Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Choose the Perfect Curtains for Any Window

You’ve just upgraded your home’s windows to let in more light, conserve energy and add to your home’s curb appeal. Congratulations! But the work’s not over – now it’s time to make a decision about window treatments.

With so many options to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve written this guide on how to choose the perfect curtains for any window. Consider the following points and you’ll have it figured out in no time:

Function is of utmost importance

Sure, you want your curtains to be beautiful and complement your home’s d├ęcor. But first and foremost, you must decide how you will use your treatments. For example, “If you want treatments that provide privacy or total darkness, you need lined curtains,” advises On the other hand, if you’re happy with some light coming through, unlined curtains are your best bet.

Pay attention to fabric

Lana Lawrence, vice president of Anthony Lawrence-Belfair curtain fabricators, recommends testing out fabrics by holding them up to a window. "Pleat it like an accordion at the top and let it drape," she told Elle Decor. "If it starts to flare like a piece of crinoline, then it's not going to fall nicely on the window." Be sure to work with a sample of at least 2 yards in order to get an accurate assessment.

Choose a style that works

It’s important to find patterns and colors that “either complement those already in your room, or accent them,” suggests Pier 1. Don’t choose your window treatments based solely upon what’s popular or trending. Otherwise, you could end up with curtains that don’t match your home’s style whatsoever!

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