Curtains are so often put down as being less important that other aspects of the home. However, not only are they just as important as things like furniture, but they also play a few key roles in your home that you might not even realise.
Choosing the right curtains for your home, especially a new home, is often a job that gets left to the last minute and is made in a rush to get to the more “important” part of the home design, like which sink handles to place in the bath. We have put together an article on choosing the right curtains for your home, because we believe that a well-chosen curtain will not only increase the enjoyment of your home, but can also add functionality to the most frequented rooms of your home.
First up, we take into account the colour scheme of your home to get an idea of what we can and can’t get away with when deciding on curtains. A house full of warm tones, like deep browns and dark reds; wooden floorboards and modern benchtops, won’t benefit from frilly, patterned curtains in orange and brown. Instead, consider a cooler, dark blue or a colour match to the surrounding walls. The blue offsets the warmer tones around it, and the colour match can hide the windows entirely, if done correctly.
Whether or not to go with a pattern is an interesting debate, as you can make or break a set of curtains with a pattern. Gone are the days where enormous visages of 17th century ships grace the inside of 1970’s, bright orange curtains, and the modern era has ushered in a more minimalist ideal when it comes to window coverings. The thought process being that if you wanted a vista to gaze at you’d simply open your curtains, so why put anything on the curtains themselves? Small patterns are fine on most colours and fabrics, but avoid sweeping realist paintings where possible, as these add an air of the bizarre to your home that you might not be able to shake.
The material you use can decide how useful these curtains will be at keeping light and heat out, so this is a very important aspect to decide on. Browsing through curtains online will give you a good idea of the look of any kind of material, but seeing it in person is a better way of ascertaining how useful it’ll be in your heat and light-battling goals.
Blackout curtains are the frontrunner for effectiveness as a curtain, but they are usually more restrictive in their designs due to the weight. Thinner curtains are often more aesthetically pleasing, but keep out less and less light.
The immediate surroundings are the next thing to check once you’ve settled on a fabric. Ensure that you aren’t arranging a room that will suffer visually or physically from your choice of window covering.
A blind or curtain that lets direct light in from the sides can risk sun damage to poorly placed couches and armchairs, and a hot pink curtain can take some of the austerity out of your otherwise-regal leather lounge suite.
Finally, the overall aesthetic should be assessed again once everything is in place, a sort of double-check to ensure everything is exactly as you want it. Check the height of the hem of the curtain to ensure it doesn’t rub on the floor or sit awkwardly, and check the top as well to ensure it doesn’t let an obscene amount of morning light through, as this will make sleeping-in a bit difficult.
You’re now all set up with the best curtains you could possibly have, and you won’t need to replace them six months after moving in when you realise you didn’t spend enough time choosing them either. With added hard work, you’ve made an informed decision and benefitted from that decision immensely.