Because a window is one of the focal points of a room, it should be dressed with great care and attention. Curtains have long been accepted as one of the most appropriate means of providing this dressing. As functional window dressings, curtains create privacy, conserve heat, and reduce external noise.
Dressing a window also involves establishing decorative schemes with fabrics, and taking advantage of the visual potential of curtain accessories such as edgings, tie-backs, pelmets, and valances.
There is an enormous range of curtain styles and fabrics to choose from and modern developments in heading tapes and hanging systems, rods, poles, and tracks - have made the process of making curtains easier than ever before.
Whether you wish to make sophisticated lined drapes or a simple sheer or net curtain, a professional finish is not difficult to achieve.
Choosing a Style
There are various factors to consider before making up a curtain. There is an extensive range of fabrics to choose from, as well as the style of hanging system, and a suitable type of heading tape. Begin by examining your practical requirements.
Take into account the shape and size of your windows, the need for privacy, and the overall decorative style and colour scheme of the room. If you are at the point of decorating the room, you may wish to base the decoration on the curtain fabric.
Bear in mind that curtains can set the style and mood of a room, and create the illusion of more, or less, space.
Plain and Simple
When you wish to dress a window with a curtain that is not only practical but also elegant, choose a simple heading and a plain fabric with a lining, and hang the curtains from rings on a pole.
Elegant and Opulent
The lavish dressing of windows reached a climax in the 19th century and a range of accessories, such as tie-backs, tassels and trimmings, were introduced.
In a home of that period, the high windows are perfectly suited to elaborate curtains with swags and tails.
Decorative and Practical
If your window is not overlooked, and you do not require the insulating and lightproof properties of lined curtains, consider furnishing a window with a purely decorative dressing.
You can combine a drape with a plain blind that rolls out of sight when it is not in use. The blind provides a practical solution to a predominantly decorative window dressing.
Curtains do not need to be restricted to windows. They can be used to conceal openings such as a cupboard front or an alcove.
Easy to draw aside for access, and ideal as a dust barrier, a screening curtain also adds texture and colour to a room.
Suspend from separate poles, these curtains divide the bathing and sleeping areas within a bedroom.
This concept has many applications, particularly in a studio apartment, where one room has to accommodate various activities.
Multiple Window Treatments
When making up curtains for multiple windows - either a straight row of single windows or a large bay window, you will not only need a large quantity of fabric but must also consider how best to arrange the curtains so that they can be drawn away from the windows.
The most effective solution is to hang a number of individual curtains so that when they are drawn open they rest to the side or in between the windows. This way, when drawn closed, the curtains form one, continuous spread of fabric over the window area.
Advantages of Curtains
1. A Wide Range and Variety
The amount of variations of colour, design and fabric texture is limitless when it comes to curtains, even the mounting styles, the rod bars, and eyelets all have different versions and spectrums to meet the household need.
Another design feature of curtains is the toggle of opacity levels, which are usually made from very light fabrics. Because of the versatility of curtains, they are being integrated into various institutions and structures, such as schools, offices, cafes, and many commercial buildings.
One of the major benefits is that majority of the curtains in the market today are dust repellent and need hardly any maintenance.
2. Good for Insulation and Privacy
Curtains are great for keeping the house warm in the winter months, and are also very good for summertime, as they act as a barrier against dust and the wind. They have certain blackout properties which cuts out the sunlight from entering into the property.
Not only are they good all year round, but they have very good sound-absorbing properties, which makes them a valuable household furnishing entity.
Disadvantages of Curtains
Takes up Space: Curtains are best suited for long or wide windows, This is why you see a lot of villas and mansions have many curtains, not to mention that having curtains in a normal mid-size house will make the house look even more smaller.
2. High Cost: Curtains come at a price, especially if they are custom-made by companies. Curtains, generally speaking, are more expensive than blinds and shades
3. Cleaning & Maintenance: Curtains usually don't require everyday cleaning, but when they do need cleaning, it can be a very laborious and time-consuming process.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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