Choosing the right window treatment can be an overwhelming process. The right window treatment can make a major impact on your living space. Choosing curtain and drapes is more than just picking the fabric and color you like. There are a lot of questions you need to ask before purchase and install one. Does the curtain provide the right level of privacy and brightness to the space? How well do the curtain of your choice blend in the interior design of the space? Are the size of the curtain long and wide enough to cover the opening? Here’s how a guide on how to select the ideal curtain for your house.
1. Brightness and Privacy
Before you purchase any curtain, you need to figure out how much light you want to filter in or out to the space. Take privacy into consideration as well. Curtain comes in varying degrees of opacity from sheer to opaque providing different levels of privacy. A blackout curtains can block up to 99% of light depending on the brands and materials. Some of the blackout curtains can block up to 40% of noise and even save energy for your home as they can trap heat. They can also help protect your furnishing from sun damage. This type of curtain is best to use in areas such as lounge or home theatre due to its properties.
2. Height, Length and Width
Installing your curtain in the correct height will make a big impact on your space. Decide how high above the window you want the curtain to be hang and how much you want your curtain to be covering the window. Standard curtain panels are usually 6 inches above the window frames and 2 inches wider than the window. Beginning your curtain just below the ceiling will give you a more dramatic look and make your window appears taller. Curtain that is 3 times as wide as the window will result in a draped look.
The length of the curtain can be selected based on your personal preferences. If you have a hard time deciding the best length, it can be based on 4 types. First, short curtains such as apron curtains that fall 4 inches below the window sill perfect for windows that will be open frequently such as the bedroom or where the full-length curtain will be blocked by furniture. Secondly, the brushing the floor curtain that falls 1/4 inches above the floor or slightly touches the ground. Next, breaking the floor curtain which the edge of the curtain carries an inch or two over the floor. Lastly, puddled curtain that falls 5-8 inches extra on the floor. Puddled curtains are ideal for low-traffic areas without children or pets.
The choice of fabric is one of the most important considerations to take into account. Your fabric choice will help set the style and play a part in the level of privacy and amount of light in your living space. Lightweight fabric such as sheer let in the most light to a room making it feel light and bright. Medium-weight fabrics like cotton and linen will allow a fair amount of light through and provide you a certain level of privacy. Heavy fabric such as velvet blocks most light giving you a plushy and polished feel. The weight and material of fabrics will also determine how well it falls on the windows.
4. Colors and Pattern
Pick the color and pattern that complement your interior design best. Bear in mind that sunlight will fade fabrics over time. Avoid using bright color fabric for spaces that get a lot of natural sunlight as they tend to fade faster. You can consider choosing neutral colors such as grey, beige and brown as these colors are less likely to fade and easier to blend into any interior design. Neutral patterned curtain will gives you a more subtle style. You can also opt for a curtain with bold patterns to create an accent wall.