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Choosing curtains

Looking for a way of giving your room a facelift? Then invest in a new pair of curtains or blinds for an instant update.

Choosing the fabric

Choosing the fabric

There are thousands of curtain fabrics to choose from and which one you select will depend on your personal taste.  However, there are certain things to bear in mind when choosing your fabric and style of your curtains. 

Headings

Eyelet styles are very popular, these give a sleek contemporary look and hang from a pole.  If you prefer a more traditional look opt for a triple pinch pleat heading.  Pelmets are also back in fashion – a flat upholstered pelmet either in a matching or coordinating fabric looks stylish in a contemporary or traditional setting.  For a contemporary look layer your window treatments for example, combine a roman blind with curtains or voiles.

Linings

Lined curtains always drape better than unlined curtains and would always be recommended.  If you are using a silk or faux silk fabric, interlining is also advised as it enables them to drape beautifully.  Choose a thermal lining or interlining if you need to keep out the draughts.  To ensure a good night’s sleep blackout lining is great for bedrooms, especially children’s.  To make a statement consider lining your curtains with a coloured or striped lining, this will look very stylish and create a truly bespoke finish.

 

Long or short

Long or short

This is a matter of personal choice.  Full length curtains will look more luxurious but you need to be careful if you have a radiator under your window as they can block the heat when drawn across.  Sill length or just below the sill may be a more practical solution.

 

Working to a budget

Working to a budget

As nothing looks worse than skimpy curtains with not enough fabric in them if you are working to a budget it is better to choose fabric which is less expensive so that you can have enough of it to drape nicely rather than a smaller amount of a really expensive fabric which will give you skimpy curtains.  However, if you can’t resist the expensive fabric you could also consider having a roman blind instead of curtains.  Blinds are right on trend and look very smart.

Finishing touches

Trims can be added to curtains or pelmets for a unique look.  You could also add tie-backs, these could either be in the same fabric or there are many other designs to choose from.  Poles also come in many finishes from wood to chrome with different finials – select one to suit your style and room.

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