Wondering About Your Windows? Design Your Curtain The Way You Like
I think everyone would agree that the design of your curtains or drapes can change the mood of
the entire room. We spend countless hours pondering on how to design them, or even go to the point of window
shopping in malls to get the right imagination to hit you.
Well, look no further. The answer to your window problems can be found in home decorating magazines that you can
find anywhere. Inside is a treasure throve of amazing window designs, as well as detailed descriptions on how to
Get the right design for your window
First step for a window makeover is to select a curtain that would look good on it. You need to make sure that
your design won't make your window look slapdash but instead make a lasting impression on anyone who is in the
You need to decide whether a floor-length curtain or a hanging piece will be perfect for your window. A
floor-length inspires a formal air, while a hanging curtain gives off a light and casual ambience.
Next stop will be the color of your choice. Even if your chosen design from a home decor magazine suits your
taste yet the color clashes horribly with the room color, then you are in a dilemma. Be creative in your task since
most designs aren't color dependent, so you have the freedom to pick out the best color to suit your room best.
Your creativity is your best design tool
Let's take your living room for example, if your window is overlooking a garden or somewhere with a broad
expanse, then a Jacquard curtain would be perfect. Its contemporary scroll design will add a custom archaic look to
your room; and since a decorative rod is used to hang the curtain, you won't have any problems putting it up, not
to mention that it adds to the details.
If you are more interested in light curtains instead of the heavy Jacquards, then a Monaco curtain will be
perfect for you. The drapes are sewn with pockets for a rod and are perfect for the living room or bedrooms.
Considering the nature of the design, this valance drapes into swags near the hem, and a tieback will set the mood
Give your window some accessories
Accessorizing isn't only for people but also for curtains as well. A few laces and voiles here and there could
dramatically accentuate your curtains looks immediately.
Choosing the right fabric is the heart and soul of your curtains. Cotton and polyester are the most common
fabrics used in curtains and are quite cheap. If you have your eyes set on a more luxurious design; then silk or
satin would be perfect.
Aside from the fabric, you can also change the pattern for your curtains; you can settle for embroidered with
assorted designs, stripes for a 2 color bargains, or even a floral pattern if you are into nature.
Simple tips to get started!
Now that you have the design firmly in mind, as well as the color and fabrics, you can now get started with
creating your very first curtain. First stop is to measure your window; if aiming for a hanging curtain then you
can just measure the length and width of your window, just make sure that you give an extra 4" at the bottom and
sides for your hem and around 3" for you rod pocket.
If you are aiming for a floor-length window, then you need to measure all the way down to the floor; just make
sure that you lessen around 3" so that your curtain won't spread ungainly on the floor when it's finished.
A very useful tip is to wash and dry your fabric first before attempting to cut or measure, this will allow the
fabric to shrink. Most fabrics shrink, and we don't want your finished product to shrink on the first wash. It's
also recommended that you iron out your fabric to make sure that you get a good straight surface to work with to
minimize, or eliminate, errors.
All in all, designing and creating curtains is quite easy. Paying attention to details, determination coupled
with a healthy dose of sweating will turn into a curtain that many will drool over.