How to Pick the Right Curtains for Your Home
Oct 14, 2019
Anytime is the right time for a style upgrade! Installing curtains or drapes in your windows is one of the fastest, easiest, and most affordable ways to radically transform the space. Not only do curtains provide privacy, they can also offer a pop of color and add interest to the room thanks to rich or airy fabrics and beautiful, well-chosen styling.
But how do you choose the right kind of curtains for different rooms in your home? This article will teach you everything you need to know about how to choose the right curtains, including tips on how to pick curtain color, how to choose the right size curtains, and how to match curtains and rugs.
Do Your Curtains Need to Match Your Rug or Sofa?
“Do curtains and rugs have to match?” That’s probably one of our most frequently asked questions; so if you’ve been wondering, you aren’t alone!
You don’t need to stress over matching your curtains exactly to your walls, sofa, or carpet. In fact, using a different color can actually add visual interest to the room, breaking up the walls so that the curtains don’t “disappear.”
That being said, it’s a good idea to choose curtains that match your other accent colors — for instance, yellow curtains to go with yellow pillows or artwork. You should also avoid colors that clash too strongly (like green and red).
How to Pick the Right Color Curtains
So, if you don’t need to match your curtains to your sofa or walls, what color should you choose? In general, it’s a good idea to build rooms around one neutral color, a handful of base colors, and one or two accents for contrast. As long as you pick a hue you like and stay within your chosen color palette, you’ll have the “right” color. Just keep in mind that some fabrics are sheerer than others, which can cause them to look lighter or more transparent than they do in the packaging.
Choosing the Right Size Curtain Length
Now that you have some ideas about how to choose the right curtain color, it’s time for Step Two: learning how to pick the right size curtains. For this step, you’ll need a tape measure (and possibly a step-stool).
There are two dimensions you need to measure for curtains: height and width. To get the correct height measurement, measure the distance from the floor to the curtain rod. Keep in mind that hanging equipment can eat up a few inches, so double-check your dimensions before making any purchases.
Also, think about how long you want the curtains to be. Are you picturing something short and cute, like a gauzy half-curtain, or draped and elegant, like a stage curtain? Depending on the look you want, you don’t necessarily need to use every inch of space you have available.
Once you’ve got the length, you’ll need to measure the width. If you want a folded, flowy look, you’ll want to choose curtains that are about three times wider than your actual measurement. If you want curtains that look trim and neatly fitted, you’ll only need about two extra inches of width.
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We hope this guide has helped you learn how to find the right curtains. To see visual examples, check out My Design Finder, which has thousands of decor ideas personalized to match your tastes.
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