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A Guide to Choosing Curtains and Blinds: Styles, Suitability and Fabric Choices

Curtains and blinds are an integral part of the interior design process. Apart from having a practical use (keeping a room warm in the winter, cool in the summer) they can turn a ordinary room in to something extraordinary. Take a look at the examples below of the same room with and without curtains:

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What style of Curtain?

This primarily depends on the style of the room itself - are you going for a contemporary or more traditional look? This, however, does not have to follow the style of the house. A contemporary look can work well in a period property as can a more traditional look in a modern home. See the examples below:

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For a more contemporary look there are an array of options from the choice of pole to the way they are hung (pencil pleat, eyelets etc). For a more traditional look think of using tiebacks as a key feature and having the curtains "puddling" on the floor rather than finishing at floor length. Whatever your look I would recommend never finishing at window height, always go down to the floor. If the window means you can not do this instead opt for blinds (see below for more help on choosing the right blinds for your room).

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What style of Blind?

Blinds are a feature in their own right varying from Roman blinds to the very practical blackout roller blinds. Sheer roller blinds are also perfect for privacy without blocking out light yet simultanously preventing harmful UV rays from spoiling funriture.

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Layering also works well. Think of sheer curtains or blinds behind another set of curtains:

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Choosing the size curtain or blind:

The rule of thumb is as follows; to give a room an appearance of height place your pole as high as you can (perhaps consider using a pelmet to disguise this fact); to add width ensure the curtains when open stop short of the window itself (this is also a valuable trick if your room is lacking in natural light).

Always be generous with your curtain width, this will add a luxiourious feel to the room (even with sheer curtains) as will interlining your curtain with bonding.

Choosing the right fabric:

Fabric choices are almost endless. Think from a practical perspective when making your choice. What is the room used for? What time of day? Do you want to add a feeling of warmth or coolness?

Heavy velvets, chenilles and tartans are all perfect for creatinga feeling of warmth and are best suited to dining room and more traditional living rooms as well as to north facing rooms. Linens and cottons give a feeling of airiness as well as coolness and are pefect for south facing rooms, bedrooms and conservatories. Satins and silks also work well in bedrooms that require a more luxurious feel that are perhaps a bit dark or again north facing. Sheers work well as sceondary curtains or blinds so as to create privacy and filter sunlight. Just remember not to use heavy facrics in kitchens or bathrooms as they will absorb moisture and eventually becomre mouldy. Here are some different fabric examples in different uses:

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Thanks for reading!

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