If you are thinking about redesigning your bedroom, lounge, or study area – curtains are probably not going to be your priority. There are all kinds of exciting things to think about – from armchairs to daybeds, color palettes, table lamps, bookshelves, and stylish area rugs. Yet, it is worth taking the time to think about your choice of drape or curtain fabric, because it can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of a room.
Besides, there is an endless variety of colors, styles, patterns, and textures to choose from. Shopping for curtain fabric can be a fun and exciting process because there is, on the whole, less pressure when it comes to interior decor.
For instance, if you’re buying a sofa, you’re going to want to get it right the first time. You do want to end up with great curtains, but high-quality fabric can be found at a great price, so you can always mix and match without breaking the bank.
This guide for picking the right curtain fabric will help you make the right choice for your home.
Deciding where to start
The first place to start is with your specific needs. Ultimately, what you want from your curtains will determine what kind of fabric you should buy. Fortunately, the market is flooded with plenty of great fabric suppliers who can hook you up with high-quality material.
Think carefully about whether you would prefer heavy lined drapes or lighter material. If you are decorating a bedroom, lined fabric is the best choice because it blocks out sunlight and will stop you from being woken up prematurely in the morning.
Picking the right texture
When looking for a suitable texture, take into account the overall mood of the space. In relatively formal areas like fancy sitting or dining rooms, lined silk or velvet can create a truly sumptuous and luxurious atmosphere. These fabrics can be quite tricky to clean though, so keep this in mind when browsing.
A more practical and low maintenance fabric is something silk rayon or cotton sateen. For a light and breezy vibe (which is ideal for summer) opt for soft linen or cotton.
Going crazy for color
The choice to make about color is whether you want the curtain fabric to blend in with the rest of the décor or stand out. If you’d prefer the latter, opt for a bright and bold accent color. The thing about vibrant hues is that they won’t take over space if you restrict them to just a few splashes and spots. So, for instance, you could add vibrant curtains and complement them with scatter cushions in the same tone.
A penchant for prints and patterns
The best piece of advice when shopping for bedrooms is to choose an oppositional pattern. So, if you already have quite a distinctly patterned bedspread or your furniture is fairly characteristic, mellow out the mood with solid color curtain fabric. Alternatively, if the rest of the room is pattern-free, you can get away with incorporating a cute and quirky print. A classic option like polka dots or paisley never go out of style, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
Feeling the fabric
There is no substitute for getting out there and interacting with the fabric yourself. It simply isn’t the same experience if you order it online, without having seen or felt it first. The sensation is key to shopping for great curtain fabrics; getting up close will help you determine whether a pattern, texture, size, or color is the right option.
As there are so many great fabric stores and showrooms out there, there’s no excuse for not going shopping.