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Basics About How To Choose Drapes & Curtains - Plain v/s Printed

Updated on February 10, 2013
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Some of the fundamental questions that would arise in your mind while choosing curtains or window drapes would be whether to go for plain or printed curtains, sober colors or bright ones. Keep some basic things in mind and you will never go wrong in choosing window drapes.

Choosing window drapes for your home or curtains for your office can be a daunting task. Generally keeping a few basic principles in mind will help you cruise along in the selection process. This article is all about choosing the right window drapes for when you go shopping for curtains.

When choosing window drapes for your home or office, the first thing that you need to consider is the degree of formality of the place. This degree will determine the kind of settings you need. As a basic thumb rule, the more formal the place the more simple yet elegant the settings. On the other extreme, places like personal bedrooms can have all the frills that you desire.

An office is definitely more formal than a home. Naturally your office would require a somber setting that sets the mood for a comfortable yet elegant work space.

 

Take Inspiration

Look around your office for clues to how you should be setting it up. Is the furniture plain leather or upholstery? Are the walls simple with sober light shade colors like off white, mauve, light pink et all? If so, think no more and go for plain colored curtains to compliment the overall settings of the place.

In case your office is more contemporary and caters to the bright side of things, like in the case of some hotels, restaurants, children schools, educational institutes et all, you can go for bright colors for the window dressings as well. This will go with the overall mood of the place. You can go for colors like bright yellow, orange, red, parrot green or even ink blue as per the settings of the place. Even contrasts look good in such a setting and you could have a kaleidoscope of colors to brighten up the place.

Size Matters

The size of your room will determine the color of the curtains that would look best in your office. In case your office space is small in size, say like a cabin, you should go in for light color curtains. Beige and gray look best in such a case.

In case of a larger, more ornate office, you can afford to have more stark contrasts between your walls and the window dressings. For instance, if you have off white walls, you could go for brown, dark blue, maroon, even bottle green curtains to give a look of richness. Using these bright colors will also tend to cheer you up whenever you are having an off day.

 

Prints For the Office

In case you a prints buff, there are certain prints you can comfortably put in the office without their looking out of place. Opt for simple designs such as geometric designs, or self motifs in your window drapes. Look for prints that blend well into the curtains. Checks generally do well here.

Avoid too bright a contrast between the print and the background as that will make the wall curtain look garish and ungainly.

So go ahead and choose your curtains carefully. Watch this space for more ideas and basics coming your way soon!

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