The thought of starting a decorating project is exciting or scary, depending on your experience, your budget, your taste, or your time. With such a wide selection of designer drapery and curtain fabrics available in the market making a choice can be a challenge. Read on to learn about these 4 tips for your guidance.
Consider the Location – If the window is in a sunny location, does your curtain fabric or blind fabric need to be thick enough to reduce some of the light? Would you prefer a lightweight material offering privacy but still allow the light to come through? Silk fabric is always a luxurious choice but will rot if exposed to too much sunlight…always interline and line silk curtains or silk roman blinds. Is the window draughty? Heavy weight curtain fabrics or drapes backed with a thermal lining help reduce draughts. Lighter weight materials may still be used but it would be advisable to line and interline them. What is the style of the room? Country home or contemporary? Source: NatalieCanningInterior
Width and Weave – Fabric generally comes in two basic widths: 42 to 45 inches and 54 to 60 inches. Always check out the fabric bolt label or tag to determine its width. Home-decorating fabrics compared to fabrics used for clothing are in the wider width. You can also find some decorating fabrics that are 72 to 75 inches wide, 90 inches wide, and even some that measure 105 or 110 inches or wider. The width of the fabric can affect how much yardage you will ultimately need for your drapes or roman shade project.
Plain, twill, satin, or damask weaves are common ones for decorator fabrics. Most printed cottons are plain or twill weave. For example, satin weaves are used to create stripes in some fabrics, and a damask weave is a single-color, patterned weave. Source: Dummies
Clashing, Contrasting, and Complementing – One of the most important things about choosing fabrics for curtains is the colour. There are a few colours that fit in any situation but many do not. Seeing a curtain that clashes with the colour of the walls may not be a nice view for most people. Fortunately, it is very hard to get different hues of colours to clash completely. When in doubt, one has to go with off-white or cream curtains as these neutral colours seem to match with anything. There are colours that just should not go together though. Source: Ebay
Prints and Patterns – A rule of thumb: If you have large patterned furniture or bedding (or a very elaborate area rug), stick with a small patterned print or solid colour for the curtains. If you have solid-color furniture or bedding, you can consider adding patterned curtains for a more interesting look. For a subtle hit of style and energy, go for a small, neutral print, like dots or stripes or checks, which reads like texture from afar. Feeling like making a statement? Choosing a large, graphic print in a colour that relates to the existing decor is daring but can be spectacular. Source: Realsimple rel=”nofollow”
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