What you need to know when choosing curtains:

So, it’s time for a new window treatment. You’ve decided that your windows need a change. Curtains have the ability to make or break a room. The options you have are limitless, so how do you choose? This guide will help you make the perfect decisions you need to make your space a little more you.

There are many decisions you need to make, and the first one is which fabric to choose. Curtains come in all kinds of fabrics, and you need to choose what’s right for your home. Heavy, dark curtains are ideal in the winter time. These materials, suede, velvet, and tapestry are best for insulating in the cold months. Thin, silky sheer curtains are best for the warmer months. There are a few specific materials that are known to hang best on windows, draping perfectly and wrinkling the least. These fabrics, linen, and silk are often the best as far as how they hang. Faux silk is also a good option and is less likely to degrade in the sun (a problem that may occur over time with real silk).

 
Helpful tips: when choosing curtains, try to contrast with the space. If everything in your room is a solid color, you might want to go with patterned curtains. If everything in your room is patterned, it’s best to go with something solid to avoid clashing.
Some of the options:
lime green living room curtains

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The curtains you choose should not only match the room around them, they should accentuate it in some way. This leaf print adds to this mostly white room. The hint of vines tapering off into the white adds the burst of color this room needed. The second set, a solid green, acts as a framing for this beautiful setup. The thin, translucent curtain also allows for light to come through, keeping the living room bright and airy.

 

gray and white sheer curtains

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This smoky sheer curtain shows the way that gentle patterns are sometimes the best patterns. This mountainous design stands out just enough from the wall, without having a dominating presence.

 

blue and white kids owl curtains

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Do you love owls? Lots of people do, and this blue ode to owls will add to the blue room in your house. This curtain is ideal in a room that is painted blue, has blue accents, or tapestries hanging on the walls. It can give a kind of Bohemian feel to your living space.

 

mint green and pink flamingo curtains

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Curtains can be your statement to the outside world, and this one says, “I’m fun, and I wish I was at the beach!” This burst of color will show people on the outside of your house that you have a great sense of style, and that your house is your own personal tropical paradise.

 

emerald green solid curtains

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Many rooms benefit from dual drapes, and this is a perfect example of how. The underneath curtain is a sheer white fabric with small golden trees on it. On top, the emerald green can provide a blocking of the sun when it’s too bright outside, or a unique framing that contrasts the layer underneath.

 

white dragonfly sheer curtains

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This curtain is a perfect example of the thin, light summer fabric I mentioned before. The sheerness of it allows the sun to come through, keeping the room bright as long as there’s light outside. This room has no patterns we can see, so the flowery theme of this curtain doesn’t clash with any part of the room.  

 

blue star curtains for boys room

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Don’t fret, we haven’t forgotten kid’s rooms! This fun, colorful space-themed curtain is perfect for your little astronaut-in-training. In a matching blue room, or even in a plain white room, this can be exactly what your little one needs. This curtain is perfect for boys or girls, and can be enhanced using glow in the dark stars on the ceiling.  

 

blue cotton country curtains

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This curtain has a simple, white pattern on it that is matched by the second set of curtains. The curtain breaks at the floor. This means it’s long enough to do a little more than touching the floor. The blue of the curtains is slightly different from the blue on the wall. This difference is crucial, because it makes sure that your window doesn’t simply disappear into your walls. No one wants their window to disappear! 

 

cactus natural curtains

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This cactus print curtain is perfect for the fun, colorful room in your house. Whether it be your living room, dining room, or a bedroom, this curtain is a colorful, quiet addition to any room. It doesn’t demand the attention of the eye, but it adds to the room around it.

 

DIY:

Now, let’s say you haven’t found any curtains that you like while out shopping. Solution: Make your own!

Let’s be honest, curtains are often just too expensive. You want to change the look of your room, but you don’t want to break the bank. Making curtains will save that money. Now first, curtains are just fabric. This means that step one of making your own curtains is choosing a fabric. When creating curtains, you need to think about how a fabric acts. You don’t want a fabric that will crinkle and constantly look like a shirt that needs to be ironed. At the same time, you don’t want a fabric that’s so heavy that it will probably pull the rod off the wall. The fabrics I mentioned above (velvet, silk, etc.) are all perfect for the do-it-yourself curtain maker.

 

Curtain Fabrics/Patterns
Decorative Accessories

 

Once you’ve chosen your fabric, you need to choose a curtain rod. The rod should match or contrast the curtain, whichever suits you best. Make sure that it’s wide enough for your window (measure, measure, measure!) and prepare for the tricky part!

Black Aluminum Curtain Rod
Black Aluminum Double Straight Modern Curtain Rods
Green Aluminum Double Decorative Curtain Rod
Green Aluminum Curtain Rod

 

Every store made curtain has a pocket at the top for the curtain rod to go through, and a hem at the bottom. With your own fabric you’ll need to create this pocket on your own and hem on your own. This is where measuring comes in handy. The pocket at the top should be wide enough to fit over the rod with about one extra inch. Always measure twice before you do anything. If you have a sewing machine this next part will be easy. Sew straight across to seal the pocket where the rod will go. If you don’t have a sewing machine I don’t suggest sewing them by hand. It’s time consuming, difficult, and may result in a crooked line across the top of your otherwise perfect curtains. Don’t fret, there are tons of alternatives to sewing.

Sew
Iron

 

When no sewing machine is available (or you don’t want to use one) you have to get creative. The two options I will suggest depend on the fabric you’re using. First, for more durable fabrics, there is iron on hem tape. This tape is double sided, and when heated up with an iron, it’s durable enough to hold the hem and support your curtain on the curtain rod. The second option, which should only be used on thin, lighter fabrics, is a hot glue gun. Glue will do the job just fine on your thinner curtains, but should not be trusted with your bigger, denser, heavier fabrics. There are other options you can research online, but these are the two I would recommend. Other options that are mentioned online are things like staples, clothespins, and tape. I do not recommend any of these. Some of them will appear tacky (staples) and others might not hold (clothespins and tape). Go the more traditional route!

A final note on creating your own curtains, make sure to measure ahead of time. Your curtains are going to hang from above the window down to the floor (whether they stop at the floor or break at the floor) and you need to make sure you leave enough space to hem them, build the curtain rod pocket, and that they’re wide enough to hang the way you want. Keep this in mind, and you’ve got the perfect curtains or custom curtains.

I hope this guide has helped you. Now get out there, get or make some new curtains, and change your house just in time for the summer! Happy shopping!

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