How to Choose Drapes and Curtains

Apart from blocking out light and helping to insulate your home, properly chosen drapes and curtains can also complement existing furnishings, add a splash of color or even create a focal point. Although it’s a matter of personal taste, there are some general rules to keep when it comes to choosing the most appropriate window covering for a particular room.

Kitchen curtains in particular, should be chosen with care. If you have a small kitchen or window, light curtains that don’t make the room appear even smaller are ideal. You should also consider choosing curtains that don’t clash too much with the existing color scheme, that are fire resistant and can be cleaned easily if they¬†custom draperies collect grease splashes or are discolored by smoke.

As far as the other rooms in your house are concerned, a good general rule is to use light colored drapes and curtains in a dark room; and dark coverings if the tone of the room is light. If you are unsure of what color curtains to use, match the color to that of the largest piece of furniture in the room. If you have patterned wallpaper or carpet, again make sure that the curtain pattern doesn’t dominate too a lot – unless you want that effect.

The material chosen is also important – a thick material such as velvet will add an undeniably elegant look to any room, as well as help to insulate against cold and outside noise. Lighter material, such as cotton doesn’t insulate well, but can help to create a lighter and more open feel and is ideal for use during warmer months.

Drapes and curtains, when chosen and used effectively can help to transform any room in your home. It’s worth taking the time to choose the material and design that is just right.