The Essentials of Selecting Suitable Curtains

Curtains serve two purposes: ensure privacy and enhance décor. A room would look rather bare without curtains on windows and at times doors. Given the stupendous variety of curtains available with regards to style, fabric, color, pattern and texture, it is easy to become confused.The Essentials of Selecting Suitable Curtains

Some people simply decide on curtains based on the look and feel of the fabric without giving consideration to the fact that it forms part of the overall room décor.

Curtains are simply an extension to who you are and define your taste and enhances the look of the room two-fold. Hence, it is advisable to look for curtains that complement the rooms you are selecting them for.

 Types of Curtains

  • Curtains customized cover the windows with about 6 inch overhangs on all sides costs less and is easier to maintain. You can choose standout design or contrasting color schemes for this purpose. Light floral is best suited for rendering a lighter and airy look to your room.
  • Curtains that start from 6 inches above the windows and fall all the way to the floor give a feeling of luxury and traditional richness to interiors, especially classic interiors. You can pick rich, thick and heavy fabrics with pleats or plain deep coloring.
  • Venetian blinds and Roman blinds: These offer a viable alternative for a more contemporary look with a distinct style quotient.

Curtains for your Home: The Essentials of Selecting Suitable Curtains


  • Silk:  Complete with a beautiful sheen, drape and fall, silks in light shades with floral prints can make a room come alive. Crinkly crepe silk adds texture to the décor.
  • Velvet: Although heavy and difficult to maintain, velvet is nonetheless classy and very luxurious, especially in rooms with rich furnishing.
  • Satin: This is a more affordable alternative to silk with a similar texture.
  • Rayon and Polyester: Easy to care and available in thicker fabrics like light voiles and chiffons, these fabrics are ideal to let in light as well as have privacy. Linen and Cotton: These add a crisp and cool look, provided you choose fabrics that drape well and have a good fall.

Colors and Patterns

  • Patterns: Look for solid colors if you have a patterned room and décor. However, if the furniture is monochromatic then bold floral, stripes or checks are best suited.
  • Colors: Light color curtains are best suited for darker rooms and vice versa.

Extra Embellishments


  • Headings: The top of the curtain that is sewn in loops or a single stitch with gathers that gives the room a more casual or comfortable look.
  • Pleats: Pleats define a curtain so you can opt for double or triple pinch curtain. Although they require more fabric, however pleats add a touch of reality to the room.
  • Overlaps: Instead of one there are two drapes in light fabric that cross each other giving the room a more intimate feel.
  • Swags: If you want your room to look more elegant and refined, swags are the answer. It may use more fabrics but give a nice rich draped and curved look to windows.
  • Scarves: Instead of using loops in the fabric to suspend the curtain you can opt for the scarves style that gives the room a more romantic touch. The entire curtain is looped around the header rod and you can pull it down by the middle for a lovely and intimate feel.

If your room gets plenty of sunlight you might want to provide a backing secondary fabric behind the main curtains to prevent them from fading. Care and maintenance should also be considered while selecting fabric and curtain type.

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