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5 CURTAIN STYLE RULES THAT YOU CANNOT IGNORE WHEN SHOPPING FOR NEW CURTAINS

Drapery isn’t just for privacy and drawing at night: a well-selected curtain can add powerful visual design to a room.

A well-designed house with well-considered fabric and drapery options sets a home apart from the rest—while cheap drapery can make a room feel cheap, tacky and even just downright nasty.

Design experts have some rules—shared here—to help ensure that you can pick the perfect drape for your room, giving your home that finishing touch.  We will discuss some ways to enhance the look and feel of your room and also how to change it all together.  Before you can even begin to select a fabric or style, it's important to consider these functional elements first.  

On our upcoming posts we go in depth on colour psychology, pattern and ways to simplify the process of selecting and confidently making the right choice from amongst thousands of options.

 

Curtain Install High Linen Buy OnlineGO AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE FOR MAXIMUM VISUAL DESIGN

The industry standard is to install curtains a full 10cm above the window architrave and extended 10cm beyond each side: this prevents light—and thus visibility—entering too much, while keeping air inside the home for added insulation.

However, the higher the better!

If you install just beneath the cornice, the effect not only looks attractive, but enlarges the space, giving a more attractive appearance to your room.

Small curtains that cling to the dimensions of your window are, for this reason, not favoured by designers.

If you’re installing your new curtain on a track, consider installing it from the ceiling using a top fix track for the maximum design benefits, or going as high as you can if there are obstructions.

 

MAKE CAVERNOUS ROOMS FEEL COSIER

Window treatments give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to this—no matter what kind of window or glass panel you have, you can easily adjust the spatial feel with a few simple tweaks.

Check the width and height of your drapes and compare them to your room side. If they’re not big enough, consider getting bigger drapes.

Colour psychology can make a huge difference, which will be touched on in more depth on our next blog but for now here is one simple tips.  Using colours a few shades darker than the walls in your room can reduce the “cavern” feel, and using puddles on drapes as well as ‘brakes’ for the floor also add visual cosiness.

Extra-thick decorative rods also help to maintain scale balances.


 

 

MASK UNSIGHTLY WINDOWS WHILE ENJOYING THE PANORAMA

Window frames can sometimes just be ugly, but expensive to replace. Simply installing a stationary, yet decorative set of side drapes allows you to look at the view—without looking at the ugly window frame.

 

This is also a great option if you are on a small budget or if you are stuck with bland blinds you wish to decorate. 

And just the opposite if you have beautiful windows you don’t want to hide but still wish to add some character.

 

 

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MAKE WIDE WINDOWS LESS OVERPOWERING

Wide windows let a lot of airy light into a room, but can dominate. Luckily, clever use of panels, hung straight or tied back in pairs across a window can break it up for a cosier feel.

An alternative is sheer fabric used as a curtain material with optional side decorative drapes. Privacy at night can be added with a solid curtain lining on a separate track.

For larger doors consider a drapery wall with ceiling to floor and wall to wall sheers.  Coloured sheers in front of back curtain/lining in a similar colour but deeper shade adds drama and a great visual effect.

 

 

 

 

CONSIDER YOUR NEEDS

Everyone has different wants and needs when it comes to the functional requirements of a room. If privacy is a bigger issue, for example, sheer fabrics aren’t helpful—but solid fabrics do the job.   If you do want to use sheer fabrics for their good looks, a lining or solid fabric behind the sheer (either attached or on a separate track) offers you the best of both worlds.

Sunlight control is done best with linings from 1 pass and blockout coated lining to triple weave, while those concerned with damp issues should add interlining for insulation, which not only keeps a room warmer, but prevents the development of mould.

If you have a gorgeous window that you want to draw attention to, bold and contrasting colours are a great choice. If you don’t, then having your curtain fabric blend into your wall’s colour in a similar shade mutes the appearance of your window. Additionally, if you go a few shades lighter or darker, you can add more 3D dimension to a room.

 

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