Why You Should Go With Curtains?
Curtains and drapes are available in any style, color, pattern, and texture that you can imagine. You literally have thousands of choices of fabrics from which to choose. You also have hundreds of designs and styles to decide on, and you can add any trim in the form of decorative fabric tapes, beads, tassels, or buttons to make your creation truly your own. Curtains are generally used for lighter-weight fabrics, and drapery panels are the generally thick fabric that may include a liner on the back for better energy efficiency. When you use an interior designer, she can help you choose the best curtains or drapes for your home.
Pros of Choosing Curtains for Your Home or Apartment
You have many great reasons for choosing to go with curtains or drapes for your window coverings in your home or your apartment. Many apartments have blinds in the windows when you first arrive. In this case, you can add fabric window treatments to the blinds for a layered look. Some of the great benefits include:
- Offers better light control
- Offers better sound control
- It offers more design possibilities
- Budget-friendly/less expensive
- Hassle-free maintenance
1. Offers Better Light Control
The type of fabric and its thickness directly affects your lighting control in your windows. For example, if you get a little sun in a particular window and would like a light and airy feel to your room, you may decide on sheer curtain panels that will blow softly in the wind when the weather is nice, and you have your windows open. On the other hand, you may choose a more luxurious fabric that is thicker to cover windows in a formal dining or living room to add elegance to your rooms. Custom draperies and curtains are guaranteed to fit perfectly, as a designer will help you choose your products and measure your windows to ensure a great fit and a great look. It’s also super easy to merely slide your drapes or curtains open to the sides when you want an unobstructed view out of your window. Instead, you may close them entirely for privacy or adjust them anywhere in between to control light, heat, and glare. The operation is simple by hand, and there are no pull cords, wands, or roller mechanisms that will eventually wear out or break.
2. Offers Better Sound Control
Not be very close to you to disturb you. However, if you live on a busy street, you will hear traffic and lawn crews working in your yard or nearby lawns. When you choose curtains or draperies, you can choose a thicker fabric to have better sound blocking abilities. If you look at some fabrics to compare them, you will see that the thicker fabrics have a tighter weave to let less light and sound into your home or apartment. If you absolutely fall in love with a lighter fabric but do want sound dampening capabilities, you can always have a liner or a blackout liner added to its rear to make it a thermal curtain. Your beautiful fabric window coverings will look the same, but they will be more energy-efficient, have better sound control, and your fabric won’t fade in the bright sunlight coming in the windows.
3. Offers More Design Capabilities
Other types of window treatments such as blinds and shades can be made from different fabrics also. However, that is about where the design capabilities end with them. Using fabric for drapes or curtains allows you to choose from any style of decor you wish. There are many different design styles from which to choose, such as traditional, modern, contemporary, shabby-chic, farmhouse, Mediterranean, rustic, Asian, tropical, southwestern, vintage, and the list just goes on.
Fabric window treatments also give you the choice of adding layers to your windows for a sophisticated look and feel. You may have solid color drapery panels with a cheerfully patterned valance at the top. Some homeowners like the style of a sheer panel with side panels too. You can add a trim of any sort to your tiebacks and on the bottom of the valance and the drapery panels to tie your look all in with the rest of your rooms.
4. Budget-Friendly/Less Expensive
Working with a designer for custom curtain panels and draperies gives you so many more advantages than simply ordering window treatments from a big box store that may not look too great or fit well. For example, let’s say you find a specific color and pattern that you really like in a designer fabric, but it’s a bit pricey for your budget. An experienced designer can offer you another type of fabric that is very close to the same one but at a lower price. You can then decide if this will work best for you. Your designer will keep you on budget while offering you a plethora of different choices, styles, and designs to fit all of your needs.
5. Hassle-Free Maintenance
Keeping blinds and shutters clean can be quite a task. Each vane and slat should be cleaned thoroughly on both sides. However, you will find that using fabric window treatments can really be a time-saver and help people with allergies when you can clean them easily. Several fabric types can be cleaned at home. Some fabrics can be cleaned in your washing machine on a delicate cycle, and others will need to be hand-washed. Always use a gentle detergent to clean them thoroughly. You can use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner for simple upkeep between cleanings and clean both sides. Remember that if you have a liner on your drapes or curtains, you should have them dry-cleaned because it or the fabric may shrink and won’t look pristine anymore.
Cons of Fabric Window Treatments
There are a few cons to having custom fabric window treatments, but they can also be mostly avoided. Curtains may let in too much light and seem too informal. Your solution is to add a liner to block more light and choose a more elegant style instead of a simple rod pocket curtain. Cons for drapes in thicker fabrics are that they may be soiled easily if you have kids or pets or use them in wet zones of your home or apartment, such as kitchens and bathrooms. You can use the same color and pattern combinations you love but in a lighter fabric. Heavy drapes will also make more noise when you slide them open and closed, which isn’t really a large concern unless they are in a bedroom and someone is sleeping. Do remember that heavier fabrics need brackets and drapery rods that can support their weight.
Best Areas in Your Home to Use Curtains
Actually, you can use curtains or drapes in any area of your home that you wish. You don’t want them to be too near to a water source or in a splash zone in the kitchen and bathroom because they will soil easily. You may opt for a simple valance over the kitchen sink or near the bathroom sink for them to work well. Most homeowners prefer a heavier fabric or a fabric with a liner in the bedrooms to keep light and heat out for a restful night’s sleep. If your dining room windows don’t get a lot of suns and they are informal, you may consider cafe-style curtains that only cover the bottom half of the window. This allows some privacy while sitting down and dining but still allows some natural light into your space. Custom curtains and draperies also work well with specialty-shaped windows to let their architectural beauty shine.
Interiors by Harriet J offers window treatment products and services. Give us a call, and our team can help you choose the best window treatments for your home or apartment.