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Choosing the Best Curtains and Blinds for Your Home? Here's How!
Choosing curtains or blinds for your home is a straightforward process, providing you have the necessary knowledge. Today, we take a closer look at the best ways to select the right window dressings for your home. If you are planning to purchase some new curtains today, be sure to check out the guide below.
Select Your Curtain Fixings First
Before you even entertain the idea of purchasing new curtains, it is always best to check your curtain fixings first. If you already have some, which type are they? If you intend to keep them, you must make sure that they match the curtains you choose. Of course, this could also be the perfect time to change your curtain fixings to something you are more comfortable with.
To ensure you have a full overview of the options, here are the most common curtain fixings used in New Zealand.
The curtain track - this is one of the most popular options out there, but also the most traditional. It is characterised by a looped cord, enabling you to open the curtain from one side. If you have a particular large window in your home, this is the option to go for. In addition to that, this specific method is also better for delicate curtains, as they tend to keep the fabric in better condition.
The curtain pole - those who prefer a more modern or contemporary feel in their home are likely to choose this fixing. Aside from their versatility in terms of the window dressings they can carry, you do have to consider that these only work for straight windows. So, some additional attention may be needed for curved windows.
The adjustable curtain rod - for more delicate sheer and voile curtains, you could consider the adjustable rod. You can place these above any window frame without needing to make holes in the wall. Of course, it does mean the weight that these rods can carry is quite limited.
What Is the Best Way to Hang My Curtains?
Finding the best way to hang your curtains comes down to the style you like most. Of course, you also have to take the type of fabric into consideration. For example, heavier fabrics will benefit more from fortified eyelets or tab tops. The same applies to fabrics with patterns, who can only really be shown off through the use of suitable eyelets.
How Do I Prevent My Curtains Taking Up Space?
For those of you who did not have curtains in their home before, this may sound a little strange. However, putting up curtains incorrectly can make a room look considerably smaller, so it is smart to learn about window dressings and how they are best implemented.
One of the ways to create the illusion of space in a smaller room is by mounting your curtains a little above the window frame. If you hang the curtain rod level with your window, it does not create any additional space. However, try and hang the rod a little above your window and see how much additional space it seems to create.
The type of fabric you choose for your curtains can also create an illusion of space. Horizontal stripes are especially popular, as they can make your room seem bigger than it really is. Ideally, you want to hang these on a shorter wall, as they make the wall itself appear wider.
Can I Combine Curtains and Blinds?
It is a common misconception that you have to choose either curtains or blinds, because you can combine both without any trouble. That being said, there are some general rules to think about when you do so.
When you combine curtains and blinds, always make sure you choose colours that complement one another. The safest option is choosing neutral colours such as creme and light greys, as they do not have the shock effect. Of course, have a look at your furniture colours and your overall interior too before you decide. Neutral colours tend to be the safest choice for most interiors. So, when in doubt, you can always fall back on this golden rule.