Hanging curtains is probably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the look of a room from drab to fab. Aside from improving the visual appeal of a space, they can also help control the amount of natural light streaming into a room, not to mention improve a homes level privacy.
As with any decorating element, however, curtains would only be able to do their jobs properly if they are chosen correctly. While there are a number of things that should be taken into account when selecting the right curtains for your home, nothing is more important than your choice of fabric. This material will dictate how well the curtains will function and hold up over time and it will also affect the way the curtains improve the appearance of the room. To narrow down the options when picking fabrics for your curtains, here are some factors you need to take into consideration.
Colour and pattern
As a buyer or casual observer you will obtain your first and most lasting impression of a curtain fabric from its colour and pattern. One of the best things you can do to make the right colour choice is to pick a fabric that is either one or two tones lighter or darker than the colour of the rooms walls. That way, you will be able to carry out the spaces colour scheme to the curtains.
As for the pattern, it is a good idea to stick with prints that will enhance the scale of the room and will not overwhelm it. For instance, if you have a compact living area, stay away from fabrics with bold and large prints as they can make the space look cramped. Instead, opt for pieces that have subtle prints as they will not make the room appear too busy.
Location of the windows
Always consider where you will be hanging your curtains because there are some types of fabrics that do not stand up well with frequent exposure to sunlight. If a room receives a lot of sunlight, stick with fabrics that are least prone to sun rot such as cotton canvas, brocades and chintzes. Avoid using silk fabrics as they deteriorate quickly when exposed to sunlight on a daily basis.
Length and width
Curtain fabrics are available in a wide variety of lengths and widths and can be cut to fit unusual window dimensions. So before you head out to purchase fabrics, take your tape measure out and get the dimensions of your windows.
For the length, decide first how high above the windows you would like the curtains to hang. If you want to add a sense of height to the room, you should hang the curtains higher than the windows. To achieve that, measure from the top of the windows to the floor and add a few inches of height. As for the width, add four to eight inches more on both sides and double up the total figure.
Getting the right length and width of fabric will ensure the fullness of the curtains and will also provide proper coverage when they are closed and will not block a lot of window glass when they are open.