5 considerations when selecting curtains for every room
When it comes time to install new curtains, the choices can seem overwhelming. Should you select a cheaper option to save money? How do you choose the fabric and style for each room?
Thankfully, curtain selection doesn't have to be over-complicated. This guide makes curtain selection into an easy, step-by-step process.
You don't have to choose between cost and quality. At iSeekBlinds, we empower you to save with high quality, custom-made curtains that you can DIY install. We make it easy to shop for curtains in every room of the house.
1. Know the purpose of the room
The best place to start when selecting curtains is to decide what you need them to achieve. While curtains serve to add texture and style to any room, they also need to be practical!
For example, in living areas, you want to achieve privacy during the days and evenings. Lighter fabrics and sheer curtains are practical, giving you the flexibility to design the room in your style.
In bedrooms, the main goal might be to block out light during the daylight-savings months, to allow you to get a better night of sleep. Heavier drapes paired with sheer curtains may be more suitable.
2. Choose the tracks and installation options
There are a few different ways that you can hang curtains. You can choose to mount curtain tracks on the ceiling or the wall above the window architrave. Ceiling mounted curtains will add the perception of height to the room.
You can also choose between standard curtain tracks and motorised tracks. You may choose to motorise the curtain tracks in bedrooms, allowing you to let the light in each morning without getting out of bed.
Most curtain types look best mounted on S-fold curtain tracks. This modern curtain mounting style creates less bulking 'stacking' of fabric when the curtains are open. You'll have a better view from the window, with more natural light entering the room.
S-fold curtains hang gracefully in dynamic waves of fabric when closed. When S-fold curtains are open, the pattern and fabric colour is visible, as the curtains frame the open window.
3. Choosing curtain fabric
This step is key to curtains that will last and meet your aesthetic goals. At this step, consider the room's purpose to decide what you need the curtains to achieve.
Blockout fabrics are heavy to midweight, will block the light completely and are great for darkening rooms and providing night time privacy.
Sheer fabrics are lighter in weight, gently filter the natural light and provide daytime privacy, making them ideal for any room of the home.
Insulating the room
Another consideration is the insulating properties of the fabric. Reducing heat transfer at windows can help to maintain the indoor temperature and contribute to reducing power costs.
Blockout fabrics are often lined and have the highest insulating properties. Layering blockout curtains with sheers can help to keep a room warm in winter or cool in summer.
Matching your lifestyle
The curtain fabric you choose needs to suit your lifestyle. If you have a young family, you might opt for more durable curtain material for areas of high traffic and use.
Choosing curtains that are easy to clean makes the annual spring clean faster. Delicate or high maintenance fabrics can be kept for a formal dining room, formal lounge or master bedroom.
Keeping you and your loved ones healthy and safe at home
Finally, it's important to remember that curtain fabric should protect you from UV rays from the sun when inside your home. Choosing natural material designed for the Australian climate, with flame retardant properties, will contribute to keeping those inside the home healthy and safe. You can find out about our fabrics here.
4. Curtain colour and texture selection
While curtain colour selection is a personal preference, there are some guidelines you can follow.
- Match curtains to other decor items such as furniture, cushions or throws to complete a look
- Select colours that are either a few shades lighter or a few shades darker than your walls
- Choose lighter colours to make a room appear larger
- Dark colours provide a contemporary vibe and are less likely to show dust
- Solid and neutral colours are easy to match with your decor
- Bright, contrasting colours or prints can make the window a feature of the room
If you choose a patterned fabric, it's worth noting that a tiny, intricate pattern will appear to be texture when viewed from a distance.
5. The advantages of custom made over off-the-shelf curtains
If your windows are a standard size, off-the-shelf curtains may be suitable. That said, if there's a particular aesthetic you want to achieve, having your curtains custom made means that you can order curtains made to measure and select the fabric, too.
With custom made curtains, you can choose the drop style, length and mounting style to achieve the look that you want for every room. Plus, you can install custom made curtains yourself with plenty of support and advice from our friendly team.
Are you ready to select your new curtains? Shop by room to find the perfect curtains for every part of the house.