Drapery Decisions: Four Tips To Help You Choose The Right Curtains

Curtains add a lot to a room. Not only are they beautiful, but they can insulate and add privacy to your room. With all the curtains out there, how do you choose? Here are four things you need to decide before you choose the perfect drapes for your room.  

1. Pick a texture. The kind of texture you want will depend on what time of room the curtains are going in. If the room is more formal, like a dining room or a living room, you can go with a heavier fabric. Silk and velvet are both great insulators though they are dry-clean only. If the curtains are going in a children's bedroom, a bathroom, or a kitchen, choose something lighter like cotton or a cotton blend. These will be easy to wash when they get dirty and will give the room a lighter feel. If you are concerned about light, sew a liner on the curtain or hang a heavier curtain behind the decorative one. 

2. Find the right size. The higher you hang your curtains, the taller your room will look. You will want to hang them at least six inches above the top of your window. You can go even taller if your ceilings are low. Measure from the floor up to that point to choose your length. Next, measure the width. Add twelve inches and then double the number. That will give you enough fabric to have plenty of fullness, whether the curtain is opened or closed. 

3. Choose a color and pattern. Do you want your curtains to blend in with the other decor? Or do you want them to be a focal point? If you want them to blend in, choose a solid color that is only a few shades away from your wall color. If you want them to stand out, you can be more adventurous and choose any color that matches your decor. Remember that the light coming through your curtains can add color to the room. When choosing a print, look at the other large items in the room. If you have a couch, rug, bed, or other large piece of furniture that has a pattern, choose solid curtains. If the large items are solid colors, you can choose curtains with a pattern. 

4. Decide on a heading. A heading is the top seam of your curtain. You can choose one that has a pocket so it slides on a rod, one that has holes for curtain hooks, one with tabs that slide on the curtain rod, etc. If you have a plain, cheap curtain rod, go with a curtain with a pocket. If you have a decorative rod, choose something that will allow the rod to show through. 

After you have carefully considered these four topics, go forth and choose your curtains. Your room will thank you! For further information, you can read more here.