As the old saying goes, an apartment or a house can only be considered fully decorated after you put curtains on the windows. Although this statement, of course, cannot be related to all styles of interior design (especially contemporary) there are certain styles, such as classical and continental rustic, which will require a compromise on putting this pronouncement into practice.
Setting the curtain is a great way to refresh any room, while at the same time achieving privacy. Nowadays, on the market you can find curtains of various materials, styles, colors and patterns. Anyone, but just about everybody, can find something to match their taste. Judging by what we saw at the shops, the absolute hit are luxurious, ceiling to floor, curtains that are called Gypsy because of their rich patterns.
How to choose and measure curtains, how to pay attention for what and where to look, you will find out if you read the following simple rules:
Rule No. 1 Note the measures
Use a metal measuring tape to measure the height and width of the window on which you will put the curtain. To get the most accurate dimensions, repeat the measure at the top, bottom and middle of each window. Carefully note the measures and make sure that they accurately mark the height and width. If you want the curtains to be mounted accordingly inside of the window frame or outside of them you must determine the measures.
Rule No. 2 Choose the style of curtains
Depending on the style that prevails in your house and what is its function in the room, in which you plan to hang the curtains, you can choose casual, formal or semiformal styles. Short curtains or those that hang half way down windows look great in kitchens while heavy and pleated from ceiling to floor are best suited in living room and dining room. Other popular styles are the package and panel curtains, made from one piece of fabric and drapery that can be stretched down the window.
For the classically decorated rooms, curtains can almost be an invisible pattern of vertical stripes, which will also contribute to highlighting the higher walls. In classical style of decorating you can put two-layered protection (eg. under heavy silk curtains there can be placed lighter 'under curtains', muslin or a lace).
Rustically decorated rooms are simply 'crying' for protection and curtains, which are in large rooms and made from natural materials which can be stretched to the floor making them a decorative isolator. They create an atmosphere of warmth, much needed in the cold winter months. In the kitchen you can use shorter cotton curtains with lace trim.
When it comes to the Mediterranean style, there must be bright colors and light natural materials (except in the case of Moroccan style where heavier silk of darker tones favoured). Light weight curtains will create an impression of lightness, which is an indispensable companion to the Mediterranean style. Neutrally decorated room equally likes light and heavier curtains made from natural materials.
Rule No. 3 Select the type of fabric
Satin, silk and jacquard looks formal and fit well with the traditional models. Package curtains are much more laid-back and have a more visible texture. Patterned curtains are usually made of cotton or cotton blends and are a perfect fit for any room. Transparent or mesh fabrics let in the light but provide privacy and look nice behind the heavy curtains, but also independently.
Rule No. 4 Decide whether you want to buy a lining
Lining is best suited behind heavy curtains and are good for rooms where you need more privacy, such as in the bedroom. High quality lining can protect curtains from fading due to exposure to sunlight and against condensation or dirt that passes through small cracks in window frames and panes. Use a dark lining if you do not want the sun to come into the room.
Rule No. 5 Buy accessories
It is necessary to buy the rods on which you can hang the curtains, but most of the other supplements are not mandatory. Various bows, hooks and fringes are decorative details that can improve the appearance and sometimes the function of the curtain so let your imagination run wild.
Curtains with straps, which are small pieces of cloth that can get hooked on curtain rods, are especially in demand, as well as metal rings sewn into the curtains, which are then retracts curtain rod and track. Most traditional curtains are gathered around curtain rods, blocking her view.
Curtains can extend from ceiling to floor or from the top of the window pane to the floor. For a modern and formal look let them fall freely and fold on the floor. Because of such folding curtains may seem difficult, it can be impractical in rooms where it is often put on, so be careful.