Curtains can breathe new life into any room in your home. Modern curtains are important functional and decorative aspects of the home due to their practical design and extensive options. There are hundreds of different window curtain designs with different fabric options, colors and sizes. The right curtain styles will complement your home décor and create the perfect look. This is often where working with a window covering specialist is highly recommended, as the research and decision process can be a challenge! Although selecting the right fabric and style can be overwhelming, you need to make the right choice because replacing curtains can be costly.
Types of Curtains
Blackout curtains are perfect for the bedroom. The room darkening curtains are opaque to block out light. They are ideal to create a blackout effect if you need to watch a movie in the living room or block light in the bedroom. The best blackout curtains completely block out the sun because they have an extra lining. They are available in different colors, styles and lengths.
Sheer curtains block out light but maintain some minimal visibility into the room and offer some privacy. The sheer curtain panels are made from light sheer fabric and are often used as secondary curtains or over blinds. When the primary curtain is pulled back, it allows some light and still offers some privacy in the room. Sheers are suitable for any room. The sheer curtain panels are held together by a curtain rod.
Pleated curtains are draped into deep folds and give a tailored unique look. The folds line up next to each other and run down to the full length of the curtains. They are perfect for formal rooms such as the lounge, dining room or the study. These types of curtains are also known as “pinch pleat curtains”. Other pleat styles are available such as the Inverted box Pleat or Ripplefold and these can be tailored to suit your décor.
Thermal curtains insulate the home from extreme cold. They offer protection from adverse weather conditions, such as extreme cold or heat, in areas like Calgary, Alberta that see extreme changes in temperature in winter and summer. They have an additional layer or lining for insulation. They save energy costs and also offer great privacy due to their design and material.
Curtains by Location
As the most popular room in any home, the kitchen requires a welcoming and warming source of sunlight that can still be adjusted if needed. Curtains made from light weight fabric such as linen, lace and sheer cotton create ambience in the kitchen. They create a casual, relaxed feeling in the room.
Living Room Curtains
The living room is the focal point in your home so you need to make it impressive and cozy. It is therefore important to select the right living room curtains that convey these qualities. Select blackout curtains that have heavy weight fabrics and block out disruptive light. Blackout curtains also create the perfect theatre feel when you want to watch movies at night. There is huge choice of colors and curtain styles to fit your unique taste and lifestyle.
When choosing bedroom curtains, you need highly functional curtains that keep out the cold and light and also offer privacy. Blackout curtains are perfect for the bedroom to ensure that you get a well-rested night’s sleep because of their room darkening benefits. You don’t need early morning sun rays to pour into your room when you want to sleep in. There are opaque (room darkening) and light filtering liners that are sewn on to provide you light control. Therefore, you need to consider how much you want to darken the room. Blackout curtains have maximum light-blocking abilities.
Patio curtains are classic custom window treatments for patio doors and sliding glass doors. They are available in a wide selection of styles and colors. Patio curtain panels serve to block the sun and the same time provides privacy in an aesthetic way.
- Curtain rods come in many durable designs and different lengths. You can choose decorative rods to add a touch of style and creativity. They come in wood, iron and even glass and acrylic
- Use finials to decorate the ends of the curtain rods. They are available in many different shapes and designs that can help to accentuate your home’s overall décor.
- Use curtain rings to easily attach your curtains. They make the curtains easy to open and add a decorative touch.
Tips & Tricks
Choose the fabric of the curtains depending on where you want to place them. Use lightweight fabric curtains for the living room and kitchen to let in some natural light. Use heavy fabric for the bedroom to block out unwanted light.
Choose patterned fabrics if you want to create a creative look. They are available in decorative prints e.g. floral, striped and animal print.
Curtains are practical and serve many purposes for homes, cafes and hotels. They are more commonly made of heavier fabric, which provides a predictable result in how they look and function. They darken your bedroom to help you sleep more soundly. They reduce the glare from the TV so that you can watch your favorite movie. They can also give privacy by reducing the visibility of the room. The choice is yours.