Universally, curtains are one of the impactful accessories to change the decor of the home. They are available in different styles, please all personalities and moods and suit every depth of the pocket. They could project a sense of style and add persona and character to a living space. Though considering them wisely is an art for some, it is certainly a dilemma for others.
Consider the basic principle of ‘5 W’s and 1 H approach’ to any hypothesis prime pathway to nail it right!!
WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, HOW are important questions to note, WHEN and WHO are obvious and better unanswered.
When do I need Curtains?
Whether you are bored of looking at the ones hung on your windows or notice a bottle-cork sized hole in the fabric, it’s time to welcome a change. It could also be that you want more privacy in your bedroom or the length of the living room curtain may be too short, the width too long, or you might just want to enhance the room’s décor.
Once you know your needs, proceed to the location of the curtains, where do I hang them?
Understand, every room has an activity performed differently from the other, so curtains certainly must have character traits to match the need of the room. Bedroom curtains may seek more privacy than the living room and kitchens need more airy fabrics that are maintenance-friendly
What Fabrics to Choose?
In the summer and tropical regions where sunlight is abundant, the curtains need not be too heavy. Merely a light filtration made of man-made fabric works just fine and they don’t fade much or look worn out over time in comparison to the natural fabric counterparts like cotton and linen.
Cottons & Linens
Dark colours provide enhanced coverage while neutral colours draw light. These fabrics are cost-efficient &available in a wide range of colour densities and hand feels. Washing machine friendly in cold cycles, but prone to shrinkages. Use them around natural home-setting to enhance the ambience of the room. Ideal for dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. Linens don’t fade much and also have UV resistant properties.
Could push your budget further. Rich in their depth of colour and density. Most are dry clean only, but cotton and silk blends are used locally, which are machine wash-friendly in light and delicate cycles. Best used in a formal setting like dining rooms and living spaces, giving a luxe feel to the room they are hung.
A versatile choice for curtain specialists and brands. Extremely sturdy performance and available in different textured & non-textured varieties. Machine washable on tumble dry or delicate settings. Also, mild dew resistance.
Can fool you if you are a first-timer with its man-made hand feel. It has a good density and light filtration properties depending on the colour you choose. Rayons tend to fray and outsize if washed in the machine regularly. Prefer dry cleaning the curtains instead.
If your home needs a more formal, dense and exhilarated luxurious feel, then velvet is here to accentuate the beauty. Velvet is a bulky fabric and high on maintenance. Work wisely with it. I suggest if your room is huge and you have window panels as big as the size of a wall, then adorn them with velvety rich veils.
Chiffon, georgette, and organza are polyester-based sheer fabrics ideal for daylight filtration and limited privacy.
Lace is more decorative, widely available yet elusive and ornate looking. Hand wash or delicate tube wash for maintenance.
There is a new buzz about 'Black-out Curtains’. If you are a late or night shift worker and need a good night sleep during the day, well then these are the urbanite’s choice. If you have a cinema room and need some glare sealing, then these are worth considering.
Often labelled as room darkening and light-blocking curtains. Available in sustainable and man-made counterparts.
How do I measure Curtains and How will they Hang??
Measure the curtains 4-8 inches more on each end to keep room for a breather. These will help you have enough to cover the windows when drawn and won’t block the windows when open.
Seek expert advice if you are overwhelmed with the plethora of options available and don’t want to do the hassle yourself. We don’t want you to be stuck with excessive fabric meterage, wrong fittings or under measured assembly-lined curtains bought from the supermarket.