Curtains are a major part of any room’s design and I think we all realize this meaning when we remove them for cleaning or changing. That isn’t all, they help us to control the light and provide us with good privacy levels in the same time.
I think choosing something that gives us all these amazing privileges worth some extra attention especially if it’s for a special room like living room, right? If you agree with me, join me here to know more about the tips that you need to consider when you choose your living room curtains.
We will start with choosing the fabrics; choosing the fabrics should be done according to some factors and the style of your living room is one of them. For example, if you have a modern living room, then you need to look for plain curtains in light fabrics like sheer or light cotton and if you have traditional or cottage style, heavy printed curtains are the best to go for.
That isn’t all, if you have a living room that is full of expensive furniture pieces and valuable antiques, then you need to choose a curtain that complete this luxurious ambience, something with high quality and good material to add extra value to the place.
It’s very important as well to consider the focal point of your living room when you choose your curtains. For example, if you have expensive pieces of furniture that you want to draw the attention to, then look for curtains that match with the furniture upholstery. The main point is to go for something that doesn’t steal the attention from the focal point you have. In case you want the curtains to be the focal point itself, then you will need to look for bright and colorful curtains that catch the eye and draw the attention.
For sure we all have different needs and use our living rooms for different purposes, but generally, the living room is a multi activities room. It’s where we watch TV, read books, listen to music, relax and receive guests. Each activity requires a specific ambience and needs, so you need to consider this point when you choose your curtains. For example, if you have a family meeting or you have a guest, you will need some privacy and more light in the room, right? Sheer curtains will be the best for this mission.
If you want to add extra options to control the light, you may need to add other window treatments like shades. They will help you to control the light and get the highest levels of privacy in the same time. If you looking for something less expensive and easier, drapes are the solution that you are looking for. Use double mounted rod and hang heavy drapes and light curtains like sheer underneath, the drapes will block the light completely, if you want to relax and you can pull them aside and use the sheer curtains if you want enough natural light to fill your living room.
Speaking of curtains rods, do you know that these little metal pieces could affect the entire look of your curtain and room design in a big way? Yes, choosing the fitting curtain rod can complete the design that you want to achieve successfully and choosing the wrong one can totally ruin it. Imagine a modern curtain rod in traditional living room; I know it’s very annoying. So, make sure to choose the one that fit your living room design and fit the type of your curtain as well, you may need stronger type for heavy drapes or double mounted for double layers like I mentioned above.
Taking the measurements is something that I always like to remind you of all the time, I know it may sound boring to hear the same advice all over, but trust me it’s a money and effort saving tip you really need to consider when designing any inch in your home. Take the measurement of the window which you will hang the curtain on and that means the height and the width.
Add about five to seven extra inches to the measurements on each side to get a rich look of fullness, get more privacy and to control the light in a better way. If you have small living room, hang the curtains closer to the ceiling level to make the room look larger, pay attentions, because this means you will need tall curtains, so again take the measurements accurately.
Set your budget and do what fits you more, you can buy ready made curtains which will be faster and cheaper or you can go for customization and you know, customization means more money and more time, but it also means getting exactly what you are looking for. The choice will be made according to you what your wallet and times say.
Ask about the cleaning method that should be used with the fabric type that you choose, wondering why? Some curtain fabrics may require dry cleaning and that is something that most people don’t prefer to do, so if you are one of them, ask for a curtain fabric that can be washed at home in the regular washing machine that we all use.
Last but not least, make sure to bring home some samples of the curtains or drapes that you like and try it on your window, so you can pick the most fitting one that matches your living room design and upholstery.
Designing any part of our homes is always fun, but to get the best of the fun, make some searches about the important tips that you need to consider first, especially when it’s something special like curtains.