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Overcome The Dread Of Selecting Fabric For Your Window Curtains

Nov 6, 2007
Do you find yourself staring at your bare windows and dreading making the decision of how to decorate them? Well here are some hints and information that can help you immediately.

Of the wide variety of window treatments available, the most common selection is fabric curtains. There are many styles of fabrics, with a seemingly infinite list of choices. When considering which fabric to use for your curtains, take into account the factors discussed below before making a final decision.

First, you will want to consider how much light you would like to allow into the room. If you would like to have a bright, warm room, select a thin, light fabric with a light color and soft patterns. If you would like to have a darker, cooler room, select a heavy drape with a darker color. It is also important to keep in mind how much sunlight the window typically gets and the size of the room before making a final selection. If the room is small and receives a great deal of sunlight, you may still need to choose a relatively dark material, even if you wish the room to receive a good amount of sunlight. Similarly, if the room is large and the windows receive very little sunlight, you will not need a very dark or heavy drape to keep the room dark.

By this point, you have narrowed in on the thickness of the fabric and how light or dark it will be. Now, you should find a specific fabric that meets the needs of your room. In choosing a final color, consider the color of the furniture in the room and find a fabric that matches nicely. When selecting the fabric type to use, consider the tone of your room. If the room is used for formal occasions, consider a fabric such as silk, velvet, velveteen, brocade, damask or faille. If the room is somewhat informal, choose from cotton sateen, linen, sheeting, bouclé and chintz. If it is a casual room, use denim, canvas, tweed, burlap, corduroy, broadcloth, muslin, poplin or suede cloth. In addition to the tone of the room, consider the upholstery of the furniture and find a fabric that is similar in feel and look.

Before you purchase the fabric, you must determine its length and height, as well as the length and thickness of the pole. To do this, you must first measure your window. The width of the curtain should be slightly more than the width of the window. In order to determine the length of the pole from which to hang the curtain, you must first decide on the length of the curtain. Will it be floor length, sill length, or below sill length? The thickness of the pole must also be considered. It will depend primarily on the weight of the fabric used.

Lastly, you may wish to consider lining your curtain. This protects it from damage due to dust and sunlight, and assists in insulating the room. Liners are typically used on dark curtains, in rooms in which you wish to keep the sunlight out and the temperature low. You do not need to line your fabric curtains if they are light, as you don't want to keep out too much sunlight or reduce the temperature of the room.
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