Window treatments play a major role in the overall look and feel of a room. Changing curtains can be a quick and inexpensive way of updating a room's atmosphere. There are many things to consider when it comes to choosing curtains.
Here are some tips on how to select the right curtains for your home:
1. Select the fabric.
When choosing which fabrics to use as curtains, it is important to know whether you would like to let light in the room or block it out. You should also take into consideration how much privacy that room needs. Thick fabrics help prevent light from entering the room and also give you more privacy. Sheer fabric, on the other hand, lets sunlight in but gives you little privacy.
Your choice of fabric can also influence the overall feel of the room. Cotton fabric with patterns can give the room a casual, even country atmosphere. Silk fabric, on the other hand, can make a room seem elegant and even formal. If you want the room to seem airy and open, then a sheer fabric would be a good choice.
2. Select a colour.
If you are selecting curtains for a small room, then choose a colour that is the same shade as the walls. Choosing curtains of a similar shade to the walls will make the room seem more uniform and more open. This will also make the room appear larger than it really is. On the other hand, contrasting colors draw attention to the window, therefore making it the room's focal point.
If you want to make a room feel cozier, then you should choose dark-coloured curtains. If you want a room to feel airy and light, then light-coloured window treatments are the best option.
3. Decide on a length.
Curtains are usually either floor length or end at windowsill level. Some people though, choose to have curtains that are longer than floor length and allow the excess fabric to gather on the floor.
One thing you should take into consideration when selecting the length of your curtains is whether or not you will have furniture by the window. If you want to place a table or a bookshelf under the window, then you might want to consider curtains at a windowsill length. Curtains at floor length allow a room to look more classy and elegant. However, there will be little to no space for any furniture by that part of the room. Of course, you must remember to stick to one curtain length in a room.
4. Decide the height from which your curtains should hang.
Curtains are usually either hang from right below the ceiling or just above the window. Hanging curtains from right below the ceiling can make a room seem taller. Using curtain rods that are wider than the window can make a window seem larger than it really is. A common option for small rooms is to hang curtains within the window frame in order to use less space.
Curtains are a great finishing touch to any room. Whether you decide on dark-coloured curtains, patterned fabrics or curtains at floor length, it is always advisable to be consistent with your choices for one particular room. Mixing different colours or patterns of fabrics in a room can make it seem messy and uncoordinated.