Recently, my master bedroom got BEAUTIFUL new curtains. And I realized there is a whole lot that goes into choosing curtains for a room. Curtains, although they mostly play a supportive role in the beauty and comfort of our homes, have a role to play. There are so so many options for adorning our windows. So today we will talk about 10 rules for choosing perfect curtains.
Let’s look at some simple things to do that add up to perfect curtains for the rooms in your home!
THINK ABOUT USE
We need to be realistic about how we use the curtains in our home.
Are your curtains going to block out light or your neighbor’s trash cans? Do you like the way curtains filter light into a room? Are they only to add lots of beauty and interest to a room? Are your curtains close to a door or any traffic patterns in your home? Will you pair curtains with blinds or shades? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself before buying any curtains.
Although most of us want to get to the fun decisions like style and fabrics we need to do our homework and think about how we will use curtains we choose! We want the curtains in our homes to be fabulous AND functional!
There are soooooo many styles of curtains literally a click of the computer away, right? Do you like floor length curtains? Full curtains? Tab curtains? Pinch pleats? Are you going for a formal look or a casual one? Are your curtains playing a supportive role in a room or are they a stand-out focal point?
Think about how a pair of curtains will work with the rest of the room. This is a good starting point when thinking about the style we should choose.
Ask yourself these things…
- will the curtains enhance the style of the entire room
- will they make the room look bigger (yes they can)
- will the curtains make too little of a difference
- will the curtains make too much of a statement
- will my eyes be drawn to the curtains
- will they be a nice backdrop for the rest of the furnishings
I adore fabric! Even when it comes to choosing the right curtains for my home choosing the right fabric can be a bit harrowing! Here at StoneGable curtains are considered a supporting role in a room so I keep them very subtle. And I like curtains to frame my windows. Nothing too flouncy. So I stay pretty neutral in color and tailored in style.
How about you? If you like your curtains to show up and get noticed then go for it! Just make sure they work with the colors and motifs in the other fabrics in your room.
Do you like sheer fabrics? Heavy fabrics, brocades, burlap, linen, cotton, and on and on. Do yourself a favor, and get plenty of samples before you take the plunge! There are probably lots of fabric options that would work in any room!
If you like fuller curtains make each panel three times the width of the window they will adorn. If you like a more casual look make each panel two times the width.
The sheer curtains above were an easy-peasy diy project. If you like them you can make them too. Click HERE to see how I made them.
Hardware can be much of an afterthought when we are talking about curtains. But it shouldn’t be at all! What holds curtains on the wall is important.
Ask yourself what color/finish do you want curtain hardware to be? What kind of rod do you want to use? What will hold the curtains on the rod? Do you want to make a statement with the curtain rods or let them go as unnoticed as possible? How far from the wall do you want the curtains to be hung? Do you want custom made curtain rods? Will you use finials or have rounded corner rods that hug the wall?
Another thing to be aware of is how long the curtain rods need to be for the window and the wall space you have on either side of the window for your curtains to hang.
The answer to these questions will determine what curtain rod will work best for you and what the price point of the rods will be.
The length of a curtain depends on the kind of curtains you choose.
Here are a few guidelines…
- short curtains should be hemmed to so they just skim the windowsill
- long curtains can brush the floor, break the floor (have a small bend in them at the hem), or pool on the floor a couple inches or more.
Make sure you know the exact curtain length you will need. Measure the window and wall area for the curtains before buying!!!!!
Curtains that are hung high make a room look taller and more elegant.
My best advice is to hang curtains as high as you can and as long as you can make them. “Hang em’ high and swing em’ low!”
Throw out everything else you have read about how to hang curtains. Here’s the best tip. Place curtains for one window on a rod and manually put them where you want them to go. Make sure the curtains follow the guidelines above for height and length. When they are perfect for you mark the spot to hang your rods. Use these measurements for any other curtains in the same room as long as the windows are the same size.
Really, you never know exactly how the curtains will look until you hang that first one. Make sure it is perfect!!!!!
In years past there was an adage to never wash curtains but let them rot on the windows. YUCK!!!! Seriously!!! Yes, those were the days of heavy drapes and lots of embellishing windows. Those days are long gone. Now if you know how to care for your curtains you can clean them yourself or have them professionally cleaned and looking as good as new!
Save any cleaning instructions! Vaccum curtain regularly and while you are at it also vacuum your window sills and molding. Wash your curtains when they get dirty.
Curtains get grimy and attract grease and dust and more so you might want to think of giving them a good washing every 6 months or so.
I can’t wait to share the curtains chosen for the master bedroom. You can see the plans HERE for now and look for the master bedroom reveal coming in late May!
Now, you can choose those curtains you’ve had your eye on with confidence. Or you might want to take a look at the curtains you already have and rethink them!
Do you have a tip for choosing the perfect curtains? We’d love you to share!
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