By purpose I mean: Do you want to block the light or need privacy or both? The answer to this question will help you to select the kind of fabric you really need to look for.
Let’s go step by step to decide the Curtains for your Home:
01) Fabric and Color:
If you need to block the sunlight or need privacy, go for a thicker fabric. If you want the sunlight to filter your room, you can go in for sheer curtains. Also go for a soft fabric for a better drape. You can use multiple fabrics for a single curtain which is called as ‘Mix and Match Curtains’.
On the other hand, choose matching or contrast color of fabric keeping in mind your wall color and furniture. Choose darker color if you want to avoid sunlight. Your room might look cozier but smaller as you go for darker shades. Similarly, your room might look brighter and bigger as you go for lighter shades.
You can have two curtains for a single window: Sheer Curtains and Main Curtains. This can solve both your purposes at a time. If you need privacy or no sunlight, you can draw Main Curtains. And if you don’t need privacy but want to filter sunlight, you can draw Sheer Curtains. At the same time, having both the curtains enhances the look of your room. It looks richer while solving both the purposes.
Blinds can be used as an option of Sheer or Main Curtains. Blinds can also be the solution for problematic windows, or bay / shaped windows. If you plan for both Main and Sheer Curtains, but the space does not allow you to do, you can combine Roller Blinds as Sheer Curtains to your Main Curtains. You can use Roller or Roman Blinds as an option for Main Curtains.
If you ask me personally, I would always recommend Liners for the Curtains. It protects your Curtains from fading due to sunlight, as well it makes your curtains drape better. In other words, it enhances the look, fall and life of your Curtains.
If you want to block sunlight totally, you can go for Black-out Liners. Else you can go for thin Liners. If you are using Sheer curtains as you don’t need privacy, you can go for unlined Curtains.
04) Length of the Curtains:
It is said “Longer the Curtains, better is the look”. So opt for full length curtains, if possible touching the floor. Not only they look good but also it gives better fall. The same fabric chosen will look different in half length curtains and full length.
Choosing proper Heading is equally important. Depending on the fabric, frame space, and combination of the curtains, you can decide Heading from various options. Though EyeLet and American Pleats pattern are fast moving and common in the industry.
Valance is an option if you want to give extra look / richness to your curtains. It can be also called as ‘Decorative Finisher’. Depending on the width and length, Fabric and color, you can select the pattern of Valance.
There are various varieties in Curtain Rods and Tracks. Make sure it not only enhances the look of curtains but also it matches with Headings that you have chosen. Also remember, the weight of the curtains play an important role in choosing the curtain rods.
You can use Curtain Accessories as per your need or to give better look. The most common Accessories are: TieBack, Swags, Eyelet Rings, Laces, Walk-Through Curtains etc.
Hope this blog will help you while buying the curtains for your home.