When it comes to curtains, what should you consider? This is one question most homeowners ask themselves, especially after moving to a new home. There are many things to consider like the design, fabric, colours and if they should purchase curtains that are custom made or off the shelf. Let's look at all these considerations to know what kind of curtain to get for your home.

1. Figure Out the Shape of Your Windows

The first thing you want to consider is the general shape of your windows. Here are the main shapes you see in windows - rectangle, square and arched. Each of these shapes requires its own kind of curtain rods. Rectangle-shaped windows usually call for a straight curtain rod.

Square windows are a little more tricky. While they can be covered with straight curtain rods, they usually call for curved curtain rods. This curve should be done naturally, following the shape of the window. Otherwise, it just looks like a mistake.

Arched windows call for a more ornamental and fancier treatment. Usually, they require an elaborate design with details and stitching. This may include using multiple curtain rods and even some rods that are not in line with the window frame.

2. Select the Right Material

There are a lot of fabrics to choose from. The main choice is between natural materials like cotton and silk and synthetic materials like vinyl and polyester. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons. For example, cotton is a natural fibre that makes it breathable and comfortable. On the other hand, silk or synthetic materials like rayon are often easier to maintain and do not require ironing.

Each fabric also has its own weight. The heaviest weight fabrics are usually made with natural fibres like cotton, which include velvet and brocade. On the other hand, the lightest weight fabrics are usually synthetic and include nylon, polyester and olefin.

3. Decide on the Style of Your Curtain

When it comes to curtains, there are a number of styles to choose from. These include ruffled, pleated, gathered and flat. Flat curtains are the simplest design. These curtains are usually made using one colour and one kind of material. This is the least expensive design but also the least ornamental.

Pleated curtains are a little more complicated than flat curtains. These are made with two or more colours and two or more materials. It is often very ornamental but takes more time to make.

4. Select the Right Colors

When it comes to colours, you have a lot of choices. For example, you can choose from neutral colours like black, white and brown. You can also choose from bold colours like blue, green and red. Neutral colours are a good choice if you want to make your room look bigger but want to keep it from looking too dramatic.

Bold colours are a great way to make a room look smaller. They are also a fun way to add a lot of fun to a room. If you want to make your room look bigger, it is also a good idea to use a bold colour as the primary colour. You can then use neutral colours for the secondary colour.

5. Measure the Window Before Purchase

While this seems like an obvious tip, many homeowners neglect to do it. As a result, they get home and find out that the curtains do not fit their windows. This is a problem because it means you have to return them and look for another one. It is also a waste of time and energy. To avoid this problem, it is a good idea to measure the window before you make a purchase.


Curtains can really add a lot to your home and make it look warm and cosy. If you follow the above tips, you will find it a lot easier to select the right curtains that will suit your home's look and feel.

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April 25, 2022 — Paul Masterson