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How does lighting affect your interior?

Your lighting is very important for determining the color of your shades and curtains.

Your lighting is very important for determining the color of your shades and curtains.

When you're redesigning your interior with new drapes and curtains, one aspect that you shouldn't neglect is your choice of lighting. Everything from the types of fixtures you use to the bulbs themselves can affect how the paint and upholstery of your rooms look to the human eye.

One of the most important things to consider is the color temperature of the light bulbs that you use. Whenever you buy new bulbs, whether it's compact fluorescent or conventional incandescent, somewhere on the package you should find a color temperature listed in terms of Kelvin, also noted as "K". This number, which is usually between 2500 and 6500, tells you how "warm" or "cool" the light is. Most people will want warmer lights, as these are easier on the eyes. If that's the case with your room, you should purchase bulbs on the lower end of that scale, between 2500 and 4000 K.

To the naked eye, these lights will look a little bit yellowish, whereas the cooler lights will be more whitish, like daylight. The former will add a slight tinge to any colors you're using for your interiors, so it's important when you're deciding on shades for the room you're decorating to make sure you test your swatches under the correct lighting.

Once you've picked your color scheme, you'll want to check out the modern window treatments at Half Price Drapes. We have all the latest styles and patterns, and you'll save a bundle on high-quality window curtains and drapes made from just about every material you can think of.