Does the thought of choosing and hanging new curtains make you feel like you need some sort of qualification? I certainly felt like it! With so many varieties to choose from it can be hard to decide what will look great in your home that’s also on-budget and straight-forward to install. But rather than them muddying the waters imagine these as simply giving you more fab options for your home.
Outlined below are the types of ready made curtains available from The Range, the numerous advantages of lined curtains and a quick word on the use of colour and pattern.
So, from the top…
Use Your Header
If you’ve an awkward window or doorway to dress I’ve found you can always depend on the popular and very versatile pencil pleat curtain (you’ll also see this called tape top). This header type has three hook positions to suit any curtain pole or track you already have and the width is adjusted by pulling the in-built tapes to gather up the fabric to the width you need, working brilliantly with even very narrow windows, like that pesky one in the bathroom! (We’ve all got one).
Eye-catching eyelets give the most contemporary effect. The metal eyelets spaced apart allow the fabric to hang in big, even pleats on any curtain pole (but isn’t suitable for tracks) with no need for hooks or tapes. I love this style for being the easiest to hang and for the modern feel.
By far one of the simplest designs, the tab top header uses the same concept as eyelets with fabric loops that fit along any curtain pole (a popular design for simple voile curtains). I personally really like the elegance of the loops that create a contemporary boudoir look. Just be aware these work best where they will not be used too heavily, as they don’t always move along poles as easily as metal eyelets and with too much tugging might suffer premature wear and tear.
The similarly simple slot top header type is often used with voile curtains too. Sewn into the header is a cavity that passes over the pole, with a more robust design than the above tab top.
Layer Up With Linings – Take it from a believer, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits by using lined curtains as opposed to unlined:
- If, like me, you find your sleep is rudely disturbed by bright light, linings help to reduce light intrusion from early morning sunrises, car headlamps, street lighting, your neighbour’s annoying security light…
- Curtain linings also reduce the amount of outside noise that invades your oasis of calm, such as from cars, trains, planes, twittering birds and twittering pedestrians. A darker, quieter bedroom means a good night’s sleep all round!
- Extra layers mean extra insulation; lined curtains help keep more precious heat in your home, keeping those heating bills down to a less eye-watering level!
- Linings also help to prolong the lifespan of the curtains by protecting them against frustrating fading of your carefully chosen fabric by harsh sunlight, this background also enhances the colours and patterns AND adds extra weight to keep the curtains hanging down long and lovely. Win, win and win!
Let There Be No Light
“When the lights hurt my brain, Sometimes I pray for a blackout”
If the lyrics of Wretch 32 ring true with you too, especially as the days become longer, you’ll be pleased to know that Blackout and Thermal curtains take all of the above benefits of lined curtains a leap further with thicker, specially designed layers of fabric and coatings for the best light-blocking and heat-keeping ability. I’ve found even using just two pairs of blackout curtains has proved an investment; not only do I value a good night’s sleep but heating bills now look a whole lot friendlier!
Complement Your Colour Scheme
You may already have a fab colour in mind for your next pair of curtains, but if you’re having trouble choosing, go for a shade that matches your largest piece of furniture in that room for a well put-together look. I thought of all sorts of colours that might complement our black and grey sofa, but in the end selecting a closely matching grey pair of curtains was definitely the best option and gives the space a very sophisticated look (even for me!).
To make life easier TheRange.co.uk allows you to Shop By Colour.
The Final Dilemma: Plain or Patterned?
If you have a number of different patterns and designs in your room solid colour curtains are most likely to complement your decor and prevent the room ending up a busy mish-mash of patterns. But if you have a mostly plain style in your living space a patterned curtain pair can become a real feature piece in the room, especially if you’re looking to take attention away from the scary side table from Aunt Mary.
Big, bold statement prints are right on-trend at the moment and there are many fabulous designs available from The Range! Maybe the Floyd Curtains with a striking design, very Great Gatsby!