Curtains are functional pieces of fabric that help a room keep out direct sunlight that may be too glaring, as well as maintaining a cool temperature. Apart from that, curtains also offer privacy and protection from curious eyes, and in some contexts, they’re also important for safety.
Choosing the best curtains are very important to the overall look of the room. Here are the aspects you have to consider when choosing the correct curtains for a room.
1. Texture and Weight
Curtain fabrics come in different weights, some are heavy and block out all light, while others are lightweight and semi-transparent. Curtains that are too heavy or too lightweight will look messy and disorganized, so choosing a suitable curtain fabric is important. When shopping for curtains, try and create accordion pleats at the top of the fabric with your fingers and watch how the fabric falls to the ground. Good curtain fabrics will form neat vertical folds and not flare out.
2. Color and Patterns
Bright colours make a room larger, but if you want to help create a cosy atmosphere, darker coloured drapes would be extremely helpful. Do keep in mind that your curtains should not clash with the rest of the room, and you should try as far as possible not to mix two different curtain colours or patterns in a single room. Apart from children’s rooms where patterns create a fun atmosphere, all other rooms should generally have plain coloured curtains.
Direct sunlight tends to fade curtains, and light coloured curtains fade much faster than darker ones.
3. The Correct Curtain Length
Always measure your window length before ordering custom made curtains to ensure that your curtains don’t drag on the floor and look messy. Neither should they be hanging more than 2 inches off the floor. Getting the length right will help keep the room looking well designed and neat. If you’re buying pre-made curtains and can’t find the exact length you need, always buy something longer and then cut off or hem up the access fabric at the bottom.
4. Curtain Width
To get a good coverage when drawn or otherwise, always have your curtains at least 2 to 2.5 times wider than the window that it’s hanging over. The exception to this is if you’re choosing curtains to frame a window or door, and not shut it. In this case, the curtain can be 1.5 times the width of the window or door.
5. How The Curtains Should be Hung
Curtain railings should be installed about 3-6 inches above the upper window frame and should extend wider than the window frame too, by at least 5 inches. This long extension will allow your curtain to be drawn to the side and allow the light in. You may also want to consider having tie-backs in order to keep curtains held back in the middle.
Curtains are often what makes a house, a home. It not only functions to filter out harsh sunlight, but creates a sense that you’ve finally settled into a certain building. If you would like some help in customizing some curtains for any of the rooms in your house, there are always expert curtain makers and installers here at Kaodim to assist you.
written by Michelle Chee