Choosing the right fabric for curtains does not have to involve difficulty. There are many reasons to use curtains. Some of them are to protect your privacy, add decorative accents to homes, keep the sun and heat from entering the house. Many people use curtains to cover blinds as well as keep the room shaded when the blinds are open.
With so many decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so one of the first questions I ask my clients is how they want their choice of window dressings to perform, are they needed for light and heat control, privacy or are they purely Aesthetic , this is something you need to know prior to selecting your fabric.
Curtains make a room—but only when chosen correctly. You’ll need to decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or to pop. For blending, pick curtains that are the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker, or choose a non-dominant subtle color in the room, consider the mood of the room and what texture you would need to set.
Printed fabrics are available in many designs and colour ways, from the simple but sophisticated stripes in varying widths, floral, Geometric, script, animal prints and more. You tend to have a lot more flexibility with colour when you select a pattern as you have multiple colour’s to work with. This means that you can select one of the colours to draw on when choosing other decor.
A rule of thumb: If you have patterned furniture or bedding (or a very elaborate rug), stick with solid curtains. If you have solid-color furniture or bedding, consider patterned curtains.