How to Choose the Right Curtains for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Curtains for Your Home

Curtains are the eyes of a room. They’re oftentimes the focal point, being around windows. So when it’s time to move into a new home or hit the refresh button on your current one choosing the right curtains for your home can make all the stylistic difference. The question is, with so many options, where do you even begin?

Here are five tips on how to choose the right curtains for your home.

Fall for the fabric

The fabric of your curtain can feel as light or as heavy as you choose. There are so many styles to choose from—velvet, voile, chenille, linen, polyester, acrylic, silk, rayon, wool, and vinyl. Each one sets the tone for the room it’s in. Heavier fabrics provide a sense of warmth—think winter cabin or grand estate—whereas lighter fabrics feel breezy—envision a beach house or city apartment. When you walk into the room what do you want to feel? That will help you decide on the fabric for you.

Live for the color

Curtains are a great way to liven up any room. They’re the modern-day wallpaper, without the commitment or the anxiety. Much like wallpaper, when choosing the right curtains for your home you’ll want to decide on a color palette—solids, prints, florals. Certain ones, like blue curtains, naturally brighten a room while other colors, like brown, bring the tone of a room to more of a muted one. You can choose a lively pattern or opt for a single color. A good rule of thumb is to match it to the color of your walls first and then the furniture. You might be inclined to switch objects in a room quicker than you are to change the entire color scheme. Keep in mind that when picking a color be very specific. Just like clothing, there are slight variations in color than can complement or clash the design of a room very easily.

Decide on your dimensions

A curtains length can set the tone for your entire home, and act as the eyes to the given room. Shorter curtains are great for lower windows, like those in the kitchen. They turn a modest window into one with a little more flair or an antique-style cottage into a cottage quaint. Meanwhile, longer curtains have a feeling of grandeur. However, it’s a falsity to assume that you need large windows to have large curtains. While long curtains, those that go from ceiling to floor, are well suited for windows of similar structure (you certainly wouldn’t want a window cut off by half sizes curtains), you don’t need large windows to give that same appearance. To create a sense of larger-than-life windows you can opt for the longer curtains and hang them several inches above where the top of your window begins. Your room will look brighter and bigger, instantly. Curtains not only come in different lengths but widths as well. Each curtain can be from 25” to 100” in many cases.

Know your design

The design of your curtains should match the overall design of your home. If you live in a modern apartment don’t go for a rustic style curtain. The design of your curtains should cohesively integrate into the rest of your style so that you can travel from room to room without feeling out of place. Of course, you can choose different patterns and colors in each room but overall the design of your windows should match that of the remainder of the home.

Choose if you’ll want open or close

Rod pockets, ring tops, pinch pleats—what’s the difference? When choosing the right curtains for your home you’ll want to decide if you plan on keeping the curtains open for style or plan to close them at night or when the weather is too hot or too cold. A rod pocket is more of a decorative form to hang curtains and isn’t built to withstand the wear and tear of continuous opening and closing. Rod pocket curtains have a rod through the designated curtain opening, which can easily become snagged or cause the fabric to fade over time. For those who enjoy the look of long drapes or as a means to make their windows appear bigger rods are the great way to go. Meanwhile, a ring top or pinch pleat is meant to open and close with ease—the difference is merely their style more than anything.

After you’ve chosen the right curtain style for your home start to shop within your budget. A lot of wholesale places offer pricing per yard of fabric, which can be cost-effective if you’re looking to place curtains throughout your entire home. Also, search for saving options such as bulk buy or clearance. If you fall in love with a particular style curtain but decided to go in a different direction, this time, it could be a good idea to save that idea for down the line. As the years go on your taste is bound to change. And since you’re already doing the research and shopping around you might want to land on one of your findings in a few months or even years from now. The beauty of curtains is that they are a simple way to refresh and update the look of your home, and they can be done in no time.

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