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Choose the Correct Curtain Style

Curtains can be the focal point of a room and how they are dressed can determine the mood, brightness, texture, proportion, style and feel of a room. It can be important to harmonise the colours used to dress a window to bring the correct balance to a room with regards to both the effect of light from inside of the room and light from outside of the window. A curtain should enable light to enter the room form the outside and not be too wide or heavy for the window whilst choosing the correct colour can also significantly affect the light when drawn. A dark colour curtain up at a window can make a room feel smaller and dingy. 

Choosing the correct style of curtain for a room can begin by considering the type of curtain that will suit a particular room. A more formal or traditional room may be more suited to a Pencil pleat curtain with a more pleated curtain bringing a distinguished look to a room.

Pinch pleat curtains with a luxurious fan effect heading and elegant folds could also bring a more tailored look to formal areas. 

Eyelet curtain headings hung on a pole can bring a modern feel to a room. With wide folds able to show off both fabric and design, eyelet curtains can bring a clean and contemporary look to most settings.

Selecting a colour for curtains can depend on a number of factors. Colour can be determined by the decor in place or what scheme runs through other rooms.  Plain curtains can be the best for a simple understated look. Neutral shades can keep things cool and clean whilst retaining a relaxed feel.  Plain colours can be a good choice with patterned wallpaper and can bring balance to a room with patterned carpets and soft furnishings. 

To make a feature of a window a bolder colour or a patterned curtain can have a striking effect. If a room has predominantly plain furniture or walls a colourful eye catching curtain can bring another dimension to a room.  

The fabric to choose can often depend on the pattern required on a curtain. Heavy curtains such as jacquards and chenille can bring a luxurious, sumptuous feel while textured and silks bring elegance.  A simple cotton material is an ideal base for printed designs.

Portobello Red  (with chenille stripes – can bring a luxurious, sumptuous feel)

California Red 

Luxor (silk can bring elegance to a room)

Darina Red (a cotton material is an ideal base for printed designs)

The proportion of curtains can be very important to a room. Floor length curtains can bring an elegant and tall look to a window. This look can be desirable with slim windows and/or high ceiling rooms. A window can be made to look taller by simply hanging the curtain pole higher as it draws the eye up. 

In order to maximise light curtains can be hung wider than the frame of a window thus allowing more natural light in when a curtain is open and still show the pattern of a curtain off. This will allow the whole window to be seen and can make narrow windows appear wider.

It is important with any curtain to get enough material so that a curtain handles well and is allowed to drape evenly in order to achieve to correct look at the window.

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