Curtains can make a big difference in a room in setting the tone and mood. Mismatched curtains no matter how beautiful they look make a room look awkward. Most interior decorators will say that the curtains are perhaps the biggest attractions on a room’s walls as the eyes will always be drawn to the source of light. Choosing the rights curtains will revolve around getting the color, length, and fabric right.
There are two ways to hang curtains. The traditional look is where the curtains puddle on the floor, and the modern look is where the curtains are flush with the floor. In both ways, the hanging panels for the top edges should be six inches above the window frame. For the traditional look add 2-5 inches to the measured length including the six inches of the hanging panels.
The width should be such that when the windows are open, the curtains do not cover much of the window panes. You should measure four to eight inches to both sides of the window to make this allowance.
Curtain fabric should be such that it should be folded crisply and fall well to the floor. When buying at the fabric shop, you should work with a big sample at least 1.5 meters long. You should hold it up while pleating it like an accordion. You should then let the curtain drape to the floor. The fabric should fall well to the floor without flaring.
The best fabrics for curtains include velvet, linen, silk, and faux silk. If you would like the room to retain some warmth, go for heavy fabrics like velvet, tweed or tapestry. You can also opt to have a lining on the underside of the fabric.
The fabric’s color should match that of the room’s walls. Interior décor experts recommend neutral colors. They blend well with other colors in the room. Bright colors will fade fast in a window that sees a lot of sunshine while too dark colors would make the room’s mood too somber.
Custom made vs. off-shelf
This is an issue many people grapple with. Custom made curtains allow for taste and preferences. Everything can be customized including dimensions, fabric, color, header style, lining etc. The limitations with customization are in the budget and the skill of the tailor. Customization is a bit expensive depending on the level of customization needed. It also takes time. The design could also come out funny if the skill of the tailor is not up to task.
Off-shelf curtains have the advantage of being quick to install and cheap. Their main limitation is that the buyer has to work with whatever is available.