Your Custom Curtain Checklist
In almost every circumstance curtains do make the room, tailor the look and add that finishing touch – but only when chosen correctly. So how to choose? Well the best way to start is with the basic elements that make up a well designed custom curtain treatment. Fabric type and colour, length and lining as well as the most suitable drapery style for your personal home are the best places to start. Here are a few pointers on narrowing down your options using this checklist.
Window Curtains Fabric type and Colour
Fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. A fabric that is too heavy will not fold crisply when drawn, too light and the drapes may not fall well. Consult with your drapery professional and ask them about what they know looks best. Look for natural fibers as they tend to hang best. Linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are some of the best choices to use for window treatments. Where insulation is important, velvet, tapestry or tweed can help keep out the cold since their weight helps block light and keeps heat in. That being said, nearly any fabric can be interlined with a thick insulating felt material. Interlining, a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric can also help prolong the life of the curtains. If silk for example is unlined it will rot. Lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness.
Sunlight will fade fabrics over time. If the room gets a lot of light, it’s smart to avoid bright colours since they tend to fade faster. Neutral colours soften a space and won’t take away from other focal points in the room. Add drama in decorative side panels that are cost effective to swap out when you are tired of the colour or pattern.
Window Curtains Length and Lining
Keep in mind when deciding where to hang your rod that hanging curtain panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room. Designers often hang curtains six inches above the window frame and for a dramatic look, some go higher. Where the fabric lands on the floor changes the overall effect of the drapes as well. Two to three inches can be added to the length of the drape to create a “puddling” effect. This look is more traditional and is often used to give a luxurious and elegant feel. Having the panels “break” on the floor like a well tailored pair of dress pants gives the best overall tailored look of a truly custom drape in most circumstances.
Window Curtains Style
With a wide range of styles there is something for everyone! Pinch pleat drapes are for the most part traditional, however a cleaner twin pleat or single pleat removes some of the overstuffed bulk of the three pinch pleat and modernizes the look for contemporary homes. Inverted pleat panels are popular for their simple top treatment that still allows for a beautiful, full pleated drape. Ripple fold panels on ceiling mounted glide tracks have become common in modern spaces where clean lines and un-fussy wall to wall treatments look best.
Every room will dictate on it’s own which window treatment is best suited for it. Hopefully these pointers will help guide you when selecting your next custom drapery project! Don’t forget that we customize any soft furnishings for your home, which includes draperies from small roman shades to a home full of window coverings. We consult on fabric recommendations, drapery design, and hardware options and facilitate the construction process through to final installation
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