As we fall into Autumn, what better way to prepare for winter and the colder, darker nights than by sprucing up your curtains? It may be something that you do once in a blue moon, or it may be that you have a summer and winter look for your home. Either way, this month is the perfect time to do this – new beginnings and a new season all at once. We take a look at the things you should consider when choosing the right new curtains for your home.
Ready-made or tailor-made?
There are pros and cons to each, as with anything. If you’re on a more restricted budget, then ready-made may be your best bet. The downsides are that they come in fixed lengths – which you can always alter if necessary – and you are more restricted in your choice of fabric and finish. If you have a little more to spend, or are looking for a bespoke option, then tailor-made curtains are for you. Your choice of fabric, finish and length are far greater, although be prepared to spend more on them.
Fabric and colour
Depending on the style of your room the type of fabric will vary. Bedrooms are more likely to suit a heavier fabric – which will also help to keep out light and offer a better night’s sleep – while living rooms and sitting rooms can take a lighter fabric to let lots more natural light in during the day.
Colour and pattern will depend on the decor in each room. You can opt for a neutral tone if you have a bold colour or busy design on walls and floors, or add a splash of colour and design to a more muted or neutral tones. Keep in mind that rooms that are exposed to large amounts of sun during the day can lead to colour fade on fabrics. This is less of an issue if you switch out your curtains regularly or with changing seasons, but if you don’t then choose a lighter colour that won’t fade as quickly.
Getting the measurements right
The old saying ‘measure twice, cut once’ is ideal here. Measure, measure, and measure again to make sure you’ve got it right as any mistakes can end up being very costly. Decide whether you want the curtains to hang all the way to the floor for a more dramatic look, or to just below the windowsill for a more modern one. To add to the drama you can hang the curtains higher than the typical six inches above the window frame, giving your room a greater sense of height and space.
Give yourself around six to eight inches on either side of your window to allow for a natural drape when they are open without compromising on the amount of light that can come in, while blocking it out when you need to without overspill through the sides.