When it comes to choosing fabric for your window treatments there are a few things you should consider, including: color, pattern and style, and durability and thread count.

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You’ll need to decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or to pop. For blending, pick curtains that are the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker, or choose a non-dominant subtle color in the room (a soft shade from the rug, say). A bold color will work like an exclamation point (if you’re looking to add some wow). Also keep in mind that in a space where the sun shines through unlined curtains, the color will infuse the room. Blue can be eerie; pink, cheery. Source: RealSimple

Pattern and Style
If you are using a patterned fabric, it is important that you realise you will require quite a lot more fabric than if you have a plain colored fabric, as you will have to allow extra meterage for the pattern repeat of the fabric. This allows all joins to be made to match the pattern across the which means the curtain. So it falls into the budget category of selecting fabric, as you will need more meterage, at you will spend more on your fabric price.
Stripes – vertical striped curtains give the appearance of making a room look taller and horizontal curtains appear to make the room look wider.
Styles – already covered but does influence the fabric selection, ie chintz for an english country look, cherry blossom on silk for a Japanese theme, if you used them in the opposite way they would both be beautiful fabrics but totally inappropriate for their style or theme. Source: Education.InteriorDezine

Durability and Thread Count
Over time, the sun can damage all fabrics, but silks are especially prone to sun rot. Some of the window fabrics least prone to sun rot are chintzes, brocades, and cotton canvas.
Generally speaking, decorator fabrics have a higher thread count than fabrics used for making clothes, so decorator fabrics last a bit longer. Some of these fabrics need to be dry-cleaned; check the fabric bolt tag or cylinder tag. Source: Dummies


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