Home Décor Dilemma: When Are Curtains the Right Choice?

Traditionally, curtains are just thrown onto windows since they just go. Right? But walking aisle after aisle at the store and endless searching online hasn’t helped you decide if you really need it…or want curtains. And are curtains even right for what you want? Or was it drapes you were looking for? 

What’s the difference between curtains and drapes, anyway? 

Drapes are more likely to be lined, heavy, and a bit stiff. Curtains, on the other hand, are light and unlined. And since curtains are much lighter than drapes, you can pair curtains with different hanging options such as fabric or metal sleeves, rings, or grommets.

So, is your new space feeling a bare? Or maybe it’s time to freshen it up a bit?

Curtains can breathe new life into a space.

Use curtains to add height, texture, color, or pattern to a room. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Collective thinking is to hang curtains flush to the window frame. That’s okay, but in some cases, it can make your space appear even less spacious than it is. Hanging curtains above the frame so that they lightly brush the ground creates an illusion of height in a tight space. The point here is to draw the eye upwards.

Add a little texture to your space using curtains. Seriously. Lace, sheer, bamboo, pleated, and ruffles can add character to any stale feel. For instance, pleated drapes can add a dramatic effect to a dining room, while sheer curtains in your living room exude vibrancy. The goal is to add visual appeal to create an effect.

Lastly, color can affect the mood of anyone that steps into a specific room, but painting is a big commitment. What happens when you want to change up the functionality of your space? Try the color on curtains to set the intended atmosphere. If you’re going to bring a refreshing or calming element, blue is the way to go. A splash of red can help build appetite in a kitchen. Lavender is excellent for relaxation, while green inspires concentration.

If you live in a colder climate, drapes, of course, can be used to give the same effects.

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