Picking the right curtains to compliment each room in your house can be a daunting task. Although curtains are a small aspect of any home, they are capable of making a big difference! Different sizes, shapes, textures, patterns, and materials all contribute to a vastly different “feeling.” On top of that, the way you hang your curtains can also have a big impact on your room. If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information dedicated to window coverings, never fear! We have a quick and easy guide to help you effortlessly pick the curtains that are right for your home.
I Want My Room To Feel…
In order to make a small room feel bigger and more spacious, there are a lot of curtain tricks you can use! First of all, colour is important. Light, breezy colours will help open up your room, and instantly make things feel more spacious. Fabric is also important when picking out curtains for a smaller room. Choosing a light, thinner material will work wonders in terms of letting in sunlight, and this will help make your room appear to be larger. Finally, hanging the top of your curtains as close to the ceiling as possible and letting them trail all the way to the floor is a great way to make your ceiling seem taller. Curtains that are hung right above a low window “cut off” the room and will make it feel as though the ceiling is low and oppressive.
If you’re going for a cozy feel, the curtains you use will be very different from those you might use in an attempt to brighten your room. Darker, more muted colours will help contribute to a more safe and closed in atmosphere. Heavy, soft fabrics such as velvet or silk ensure that you are able to block out natural light when necessary, and the soft, touchable texture blends well with a reading nook or comfy study. As in any quest to create the perfect cozy room, layering multiple soft textures will create a soothing ambience that invites you to relax.
For a modern look, curtain length can be very important. Measuring out your curtains so that they just skirt the floor will create a stylish, modern look. Be careful when measuring, as a window draping that pools on the floor will create a more old fashioned, antique look. Most modern curtains are also slightly thinner, no matter what material they are made from. A modern velvet curtain, for example, can be touchable and soft without being so thick that each piece of fabric weighs as much as a newborn. You will want to be deliberate when choosing your curtain colours, and pick out something that is fairly light, neutral, and similar to the colour of your walls. Curtains that blend in with the rest of the room allow for different, interesting focal points, and create the more modern and elegant look often seen in show homes.
If you’re going for a dreamy look, you can’t go wrong with the wispy, lacy curtains that are all over pinterest. White lace, pastel macrame, and other sheer materials are ideal for creating a dreamy look, so long as they are not used in bedrooms! If you want to create a similar look in a bedroom, be prepared to make some adjustments so that you will be able to pull a secondary set of curtains over your window to block out sunlight while you are sleeping. Nobody likes a 6am wake up call. (Well, some people claim to, but we don’t believe them!) Once again, you will want to go with a long fabric length as well, to maximize the amount of wall covered by whimsical fabric. In this scenario, don’t be afraid to let your curtain puddle on the floor. The sheer, lacy material will save your room from appearing old fashioned. If you’re not in love with white, try layering some pastel colours such as light pinks, greens, blues, or purples. Once again, you’ll want to hang your curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
Bright & Colourful
If you’re in love with the “jungalow” style that has been popping up more and more in home design circles, chances are you love a bright and eclectically coloured room! If you want to layer colours, patterns, and textures, but are worried about creating a look that is too busy, try the simple approach. Is your furniture mostly patterned? In that case, choose a nice vibrant colour for your curtain to make it pop, but steer away from adding another pattern to the mix. If a brightly coloured curtain still feels boring, try experimenting with texture or colour block options to help spice things up. You may also want to layer a more basic window covering with a sheer fabric in front, so that both fabrics are visible. Bright yellows, reds, and oranges are a great way to add a pop of cheer to your room, so long as they compliment the rest of your colour scheme!
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