Let the curtains pool on to the floor!
Curtains can truly make a room although when wrongly chosen it will have the opposite effect – it’s a matter of colour, fabric, length and lining. Here are some of the options to selecting the right curtains for your home.
Colour – Sunlight will fade the fabric over time so if the room gets a lot of light, avoid bright colours.
Fabric – If too heavy, they may not fold crisply when drawn, too light and they may not fall well.
Tip: In the fabric showroom hold the fabric up to a window; pleat it like an accordion at the top and let it drape, If it flares like a piece of crinoline, try to avoid it.
Tip: Fabrics to help keep out the cold are suede, velvet, tapestry, or tweed – their weight helps block light and keep heat in.
Length – Decide how high above the window you’d like the curtains to begin; hanging curtains higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room. Try about six inches above the window frame, and for a dramatic look, go higher.
For a more traditional and classical look try just hitting the floor and for a modern, stylish look try pooling on the floor by one to three inches.
Lining – Interline your fabric with bump and interline with a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric to help prolong the life of the curtains and to give curtains body and fullness.
Remember custom window treatments are just like a perfectly fitted suit.
Ana Aguilar-Corney is a columnist for Heart Home and authors the blog Let's Blog Design. Ana founded aguilarinteriors.com after studying at Inchbald School of Design. She lives in Lewes, a town that mirrors her: quirky with a deep history and a sense of fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. You can follow her on Twitter @aguilarinterior. Read more posts by Ana Aguilar.
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