7 tips for choosing curtains

Curtain selections

Regardless of how lovely your room, it is incomplete until the curtains are in place. Here’s how to choose the perfect window treatment.

Tip 1

Create the feeling of spaciousness in a small room by selecting plain or subtle pattern sheers – this will also add interest. These types of curtains are good for allowing light to come into the room while simultaneously maintaining privacy. This is also what makes this style an obvious choice for the bedroom. Alternatively, you may use them underneath or on top of block-out curtains or layered against curtains with a solid colour or print for visual impact.

Tip 2

Apart from keeping out most of the light, block-outs also help to insulate a room by keeping out the cold. This is what makes them particularly effective during winter. But don’t be fooled! Block-outs are similarly useful in the summer by keeping rooms cool. Besides regulating the temperature of a room, they also block out noise and protect your furnishings from sun damage. (And who wants sun damage on their beautiful couch?)

Tip 3

Curtains or hard window treatments? Your choice must be guided by the overall impression you’re striving to achieve in a room – but keep in mind that in general, curtains are warmer than blinds. This is especially true in the bedroom, where not only are you looking to create ambience, but there is also a need for privacy and light and temperature control considerations.


Tip 4

Your priorities should guide you when it comes to the living room and lounge. Ask yourself; do you value aesthetics, light control or privacy most?

Tip 5

Neutral tones or self-prints create a sophisticated atmosphere. Colourful fabrics and bold textures are a better choice if you are hoping to create a dramatic statement, though, it should be noted that they can make a room feel a little smaller.

Tip 6

In the bathroom, the composition of the fabric is paramount. Moisture is obviously a consideration in the bathroom – you don’t want your 100% linen curtains to grow mould! It is, therefore, recommended that you opt for a 100% poly fabric that is machine-washable. This is also because bathroom windows tend to be small, so choose a plain or patterned sheer to allow in as much light as possible and prevent the room from feeling dark and small.

Tip 7

Don’t forget the hanging rods! Whether minimalist or opulent and gilded, the rods must be in line with the overall style you have chosen for the room.

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