Picking out the perfect curtains and drapes for you home can be a really tricky proposition. The right window dressing will look amazing and really tie a room’s design scheme together. On the other hand, if you choose the wrong treatments for your windows you are going to find that you get aggravated each time you look at them and find yourself wishing you could go back and do things all over again.
One of the first things you have to consider is if you want the curtains and drapes to do. Take a step back and consider your room as a whole. Will it look best if you accent your windows with something that is going to stand out and draw the eye, or will that be too busy? Once you have determined this, you will have a better idea of the color of the curtains and drapes that are going to work best for your home. Sometimes this can be hard to determine simply by looking at the room. One of the things you can do is place swatches of color on your walls to see which you most like. Although there are situations when a patterned curtain looks really good, if you have patterned furniture, you may prefer solid colored drapes.
The weight of the curtains and drapes is going to be very important. Sheer drapes tend to have a light and airy feeling and can make the room feel a bit more open. One the other hand, heavy drapes look elegant and are a wonderful choice if you have gone with a classic or formal interior design for a room.
If you live in a house that is prone to being drafty, you are going to want to make sure that not only are your curtains and drapes perfectly fitted to the windows, but that they are also insulated. The insulation will act as an air barrier and help reduce the cost of your heating bill in the winter.
Many people have also found that insulated drapes are an excellent choice if they happen to live somewhere that noise is a problem. The insulation helps muffle the incoming sound from entering the room.
When you are choosing curtains and drapes, you want to take your time and choose the style and color that is really going to work in your home. If at all possible, make sure you ask for samples before you make a final decision. Try leaving the samples tacked to your wall for a few days so that you can see if your opinion is going to change.
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