If you are in the process of giving a room in your home a makeover, a key component to consider is the curtains you will choose. While curtains may not seem like a key component at first glance, they can actually be hugely influential.
It is worth remembering that the window is the main source of light in a room during the day. This means that the eye is naturally drawn to the window. Of course, this means that you can’t help but notice the window coverings you choose. As a result, you are naturally going to want to ensure that the curtains you choose are attractive and suit the overall aesthetic of your room.
Additionally, you have to consider the curtains you choose for a newly-madeover room in terms of functionality. As well as being important stylistic considerations, curtains also have to work. They have to block light and protect your privacy. To ensure that you can both enjoy the look of your newly-madeover room and actually live with it, taking the time to peruse your options for curtains is well worth doing.
In an effort to assist you with this task, we’ve put together a simple guide covering three types of curtains you may want to consider. These are key when searching for the perfect finishing touch for a newly madeover room…
Blackout curtains are an excellent choice if you are going to be making over a bedroom or a nursery. The “blackout” function allows you to block sunlight when the curtains are drawn, which is incredibly beneficial for sleep. Blackout curtains have proven to be very popular, and you should be able to find plenty of ready made curtains that offer this special property.
Black-out curtains do not have to be black; in fact, they can be any colour you so choose – even white! The “blackout” effect is not actually created by the colour of the curtain; instead, it is provided by the fabric used to construct the finished piece. Thanks to this, blackout curtains can be effortlessly blended in with your new madeover decor.
Thermal curtains seek to prevent the transference of heat. This means that these curtains provided additional functional benefits throughout the year. In summer, they help to prevent the heat from the sun warming a room. In winter, meanwhile, they can assist in the prevention of heat leaking out of the internal space. Many thermal curtains will also have blackout properties, which allows you to double up on functionality.
All rooms you have been making over can benefit from newly-installed thermal curtains. They are however particularly useful in rooms that receive a lot of sunlight. During the summer months, you can just draw the curtains to prevent the room from overheating due to the sun’s rays. This makes the room far more comfortable to live in during the hotter months of the year.
The options we have discussed thus far have been fairly heavy, dense materials. As useful as these are, curtains can also be light and airy if you so choose. Some people prefer conventional fabric curtains to be unlined. Curtains made from tulle and other incredibly-light materials are increasingly popular decorative choices. These lighter-fabric curtains are can really add an extra element to a room and are well worth considering.
A particular benefit of curtains made from light fabric is that they can be as much a piece of art as a functional part of the room. In recent years, winding fairy lights into a tulle curtain has become particularly popular. This creates a wonderful ‘princess’ look that would complement any newly-madeover bedroom.
However, it is important to mention that living with curtains made from a light fabric does have its downsides. Ironically, the biggest downside of this style of curtain is also one of its greatest assets. The style is more decorative than functional. If you choose curtains made from a light fabric, the light-blocking properties will usually be limited. Furthermore, in the case of translucent fabrics such as tulle, light fabric curtains will not afford a great degree of privacy. These issues mean that, for most people, light fabric curtains are only a suitable choice for the second floor (and above) of their home.
When making over a room, taking the time to find the right curtains is crucial. It will complete the look of the room, maintain practicality, and ensure the finished result you have been hoping for. Considering the options and recommendations above can help to ensure you find the right kind of curtains for your newly-madeover room. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your incredible new space.