Choosing the right draperies for your home is not an easy task. At Half Price Drapes we want to make the process as simple as possible. Consider this three-point guide to get started as you look at your dozens and dozens of options.
1. Function comes first
Before you start comparing fabrics, colors, and patterns, consider how you need your window treatments to function. If you’re looking for total darkness or maximum privacy, then you’ll need lined blackout curtains. On the other hand, if you want light filtering through, or if you’re just looking for decorative curtains, then sheer curtains will work.
While lined curtains are generally more expensive, they do have certain advantages. For one, they shield fabric from sun damage, which makes them last longer. They add heft, which protects your room against drafts, and they help the curtains fall more luxuriously.
2. Choosing the right texture, color, prints and patterns
Once you know how you need your curtains to function, it’s time to consider the mood of the room. If you’re creating window treatment solutions for a formal space, consider heavy silk or velvet. For a more casual feel, look at linen or cotton.
When you have the texture decided on, consider your color options. Do you want your curtains to blend in with the décor or to be a focal point? If you want them to blend in, choose colors that are the same tone as the wall but several shades darker. A bold color works like an exclamation point. If you’re choosing unlined curtains, remember that the sun will filter through the color you choose.
Finally, choose prints or patterns. If your furniture or bedding is patterned you’ll likely want solid curtains. If your furniture or bedding is sold, then you’ll likely want patterned curtains. Neutral prints like dots are paisley add a subtle hit of both style and energy, while large, graphic prints are daring and can add drama to the room.
3. Choosing the right length
Unless you have a radiator or deep sill in the way, you should choose floor-length curtains. You can pick ready-made panels from 63 inches to 144 inches, or order custom curtains. Floor length can mean either just hitting the floor or breaking slightly at the floor. If you’re looking for a classic, tailored look, or if you plan to open and close the curtains frequently, then you’ll want them to just hit the floor or sill. Generally they should hover about a half inch above. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a relaxed, stylish option, choose panels that extend beyond the floor by between one inch and three inches.
No matter what your window treatment needs are, Half Price Drapes has you covered. Check out our incredible selection of both pre-made and custom made drapes.