5 IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU'RE BUYING CURTAINS
Curtains make a room, but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to window treatments, it's a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, so here are some important things to consider when selecting the right curtains for your home.
COLOR AND FABRIC
Fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best.
LENGTH AND LINING
Before you take out the tape measure, decide how high above the window you'd like the curtains to begin. Designers often hang curtains about six inches above the window frame, but for a dramatic look, some go higher.
Measure from the top of the window (plus the added inches of height where the curtains will hang from) to the floor. For a more traditional look, with the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you'll want to add another two or three inches to your length. For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor.
OFF-THE-SHELF AND CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS
Custom window treatments offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly-fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options, though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.
WASHER MACHINE FRIENDLY VS. DRY CLEAN ONLY
Determine whether you're going to buy dry-clean only or washer machine friendly curtains it will save you time and money in the long run. Keep in mind that you can ruin high-quality curtains by trying to wash them yourself.
IN-HOME VS. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS
Get your curtains right with a home consultation. Some companies will send a consultant to your home to help you decide on colors, textures and finishes that blend perfectly with your design saving you a few trips to the store.