How To Choose Curtain Material

When it comes to successful interior design schemes, it’s all about the finishing touches. You could have the most beautiful furniture and home decor items, but if you neglect the finer details, you’ll never be fully satisfied with the end result.

It always pays to do as much research as you can into the various materials and fabrics there are so you can make sure that you pick the most suitable ones for the space and the job at hand.

This is especially true for made to measure curtains, as there are countless different options out there and they do represent a relatively significant investment, so you want to make sure that you choose wisely the first time round.

Think about the room that you’re decorating and what kind of overall aesthetic you want to achieve, as this will help inform your material decisions. When choosing your fabric, think about how much sunlight you’re going to want streaming into the room and consider the look and feel of the space, as well.

A bedroom, for example, may benefit from a heavier fabric since you’re going to want it to be nice and dark for bedtime, while the kitchen could suit a lighter, sheerer material or even a roller blind, so you can see what you’re doing while cooking up a feast for the family.

Another consideration to bear in mind when choosing your new curtains, drapes or blinds is maintenance. Washing your curtains every six months or so is advisable to keep them looking beautiful and so they stand the test of time, but certain fabrics may require more upkeep than others and may not be suited to going through the washing machine.

Cotton or synthetic materials can go in the washing machine, or you can wash them by hand if you’ve had them lined - and these would be ideal fabric choices for anyone with a busy schedule. But fabrics like wool, silk and velvet will likely have to be dry-cleaned in order to retain their shape and their beautiful colours.

Drape is also very important when it comes to curtain choice and you can see how curtains will fall when hung in the window if you order a large sample piece and pleat it at the top. If you notice that it’s beginning to flare out, it is unlikely to serve you well as a choice of fabric for your curtains.

Velvet, silk and linen are all excellent materials for curtains as they hang beautifully, while suede and tapestry can help keep the cold out and block light where necessary. If you’d like any further help or advice relating to curtains for your home, get in touch with the McAlister Textiles team today.

Check out the Living Etc website for even more hints and tips for curtain choices.

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