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Curtains: Learn the Basics to Get the Look You Want

For some people, a curtain is much more than just window covering. It is the main element to form the basis of a room’s overall look and feel. For others, a curtain is a practical solution to add privacy, warmth and energy-saving benefits to their home. Whether your reason for choosing this type of window dressing, the fact is, with so many fabrics, patterns and styles (ranging from traditional to modern curtain models) to choose from, you may get confused selecting the right curtain for your room. Pick up some tips on how to choose the right curtains for your home.

Bring the Window Covering as High as Possible

This is one of the biggest sorts of design mistakes homeowners tend to do – they put the rod in the casing or right above the casing. A rule of thumb is to always bring the rod as high as you can. This will really make your room feel taller and more open, and the ceilings higher as well. If you don’t want to go all the way to the ceiling, then a happy medium is to go between the casing and the ceiling.

Do You Want a Plain Fabric or do You Want a Pattern

If you have a ton of pattern already in your space, it may be a good idea to choose a plain curtain. It is going to just bring in the other colours in the room and not create too much pattern. On the flip side though, if you don’t have a lot of patterns, curtains are a great way to bring that pattern into your room. For example, if you have a neutral rug and couch, and maybe a little bit of pattern on your pillows, if you add pattern and colour in your curtain, it can really brighten up the space.

How do You Want the Room to Feel

Do you want a kind of linen look or you prefer something more luxurious like a velvet? Take a look at the room you are dealing with. If you got a bedroom and it is kind of more on the traditional, fancy side, you might want to go with something that is a velvet or a silk. On the flip side, if you are in a family room that is really casual, putting those materials in there wouldn’t be a good idea. Instead, go for something like a linen or a cotton. Simply said, go with the look and the feel of the room in the material that you choose.

Double up on the Paneling

It is common to see little itty bitty panels on the side of windows and a great designer trick to use here is to order two sets of panels and double it up. This will make your window look bigger and it will make it look full and it adds so much to your room.

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