5 more tips for choosing the right curtains

Curtains can make or break a room. They can transform a dark, drab space into a delightful one; provide shade, privacy and light as you wish; and they can generally serve as an excellent design accessory that shows off your tastes and influences perfectly.

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Choosing the best curtains for your home takes a fair amount of time and thought, especially if you want to avoid making an expensive mistake by choosing in haste. Here are some more great tips on how to source the right window dressings without stress and fuss.

1. Spend as much as you can reasonably afford

A decent budget brings more choice of fabrics, designs and colours, but it also means you get curtains that hang well, look good, and last for a long time. It’s definitely worth the investment, and you could get a real bargain by looking around for top names in sales or on offer and trading up.

2. Pay attention to pattern and prints

If the curtains are the first thing to be chosen in a blank canvas room, you have free reign over the colours and patterns. Go wild for bold patterns or busy designs. However, if you have to make the existing furniture and soft furnishings fit into the space, avoid clashing shades or patterns. Plain curtains with patterned furniture or carpets is the general rule of thumb.

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3. Don’t forget the extensions

Those with conservatories Tewkesbury way and elsewhere could be enjoying the sunny days without baking by hanging specially designed curtains made to protect people from intense heat while letting in lots of light. Visit the conservatory showroom in Tewkesbury for inspiration and advice.

4. Pick the best curtain heading for your space

You may decide that in a curtain pole works best in some rooms, while others are better suited to tab tops or one of the many forms of pleat. There are no definite rules, so feel free to mix and match as it suits you. In most cases, the windows in any one room should be dressed in the same way where possible.

5. Don’t forget the linings

Lined curtains are better at blocking out heat, light (day and night), and noise, and they also reduce the fading effect on curtains hung at particularly sunny windows.