open most of the time. A nice mid-weight fabric is usually the best place to start. Work with a curtain expert to establish how a set of curtains will hang before you buy them.
Colour is the first thing people see when they look at your curtains: make sure you choose well!
Of course, if there were anything more important than the fabric, it would be colour. Luckily, though, colour is much easier to choose. First of all, what you see is what you get; there’s no second guessing colours. And second of all, colours are very much a personal choice. Most people know what they like, and there’s certainly a colour out there for you – it’s just a matter of finding it. If you’re not too sure which way you’ll go with colours, we recommend choosing consistently with your wall colours. That’s far from a rule though; a lot of people prefer a bolder focal point in the form of something bright.
Look at length – if you choose the right length for your curtains, you can lend a sense of height to the room
Length is one of the trickier choices to make when it comes to choose curtains. Our advice on choosing length is to go for more rather than less. The reason is simple: longer curtains lend a sense of height to a room. You might notice that interior designers tend to mount curtains as many as six inches above the upper edge of a window. Those curtains also stream all the way to the floor. As a result, those curtains are able to maximise the feeling of height in any room. So if you want a bit of spaciousness, that’s a tip to remember when you choose your curtains.
Consider convenience – if you want easy maintenance, choose curtains that are machine washable!
Convenience and practicality have to factor into any decision. Choosing curtains is no different. The first thing we think of is washability: are your curtains dry clean only, or can they be machine washed? No one option is better than the other, but it goes without saying that machine washable curtains are more convenient.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a professional opinion – it’s not always easy to choose curtains by yourself
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask the pros. When you’re choosing curtains, your entitled to some professional help. It doesn’t matter if you’re choosing between two good options or assessing a sea of possibilities. An opinion from an experienced a knowledgeable third party will always set you in the right direction.
Are you looking for custom made curtains for your home? Get in touch with NETA Home & Commercial today on (07) 4152 6977.