The 101 On Choosing The Perfect Curtains

Adding soft textures to stiff walls always make a room look better. Curtains usually stay up in your house for a very long time, so how do you select one that’s going to last through different occasions? (for at least a few months anyway). There’re so many choices to choose from – fabrics, colours, length, lining – each can make or break how your room looks and feel at the end.


Going through the elementary of what makes a curtain can help you get to grips with what you should consider when choosing the perfect match for your room’s interior design scheme:

1. Look At The Fabrics

Your choice of fabric will determine how well your curtain functions and how long it can last over time. Think about what the room is used for and what mood you want to evoke in the space. Is it a formal space or a laid back area?

If you choose fabrics that are too heavy, they might not fold neatly when drawn, and if they are too light, they wouldn’t fall so well either.

Cotton  is the most common fabric for curtains and works with many types of décor. But before you settle with it, ask your curtain supplier or interior designer on some other fabric choice that you can use for your home.


2. Choose Colours Wisely

Since curtains are usually added as one of the finishing touches to a room, the colours you choose can either lighten up the space or bring the mood down.

You can play around when matching colours to your room in many ways – keep it neutral, colour-coordinate with your walls, or use complementary colour schemes. If you are looking to create a “wow” factor in your décor, go for bold colours.

An important thing to note about curtains is that sunlight will cause some colours to fade quicker than others. Brighter colours are more likely to fade faster in this case. However, it is less of a concern if you are someone who changes curtains often in your home.


3. Lining & Length

There’s no right or wrong to this, it all depends on how you want to manipulate the length of your curtains. To add more height to your room, hang the curtains a few inches above the window frame (interior designers usually hang at least 6 inches higher or even more for the extra drama!).

For a more traditional look, add another few inches to the bottom of your curtain’s length and leave it slightly on the floor.

If you love the modern kind of look, you can have the panels fall flush with the floor.


4. Consider Function

Apart from choosing a curtain based on its decorative traits, curtains also have a practical role to play.

Your fabric choices will either be opaque or blackout type materials, sheer or somewhere in between.

Light blocking curtains are energy-efficient and work as insulators to reduce drafty winds from outside or prevent cool air from escaping the inside of your house.

Sheer fabrics on the other hand, are usually used purely as a decorative window treatment or it can work as an additional layer behind your main curtains to protect them from direct sunlight and give you some privacy when the curtains are drawn during the day.


If you feel like you want to get all wrapped up in those lush drapes, contact your nearest curtain maker and installation company or interior designer  on who can provide all the advice and curtain selection you need to enhance your living spaces (and up your style with the neighbours!) Get free quotations on custom made curtains as well on Kaodim.