The windows are the focal point of any room, and the way to enhance them is with good curtains. Curtains are essential in a house, not only for its contribution to interior decoration but for its functionality.
They provide privacy, protect furniture from the sun, help us regulate the amount of light in the rooms, and minimize the entry of cold in winter and heat in summer. Therefore it is essential to pay attention to a few details when choosing them. Here we present several modern curtains to choose from.
How to choose among the models of curtains
There are several things to consider when choosing the curtains of the house. Always looking for harmony with the rest of the decoration, we must decide what is the right type of curtain, the fabric, the colors, the prints.
First of all make sure that the fabric can be washed, otherwise advise on how to clean it. Another important thing will be to advise on what will be its durability, to take into account according to the destination. It is not the same a window that receives the sun all day, that one in the shade. Will it be strong enough or will it discolour with the sun?
What kind of fabric to choose for a curtain
Before opting for a design or color, it is preferable that you prioritize the quality according to the utility you will give it. As we said, a curtain for a very bright bedroom is not the same as for a dark dining kitchen. Each fabric has its characteristics, its pros and cons.
100% natural fabrics have better fall and vary in textures and transparencies, but tend to shrink especially cotton and linen. Although they are the preferred tissues together with the silks.
Despite being easily washable fabrics, they require mostly a good ironing to show off their splendor, but on the other hand they have the advantage that they do not pile up and that they do not accumulate static electricity.
There is also a wide variety of synthetic fabrics of very good quality, easy to wash and do not shrink: polyester, nylon, viscose or acrylic. The prices also vary a lot, there are for all tastes and for all budgets.
In general it is better to opt for the smooth models that are always easier to combine. It is also important to choose resistant fabrics, strong colors can fade quickly when exposed to sunlight.
We have already seen ideas and pictures of curtains to help you find inspiration and also some tips on how to be: how to calculate the measurements to make a curtain. Now it’s time to see different ways of hanging curtains from a barral, some traditional and others very original and simple like this.
Curtains are an indispensable accessory not only for its functionality but as a very useful tool in interior decoration. The styles and designs are very varied, there are curtains that go from the ceiling to the floor, there are those that cover a whole wall and others that only cover the opening. You can use the curtains to conceal defects, to expand the visual of a room or to lower a ceiling. A narrow opening may appear larger by placing the curtains as close to the ceiling as possible
Fabrics for transparent, or translucent, curtains
Chiffon – can be cotton or polyester blend, thin and vaporous. There are a variety of types and colors.
Voile – made of cotton, polyester or a mixture of both. There is also a great variety of designs, patterns and colors.
Organdy – very thin and translucent cotton fabric and somewhat stiff, usually embroidered.
Lace – woven of cotton or linen threads with various motifs ideal for romantic or shabby chic styles.
Fabrics for non-translucent light curtains
Keep in mind what you need to condition the environment and not just the aesthetics. If the goal is to have privacy but without losing luminosity, the most indicated fabrics are the following:
Acetate – artificial fiber silk, light and silky, but little translucent. Very resistant and easy to keep, it does not shrink, it does not wrinkle or fade.
Brocato– Synthetic fabric in relief of different colors and very resistant.
Damask – Cotton fabric with designs in glossy or matte effect but without reliefs like the brocato. Maximum two colors are mixed.
Batista – Soft and good fall. It is made of cotton or it is combined with polyester fibers, in a variety of patterned designs. Ideal for children’s bedrooms for example as it is washable, although it wrinkles easily.
Linen – It’s rustic and fresh. It is used smooth or twisted to give it texture. It is mixed with cotton to make it softer.
Fabrics for curtains that completely block light
When complete absence of light is required, as in the bedrooms, thick fabrics such as pure linen, rustic silk, brin or canvas are recommended. The other option in this case is the
Black-out as a lining and on it the curtain you want.
Other options with more glamor could be:
Satin or satin – based on acetate, has a body and a lot of shine, there is satin and matte and it is quite accessible.
Tafeta – thin but lightly armed and sumptuous cloth.
Shantung – similar to silk but more economical has a bright side and another that imitates the wild silk in the knots of the plot.
Pana – thick and velvety cotton fabric, can have synthetic blend. There are variety of colors.
Velvet – Although it can be silk, it is usually used in cotton. Very sumptuous and sophisticated, its main characteristic is that it absorbs a lot of light and sound. For something it was the fabric used to make the curtains in theaters.
The lining increases the life of the curtain, protecting it from the sun, dirt and pollution. In some cases it is indispensable, for example when the curtains are colorful and delicate, as they tend to lose color with the sun.
The lining is also a good resource to give volume and good fall to noble fabrics such as silk. They are placed with in a double rail or double barral.
Tips for washing curtains
It is important to keep the curtains free of dust, for which you should vacuum it periodically. Perform this cleaning every two weeks, using the brush-type nozzle to avoid damaging the tissue with suction. The washing should be done every six months for the lining, and once a year for the curtain itself.
Make sure the fabric allows washing at home with soap. If so, you can let it soak overnight by changing the water three times: in principle with only twenty minutes of soaking will be enough, so that the powder will not dye the fabric. The next day, you can wash it in the washing machine with the program for delicate garments.
If the curtain has some kind of hooks that can not be removed, wrap them in a cloth to avoid damaging them. Let it dry naturally.
As for the curtains of natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton, they require special attention, because they can shrink or bleach, therefore washing in specialized places is recommended.