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How to Choose the Right Curtain

Choosing the right curtains can strongly and positively impact any room. However, it can be an overwhelming decision, especially since there are a lot of factors to consider. Color, fabric, length, and lining all need to be evaluated when selecting the best curtains for a room. You also have to factor in the current decor and the stylistic statement you’re trying to make, as well as the size and shape of the room itself.

Choose a durable fabric for very sunny rooms

The sun will eventually damage any fabric over time, but some fabrics are more durable than others against the sun’s rays. Faux silk, chintz-es, brocades, and cotton canvas tend to be the sturdiest and least prone to sun rot-if unlined, silks are particularly susceptible to sun rot.Avoid curtains with intricate or bold patterns, as they fade quickly and show sun fade more than solid prints.If you’re buying fabric to have your curtains custom-made, make sure to use decorator fabric specifically. The thread count is typically higher, so they last longer.Some brands of fabric are designed for sunny rooms, so choosing one of these brands is advised.

Maximize natural light with sheer fabrics

If you enjoy lots of natural lighting, sheer fabrics are the way to go. They’re perfect for small spaces that you want to be sunlit, since sheer materials are thin and take up very little room. Sheers also provide natural ventilation. If privacy is a concern, choose semi-sheers, which offer a subtle amount of privacy without sacrificing the natural lighting.If you have allergies, consider sheer fabrics. They are excellent at preventing pollen from entering open windows.Sheers come in a range of materials, including cotton, silk and synthetics. Cotton is the most cost-effective choice.You can add another curtain in a heavier fabric during the colder months, then remove it and just leave the sheers when the temperature warms up.

Select a heavy fabric when you need a lot of coverage

When you need very long curtains to cover large spaces, choose a fabric that will hang heavily. Heavy fabrics like velvet, velveteen, suede, corduroy, tapestry, and wool-blends will stay put in front of your windows and shield the most light from the room.If cold winters are an issue, heavy fabrics will help insulate the room and increase the energy efficiency of your heating system. Another option would be using cotton duck curtain lining, which is very heavy and thick.Keep in mind that heavier fabrics have a traditional look, so you may want to avoid these if your room has a modern feel.

Try blackout curtains to reduce light and noise

If light pollution at night is a problem for you, or if you’re having trouble sleeping in general, these specialty window coverings will effectively block all external light from coming into your bedroom. They will also decrease the sound of outside noise. Black-out curtains are usually made of very heavy polyester or Thermaweave, which is woven fabric that also provides insulation. Blackout curtains can also help insulate the room and keep hot or cold air from seeping in from outside.These specialty curtains can usually be found at any home furnishing store. They come in a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns. Seek out curtains that are labelled with terms like “blackout,” “room-darkening,” and/or “light-blocking.”

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