What to do and what to avoid when hanging curtains

Curtains have a double function. Besides their ability to offer protection and shade during the sunny summer days and mornings, they also have a decorative function. The curtains can really change the aspect of a room. They are often used to add color and texture to a certain space. This means you have to be extra careful when choosing the fabric, texture and color. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.

As we’ve already mentioned, the curtains have a big impact on the entire room décor. They take up a large amount of visual space so it’s not easy to choose the right curtains for your home. So take as much time as you need. Don’t rush the decision because you might regret later. Think long about the texture and the color of the curtains and explore multiple options before making a decision.

The size is also very important. So don’t try to save some money by choosing smaller curtains because it’s not a good idea and there now are available a range of curtains.Curtains need to be at least double the width of the window. They also need to be long enough. So make sure your measurements are correct and that you have made the right decision before buying the curtains.

If you want the curtains to be more than just a beautiful decoration for your home, you should also think practically. The fabric, the texture, pattern and the color are all very important but so is the lining. For example, a basic cotton lining provides protection while still allowing some light to filter through. But if you’re looking for something that’s better insulated in order to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, a more insulating lining is the answer.

Pay great attention to the fabric. It can make a big difference in your room. Each type has is own characteristics. For example, cotton is easy to clean and is also very versatile and adaptable to most interior decors. Velvet has a more sophisticated and luxurious look but it can also look heavy so it’s not suited for all the rooms. Sheers are the opposite of velvet. They’re light and delicate but they don’t provide much privacy.

Finally, the hardware can turn out to be just as important as the curtains themselves. So don’t forget about this part. Make sure the curtain rods and finials match the fabric. This means that velvet curtains need larger rods while sheets can sit on lightweight rods. The hardware also needs to fit into the rest of the room. The finish and style are thus also important.

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Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on October 23rd, 2012


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