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Important Principles You Need To Remember When Using Window Curtains

Updated on May 25, 2013

You decided to remove your old and faded curtains then it struck you: what are you suppose to replace them with? This is a hard question that can easily be answered if you know where to look for the answers.

Decorating your window is very important. It can tell so much about your personality. Whether you like it or not, your guests may judge you base on the curtains hanging in your window and the overall interior design of your home.

With these in mind, it is really important that you know some principles about window curtains. Read the following and get some ideas on how to use your curtains.

Know your purpose

Curtains are not just for shows. They are there for a purpose. Though it is nice to look at, it is very important that the curtain you choose will serve its purpose and not just for beautification.

In choosing a curtain, know what it is for. There are different types of curtains and they can also serve different functions. For example, if you want to increase the privacy of your bedroom or your bathroom, use a thicker curtain. Of course, this will also permit less sunlight getting into your room. If you still want to retain light and the same time, keep your privacy, you can choose a combination of light drapes and thick curtain.

You can also use window blinds, window shutters, and others to control the amount of light getting into your room. If you want an undisturbed sleep, you can choose heavy material curtains to keep the room dark. Curtains ready made are good in this job.

Make your window look larger

Bigger windows are better to look at than smaller ones. If you already have a window and it is small, there is not much you can do but to create an illusion. To achieve this, you need to install your curtain pool higher than usual. 15 cm to 30 cm will do. In addition to this, let the base of your curtain reach the floor. When you do this, you will see that your window will look larger and more eye-catching.

Increase your room’s natural light

This is done through increasing the length of the pole. This means that the pole should extend beyond your window’s edge 30 cm to 45 cm. The added length will let you set the curtains aside as far as possible so that the curtain will not anymore obstruct light from coming in your room. Moreover, the added length of the pole will create an illusion that your narrow window looks wider.

Add lining

Lining is especially beneficial but it can still have its drawbacks. On the positive note, when you add lining, it can be a big plus to its aesthetic design. But lined curtains are hard to wash and it takes a lot of time. You just have to weigh the pros and cons when using lined curtains.

These are just some of the principles that you should remember when using window curtains. Applying these principles will help you decorate your room better.


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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great tips here! Here in the south, curtains need linings for sure! I have used that trick to make windows appear larger too.

      Very useful hub here. Voted up + and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper