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The ultimate beginners guide to picking the best contemporary curtains

Living room curtain ideas

When it comes to home decor, curtains most certainly make the room. Choosing the right curtains can positively impact any room, but it can be a little overwhelming knowing which curtains to pick. So…where on earth do we begin? From rich velvet, to light and airy, the options are endless when it comes to curtains. The curtains you decide on can also have a significant impact on the overall style of your scheme, so it’s important to factor in your current decor and to take into consideration your stylistic statement goals when making your curtain selections. In this guide, we’ll be covering the main things to look for when picking the best curtains for your modern space. 

What look are you trying to achieve

White bedroom curtains

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We are not just adding practical insulation to our homes when we add curtains  – our curtains provide the necessary depth, length, layers and charm that our windows crave. Curtains also set the scene style wise for the rest of your decor. Choosing the wrong fabric, pattern, colour, length or style could prove very problematic in the big wide world of curtains. A mistake would be deciding on your curtains last, as this can result in a half-baked look. By the time decorating is underway, you could end up throwing away your original curtains and opting for brand new ones instead. To avoid having mismatched curtains in the room, the aim is to pick a style curtain you like first, then to build your decor from there. Planning is generally key – you’ll want to take some time initally to reflect over your curtain choices. What’s your overall end goal? What’s your rooms purpose? How will your curtains fit with your rooms purpose? Do you want to for a high end classic look with your curtains or a low key casual vibe. There’s a lot to consider when choosing the ideal curtains, but if you know your objective it will help you reach your goal. 

You’ll find all of the details on the Azurite Chenille Coral Pink Curtain at Swift Direct Blinds

The colour of your curtains have a significant impact on the overall look of your room. However, with so many curtain colours to choose from nowadays, it can be a tough decision finding the right colour match that will compliment your style. Initially, it’s important to look at your existing decor. If your walls have already been painted and your floors are in place, you’ll want to incorporate a colour that sits well with the rest of your colour scheme. If you have strong and bold statement making furniture already, you might want to tone down your curtains with more neutral or pastel colours. If your surroundings are already fairly neutral, sprucing up your space with more vibrant colour curtains will bring your room to life. Generally a rule of thumb, is to pick a curtain colour of at least one shade lighter or darker than your existing walls.  You’ll want there to be an amount of contrast between your wall colour and your curtain colour, because if you match dark walls with dark curtains, they can look very oppressive whereas light walls meshed with light curtains can make a space look characterless and washed out.

Check out the exclusive Selky Corduroy Eyelet Pair of Curtains, 140 x 260cm, Soft Taupe on the Made website

Fabric is a very important factor in curtain selection, so the material that you choose should be chosen with care. In the modern day, we see a limitless array of fabrics on the market, but each type of fabric tends serve different purposes. As an example, if you are looking to optimise the amount of light entering your room, you may want to opt for a light weight cotton material that will flow readily. Heavy weight opulent velvet fabric will have more of a glamorous period style appearance, all the while giving good coverage against the sunlight. In a nut shell, if you want a glossy, elegant look you should go for velvets and silks. But if you want a simplistic light look, choosing linens or light cottons would suit your space better.

The Georgia Spot Made To Measure Curtains – Forget Me Not can be viewed on the Terrys Blinds site 

We can get so wrapped up in curtain colours, styles and fabrics, it can be easy to forget about size and length of our curtains. The length of your curtain should reflect your room style and window size. If you want to cover a large portion of window space horizontally and vertically, then eyelet curtain styles work nicely, because eyelets gather less fabric overall. With their even deep folds, eyelet curtains hang perfectly from their large metal rings, lengthening and opening up the space. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a gathered look, pleated curtains provide more fullness, making an attractive solution for the more shorter tailored ready made curtains. If you want something different, curtains with traditional tie-backs are a stylish alternative – they will help you control the amount of light in your room plus they add a touch of elegance to the room. 

Check out the Crushed Velvet Lined Eyelet Curtains via JD Williams

This is the fun part! There’s a great deal of choice when it comes to curtain patterns, so it can be a very exciting challenge browsing through all of the curtain catalogues and assessing the bigger picture. There’s a number of things to take into consideration while picking out your curtains; you’ll want to bear in mind existing colours and materials within your current decor, the style of windows you already have, along with the fabric, colour and size for your chosen curtain. If you already have a pop of accent colour and patterned design within your cushions or rug, then you may want to opt for matching curtains. If you already have a lot going on within your space style wise, then you might just want to tone things down with a lighter, subtler print that blends in with the hues of colour

Living room patterned curtains

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