The wonderful thing about adding curtains to your windows is that there are so many options to choose from. But the downside is that so many choices can become overwhelming, making it difficult to know which choice is actually right for your home. The answer depends on your needs and, of course, your taste.
Real Simple shares a guide to curtains and window treatments to help you pick the right curtains for your home. Here are some of the things you need to consider:
- Functionality should come before style. Narrow down your choices by asking yourself whether you need curtains for privacy and total darkness or simply for decorative purposes. If you need privacy and darkness, choose lined curtain; otherwise, you can go with unlined curtains.
- Choose a texture that will suit the mood of the room. Silk and velvet fabric complement formal spaces, while billowy linen and crinkly crushed velvet are more at home in a room with a casual feel.
- When choosing the color of your curtains, decide whether you want them to blend into the room’s design or pop out and become a focal point of the room.
- When it comes to prints and patterns, the rule of thumb is to stick to solid curtains if your furniture or bedding are patterned. If you have plain furniture or bedding, then choose printed or patterned curtains.
- The length of your curtains should either be just enough to hit the floor or slightly longer, extending an additional one to three inches.
- The width of your curtains should be between 2 and 2 ½ times the width of the window to ensure that the panels look ample when closed.
Read more tips here and learn about where to position your curtain rod, how the heading of your curtains should look, the type of rod you should use, and more.