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A Step-By-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Home

Harrisons Curtains & Blinds - 14 Mar 2018

A Step-By-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Home

Gone are the days where curtains only provide a practical purpose for your home. With a variety of materials and fabrics on offer, curtains are an important part of interior décor.

When it is time to purchase new ones for your home, or even a managed property, there are quite a few things to consider.

Material is key

From a light linen blend, to thermal coated triple weaves, understanding the kind of material required for your home is definitely the best place to start. Different spaces will have different needs. For example, a living room with double glazing and all day sun may only require sheers for privacy, but a bedroom without double glazing would benefit from having a block out component as well as thermal lining.

There are no fabrics that are 100 percent fool proof against mildew or fading, but choosing a fabric with a high man-made fibre content will increase the durability and lifetime of your curtains. Fabrics with 100 percent natural fibre composition look beautiful but aren’t so hard wearing. Linen, for example, is prone to atmospheric conditions and will shrink in intense heat and drop in cooler conditions, that’s not to say it isn’t a good choice, as depending on your home environment, it could be perfect.

Selecting fabric design

After selecting the correct material for your home, the next step is to choose a fabric design and sometimes this can be difficult. What kind of statement would you like to make with your curtains? Do you want your curtains to standout as a design feature, or blend in so as to not draw attention away from your furnishings?

Trying to make a decision in a retail outlet can make this process even more challenging. That’s why at Harrisons, our mobile stores and expert design consultants come to your home. This allows you to view the best curtain options in the environment in which they will be used, meaning you can be confident in your final choice. They will be the perfect fit!

Enhancing your interior decor

Curtains are obviously an important part of your home for a variety of practical reasons (privacy, blocking out light, controlling the temperature indoors) but they also have the ability to enhance your interior.

By selecting the right material and design, it is possible to create a cohesive space that follows a certain style or theme. If you prefer a natural, minimal look then it may be that you choose curtains which are less fuss and more function. But for a chic country approach, a floral option may be the perfect choice. Older character homes can be paired with classic patterns, and modern designs can be complemented with fresh fabrics that provide sleek lines.

Custom curtains are able to meet the requirements of the most discerning homeowner, with an individual approach for every interior space.

Change your space

Perhaps one of the most overlooked features of curtains is the ability to change the look of a room by creating an illusion for the eye.

For a smaller space, lighter colours are best as they blend into walls and also reflect light - in turn making a room feel more airy and spacious. Curtains with horizontal stripes have the ability to make a ceiling appear higher, as does placing the curtain rod closer and higher above the windows while ensuring the fabric just touches the floor.

The role of a curtain is most certainly three-fold, and by considering the steps above, choosing new curtains for your home will be an enjoyable experience, as well as ensuring you get the best possible results from such an important interior item. To book a free in-home consultation with one of our experts, call 0800 102 004 or contact us via the website.

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