Curtains are an important element of the decor of any room. Properly selected curtains can visually increase or decrease the space of a room, change the atmosphere and set a new mood for an already familiar interior. We will tell you how to choose curtains that organically fit into the design and help hide possible room flaws.
What you need to know when choosing curtains
Curtains are selected individually for each room, taking into account its area, the size and location of the windows, the height of the ceilings, lighting, colors and interior style (furniture, wallpaper, accessories).
- For small rooms it is better to use long light curtains.
- In rooms with large windows and high ceilings, long curtains with assemblies will look good.
- The full-length cornice and curtains with an abundance of folds expand the space of the room.
- Curtains with a horizontal pattern expand the room, a vertical pattern “raises” the ceiling and makes the room more elongated.
- Heavy dark curtains “eat up” the space, but they well obscure the room and make it more comfortable.
- Tulle evens out and softens the light coming from the window, adding elegance and lightness to the room.
- In the summer, curtains made of lightweight cotton are good, and in winter thick curtains are warm colors.
How to choose the color of curtains
Curtains look harmonious, having a shade slightly lighter or darker than the color of the walls and furniture. It is not advisable to use too bright, “flashy” colors – they can irritate and cause overwork.
- Blue, violet, turquoise, blue and gray shades will make the interior more “cool”.
- Yellow, orange, terracotta and brown tones will add warmth.
- A good option is neutral colors: cream, sand, beige. Such curtains look beautiful and unobtrusive.
- A contrasting combination of colors is a bold design decision that creates the unique character of the room. For example, the combination of orange and peach colors in the design of the living room curtains creates a strong attractive energy. The contrast of blue and white stripes perfectly complement the “marine” design of the nursery.
What curtains are suitable for the living room
Classic long plain curtains will look good in the living room. Layering of several curtains of various lengths can be used. The classic interior is well complemented by openwork lambrequins, tassels and eyelets. For modern design, you can do with ordinary curtains from a good “dress” fabric.
What curtains are suitable for an office and library
A cozy working environment will help create a classic “heavy” curtains made of thick fabric. Emerald, dark green, dark beige, chocolate and burgundy tones are preferred.
What curtains are suitable for a bedroom
Curtains in the bedroom should protect well from the light from the window, which is especially important for residents of megacities, as well as create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Prefer natural fabrics with calm and unobtrusive warm colors. Dense curtains of maximum length in combination with openwork transparent tulle will create a good atmosphere for a comfortable stay.
What curtains are suitable for children
The best option is light and bright curtains with an ornament or a fun print. But the blinds and Roman curtains in the nursery are completely not practical. The material is necessarily natural and durable, because these curtains will have to be washed most often. Depending on the interior, you can use both long curtains and short curtains to the windowsill.
What curtains are suitable for the kitchen
The design of the kitchen is dominated by functionality and practicality. Both translucent light curtains and blinds, and Roman curtains are good. The main thing here is the material. It must be durable and possess dirt-repellent properties. When choosing a palette, remember that all shades of red and orange color stimulate appetite, and blue and violet tones, on the contrary, suppress it.
How to choose curtain accessories
- Lambrequins. Well-chosen lambrequins will make a masterpiece of the simplest “budget” curtains, but it is not recommended to use them in rooms with a ceiling below 2.5 m. As a material, you can take a fabric identical to the curtains, you can create a combined composition. The length of the classic lambrequin is 1/6 of the length of the curtain.
- Fringe – classic tassels and various threads and beads. Looks good only on expensive heavy curtains. A large number of openwork elements can adversely affect the appearance of your curtains.
- Grips and garters. Acceptable in any interior. They are necessary in rooms where curtains often close and open, for example, in a bedroom.
Of course, you can entrust the selection of curtains to specialists, but it is better to do it personally. Think about details color, material, style of curtains for each room. Only in this case you can create a truly cozy and unique design in your home.