Of all the items we have in the rooms of our homes, curtains for windows are among the most important. Not only do curtains add a decorative touch, they are also very functional in terms of controlling light and allowing for privacy.
We’ll be discussing a few ideas about fabrics because each room may call for its own type of fabric. In most cases, the curtains for windows in a bedroom will be different than the window coverings in a kitchen. A common area, such as a living room, often has its own style of curtains.
By the way, when we say curtains for windows, we’re also talking about drapes or draperies. Some people lump them all together, while other people draw a distinction between curtains and drapes. It seems to be influenced by where they were raised and the terminology that’s commonly used in that geographic area.
For example, I usually say drapes or draperies when I am referring to window coverings that are a heavier material. I think of curtains as lighter materials that allow more light to pass through.
When picking out curtains for windows, in addition to the overall look and feel you want for that room, you also need to determine what amount of functionality you want from the window coverings.
For example, in a bedroom, do you want to block out the morning light or let it come streaming in through the windows? If you want to control the light, you’ll probably want to have either a blackout lining or a coated fabric, which usually means that it has an opaque rubber backing applied to it.
The type of fabric you pick can also depend on the room. Many people like to use a lighter fabric in the kitchen area to help make things seem open and airy.
Another deciding factor about curtains for windows is whether your window faces a street or sidewalk where people passing by might be able to see in.
During the day, a sheer panel or another type of lightweight material can allow light to come in, but make it hard for people to see in. However, at night, with lamps and lighting fixtures backlighting people in the room, people on the outside can see silhouettes and detect movement. If that is a concern, you’ll want to use a heavier material that can be opened or closed, as you desire. It’s just one of those things to be mindful of.
There are plenty of styles and colors available in curtain fabrics, so you’ll be able to get the exact decorating touch you want with your curtains for windows whether you use a light fabric or a heavy fabric.
The main thing is to pick something that will serve the functions you want, whether it’s light control, privacy, draft reduction, temperature control, or a combination of those things.
It should be common sense, but we’ll say it anyway… Make sure to use mounting hardware and curtain rods with your curtains for windows that are sturdy enough to support the size and weight of the finished product.