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IN LAST week’s column, I discussed the key design features when creating a beautiful bedroom, however purposely 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 they 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 locally by Darren’s Blinds Shutters and Curtains, and I love them. 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 both 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.
Some fabrics can be too heavy in physical weight and in turn will not fold adequately and look peculiar. If 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).
I personally prefer concealed tracks with a simple box pleat, as opposed to decorative rods, rings and fancy pleats, as 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 of both depending on your room.
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.
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.
While I’m all about colours and patterns, 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!
Do your research. Jump on Pinterest and print out images of what you like and what you don’t. Contact some local suppliers, which could be a mix of retailers with ready-made curtains and custom suppliers. Otherwise, if you really don’t know what you want, contact me!
Adding curtains creates softness and elegance. AF TER
Blinds may be functional but add little to the space. BEFORE