Curtains can often be an afterthought when it comes to decorating a living room - but they shouldn’t be.
With the power to transform a space from four walls and a ceiling into a place that evokes a particular feeling, or enhances a certain style, curtains are certainly a major part of any well thought-out interior - and for good reason.
1. They can change the size of your room
Whether you have a living room that is a bit on the small side, or one that can sometimes feel too large for intimate gatherings, custom curtains have the ability to change the size of a room - it’s all in the trick of the eye.
To make a little space look bigger you should hang curtains high, and wide. In a room without trim - try around 15cm above the window, and with trim - 10cm. It is also a good idea to have the curtain track extended out further than the windows, so the drapes can be opened completely, letting in more light and creating the illusion of more space.
Make sure you avoid horizontal stripes and large patterns in small rooms.
2. They can control the light
Light is an essential element of design, and apart from light fittings - curtains do the job of controlling how much, or how little natural light enters your home and living space.
So this is where you can make a great impact by ensuring the curtains you choose are able to offer you the right amount of light, exactly when and where you want it - all while creating the right feeling you are after for your living space.
If the sun streams into your north-facing home, you may wish to have sheers all year-round to block out some of the glare, while still letting natural light through. If you’re looking for a little more, consider layering a sunscreen roller blind with a curtain to get the best of both worlds.
Depending on the size of your living room, you might also have curtains with a block out lining that are able to remove the light when you don’t want it.
It can be tricky to get the balance of achieving both privacy and light, so custom-made curtains are usually the best choice in order to get the right result.
3. They can complement design features
Curtains have the ability to accentuate design features in your home - like vaulted ceilings or unique cornices. They can also provide a border around a view that you would like to highlight, much like a painting or photo in a picture frame.
Here it is important to consider a few elements of the curtains you choose, in terms of the colour, pattern and fabric. If the design feature is something in a particular shape - like curved windows - a soft material will mean it is more malleable to have the curtains drape correctly around the windows, not cut them off. If you have an ocean view, it is probably a good idea to have natural fabric in a plain, neutral hue, to match with the exterior environment.
And don’t forget about the tracks too - you may want ones that are hidden from view so you don’t take attention away from the feature itself, or the right ones could actually aid in emphasising it.
4. They can finish off your interior look
Whether you are creating a quiet space for reflection, or an energising place to entertain, curtains have the ability to help establish a particular mood or feeling in a living room.
From tying together furnishings and household items, to making a statement of their own, customised curtains offer a variety of options to suit any interior decor.
The great thing about custom curtains is that there is such an array of options to choose from, and at Harrisons, we have hundreds of designs to choose from and our experts will bring them direct to your home with our mobile stores! To book a free in-home consultation with one of our experts, call 0800 102 004 or contact us.