4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Curtains

How to Choose the Perfect Curtains

Window curtains can either make or break the style of a room. While their main function is to provide protection from the harsh light of the sun, curtains also frame windows to highlight the view outside or accent the overall look of the room inside. Tree Classics gives you a list of things to consider when selecting draperies.

Modern Living Room by London Architects & Designers SHH – Spence, Harris, Hogan Associates

Tip #1: Consider the amount of light to filter.

You can choose curtains with varying light absorption and heat-insulating qualities depending on the amount of light you want to enter the room.

Opaque Curtains

Opaque curtains with uncoated fabric provide heat insulation due to the tight weave of the fabric. However, the fabric itself is typically not thick enough to completely absorb bright light. For maximum temperature control, the gap between the fabric and the window should be narrow.

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains stop light from passing through, thanks to special treatments and extra-tight woven fabrics. These help control the amount of brilliance that enters the room. They are designed to block out light from the outdoors, making them ideal for use in the bedroom.

Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains made from loosely woven fabric allow light to be transmitted through the drape. Sheer curtains lend a light and feathery luminescence to a room. Even in the winter, sheer curtains feel balmy and breezy. Sheers combined with solid drapes with double track systems allow for two layers of curtaining. They provide privacy, glare reduction, and heat insulation.

Tip #2: Allow your curtains to conceal flaws.

Drapery and curtains can be used to cover up any design flaw or structural problem with your windows.  If your windows are too short, you can make them look longer by attaching rods just below the ceiling molding and hanging long curtains that run down to the floor.

On the other hand, a deep cornice or valance above draperies with a bold horizontal pattern takes away the focus on awkwardly long windows.

To enhance the width of a narrow window, extend curtain rods beyond the window, double your panel width, and attach holdbacks close to the sides of the window, leaving as much glass exposed as possible.

Tip #3: Show your style.

Start with a color that suits your walls and furniture. By doing this, you create a link between the objects in the room and the curtains. The color selection can also create a look of warmth or coolness, add depth to a space, or provide a little pop of color.

Traditional Living Room by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Christy Dillard Kratzer


Solid curtains give you many decorating options. Color-coordinated window treatments produce a polished aesthetic. Patterned curtains enliven a room almost instantly, without having to repaint walls or replace furniture. Traditional patterns, such as florals and brocades, offer a timeless look. Contemporary designs, on the other hand, exhibit stripes and geometric shapes.

Eclectic Living Room by Birmingham Interior Designers & Decorators Tracery Interiors


Tip #4: Determine the length.

For a sleek and modern look in spaces such as the den or family room, have the panel fall flush with the floor. Keep in mind that curtains that stop short of the floor, ending at the top of floor moldings, look awkward. To remedy this, either have them tailored to meet the apron or windowsill, or lower the curtain rod so they meet the floor.

For a more traditional and romantic look in formal dining rooms or lavish bedrooms, try extra-long curtains that drape into puddles on the floor.

In kitchens, laundry rooms, and other utility rooms, curtains to the sill or to the bottom of the window trim offer a practical look that doesn’t interfere with tables and countertops.

Window treatments help define a space and add a finishing touch to the overall aesthetic. Throw away the misconception that window treatments should match throughout the home and start updating your décor today!