Finishing touch you have to have
They are the design element that creates mood and softens a space
IN LAST week’s column I discussed the key design features when creating a beautiful bedroom, but deliberately left out arguably one of the most important additions to a room – curtains.
Designers love them because they not only aesthetically transform a room on a large scale but also create mood and soften a space. A win-win.
Unfortunately for consumers, there are curtains and there are curtains.
When considering budget allocation for your home, I believe curtains should be high on the list. The curtains in my home have all been custom made. Here are some of my tips for curtains in general.
◗ FLOOR TO CEILING EVERY TIME: Most ready-made curtains are produced in standard sizes in width and height, which may not suit your needs. Installing floor to ceiling curtains gives a room the illusion of height and grandness, whereas curtains just above a window can have the opposite effect.
◗ FABRICS: Some fabrics can be too heavy in physical weight and in turn will not fold adequately and look peculiar. If they are too light or made from the incorrect material, the curtains won’t fall properly at all and tend to crease (this is a common issue with ready-made curtains).
◗ FEATURE: I personally prefer concealed tracks with a simple box pleat, as opposed to decorative rods, rings and fancy pleats. I feel the beautiful fabric of the curtains themselves should be the feature.
◗ CATER TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR ROOM: You may need blockout curtains for light and privacy, sheers to allow extra light or a combination depending on your room. ◗ PATTERNS: Don’t be afraid to incorporate gorgeous patterns, textures and colour depending on your style and existing space, of course. To create focus around our furniture, homewares and artwork, I chose a more soft and subtle look for our home, yet with added texture to create depth and interest.
◗ MEASURE: Ensure you measure up. Remember to leave enough room to gather your curtains either side of your doors and windows to still allow full view. For the perfect drop, remember to measure the height at both ends of your opening – most homes are uneven so you may need a centimetre or two extra at one end.
◗ CUSTOM MADE? If you do decide on custom made, keep longevity in mind with your choice of design and style. You’ll be looking at them for a long time.
◗ GOOGLE IT: Do your research. Use the internet. Print out images of what you like and what you don’t. Contact suppliers, and if you really don’t know what you want, contact me.
‘‘ Installing floor to ceiling curtains gives a room the illusion of height and grandness
Top left, our guest bedroom before updating; right, the curtains in our guest bedroom now; and, bottom left, the curtains in our guest bedroom complement the bay window.