Not to see the white light: how to choose the right curtains

Curtains are a practical interior detail that protects the room from dust, sunlight during the day and lanterns at night. The widest selection of products is presented on the market today – how not to be mistaken and choose the right one? About this – in our material.
Types of curtains
Classic curtains are rectangular panels that cover the window opening. Such textiles are fastened by means of hooks, eyelets, ribbons or rings.

Roman blinds are fixed in a special way on a special cornice with a lifting mechanism. When lifted, the cloth of fabric gathers into wavy, even folds. The web only moves up and down. The size of the curtain is limited by the length and width of the window opening.

English curtains are a more sophisticated version of Roman curtains. The climbing ropes are replaced with ribbons or decorative cords. The bottom is usually decorated with fringe, lace, ruffle or trim.

A distinctive feature of French curtains is scalloped folds. From the inside out, a cord is threaded through them. Modern curtain rods allow such curtains to be moved aside and raised.

Austrian curtains resemble French ones, but they have folds only up to half of the canvas. In addition, they are equipped with a horizontal lifting system – like the Roman ones. Such curtains can be used as lambrequins














Roller blinds are a smooth fabric that, when lifted, curls into a roll. The length is adjustable by means of a chain mechanism and a retainer. The design is open and closed.

Cafe curtains are decorative curtains that are attached to small special cornices. In the middle, the fabric is gathered with grabs. The construction resembles an hourglass in shape.

Japanese curtains are a cross between curtains and sliding partitions. These are straight and narrow panels that slide along the rail guides.

Blinds have advantages over conventional textile accessories. They simultaneously transmit light and air, while protecting well from prying eyes and light. Blinds are mounted on any windows, do not take up much space, and are easy to clean.

Fabric type
Curtains can be sewn from any material, but it is better when special fabrics are used. Manufacturers often make light veils and organza heavier by sewing on a dense braid from below. For French, English and Austrian species, they choose synthetics that are folded and do not wrinkle.

The vast majority of curtains are now made of synthetic fabric – polyester. Such material may outwardly resemble velvet, silk, taffeta and satin.

Linen and cotton are used from natural fabrics. A separate type is synthetic blackout material. On one side of the curtains, a layer is applied from it that does not transmit light.

Room size
In long and narrow spaces, it is best not to use dark draperies. They will create a tunnel effect. At low ceilings, fluffy lambrequins are inappropriate. This decor is the best choice for a large hall. Lambrequins will dilute the monotonous design and visually separate the walls. In a small kitchen-living room, the curtains must exactly match the color and finish of the room.

It is important to pay attention to what pieces of furniture and household appliances are installed in the room. Wide curtains can be used to hide the central heating risers. If there is a table close to the window, it is better to tell a story of a Roman construction.

Additional decorative elements
Lambrequin is a smooth or gathered piece of fabric that is used to decorate the upper part of curtains. The design can be hard or soft, complemented with scallops, tassels, appliqu├ęs, flounces.

Jabot is a cascade of folds in the form of a scarf, which is placed on one edge of a soft lambrequin. It is sometimes called “curtain tie”.

Lambrequin can be mounted on a bando – a rigid plastic or wooden frame. The structure is covered with fabric and decorated with drapery.

Swag is a gathered fabric, the edges of which fall in beautiful folds. Designs can be with symmetrical or asymmetrical “shoulders”.

Coquille is a composition in which folds are arranged symmetrically on both sides of the swag.

Different curtains for different rooms
When choosing curtains, it is worth remembering the purpose and interior of the room. Different rooms need different solutions.

Living room
Classic curtains fit perfectly into any living room. With the help of such structures, you can visually expand or extend the window opening. To do this, you need to hang the cornice 20-30 cm above the window. The length of the curtains can be:

short – 2 cm above the windowsill;
medium – 15-20 cm below the windowsill;
long – 2-3 cm above the floor.
In the loft, techno and minimalism styles, Roman, Japanese and roll designs will fit well. They do not attract much attention and only serve a practical role.

Kitchen curtains should be odor-repellent and easy to wash. Linen, cotton and polyester are good material choices. Easy to clean and look good in small kitchens, roll and roman versions.

Curtains for the nursery should be made of natural fabric, easy to remove and put on on the cornice. For a small child, it is better to choose curtains with an interesting print. It is better to hang textiles in neutral shades (gray, beige) in the teenager’s room.

If the bedroom window is visible from neighboring houses, it is better to choose double curtains. The first layer should be transparent and the second dense. Floor-length fabric curtains will fit both classic and modern interiors. Textiles can be very different: both saturated and neutral.