Choosing the Perfect Curtains
Updated: Mar 31
There are lots of different options available for dressing windows. Today I am concentrating on curtains, and below I have compiled a short guide of things to consider before you make an investment.
The first thing to consider are the practicalities. How big is the window? How much room is available for when the curtains are stacked back? What is the function of the room? Do you need them to be blackout? Are you overlooked and requiring privacy? Or, is there a pretty view to be framed? Is the window an unusual shape?
Once the practical questions have been taken into account it is then time to think about the aesthetics. In doing this, think about the overall style of your home, is it a period property, country cottage or more contemporary?
Here I shall run through the different types of curtain headings and where they are most suited.
Double or Triple Pinch Pleat
A more formal heading, works best in a bedroom or living room as a full length curtain.
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Suited to both contemporary or period homes, this heading gives a neat finish much like a row of pencils. Works well as short curtains or full length.
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This soft and relaxed heading is best suited for a more traditional country setting or children's bedroom.
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A contemporary heading, ideal for when there is limited space for stack back. Suitable for full length curtains.
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Another contemporary heading which is also ideal for when space is limited for stack back. Works beautifully with any light to medium weight fabric but especially a voile fabric on large bifold or sliding doors. Suitable for a full length curtain, just off the floor to maintain the wave fold throughout.
Another consideration is how to line the curtains. If light is an issue in bedrooms then opt for blackout lining. For those who are really troubled by light then consider adding a pelmet to avoid light from seeping out from the top of the curtains.
For a more opulent look then have your curtains interlined, as this will bulk out your curtains making even a budget friendly fabric look expensive.
However, if you are looking to achieve a more relaxed, soft & floaty look, then a standard lining or no lining at all is best.
The choice of fabric that is available is endless!
On a practical note, take into account how much direct sunlight will come through, as this can have an adverse effect on some fabrics, particularly silks. Linen is naturally beautiful, but it can have a tendency to crease, therefore, if this would be bothersome for you then opt for a man-made linen look instead.
There is no denying that having handmade, made to measure curtains is an investment. However, having said that, it is an investment worth making as they will stand the test of time. Therefore, whilst taking into account the overall style of your room and home as a whole, choose a fabric that you really love and that you won't get bored of!
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this blog, and if you are looking to invest in a new pair of curtains and need further advise then I would be delighted to hear from you.