Curtains in the interior play an important role. They not only add character to the room, but also protect it from the sun and drafts, as well as protect the privacy of the owners. It is quite simple to choose curtains if you understand a little about this issue.
What it is?
Curtains are curtains made of dense material that perform not only a decorative, but also a protective function. Curtains are often installed with their light "cousins" - curtains. This tandem is typical for most halls, living rooms, bedrooms.
Curtains can be made of various materials with a pattern or plain dyed. Materials can be used both artificial and natural, depending on the functional purpose and stylistic features of the room. Curtains in French mean "door", so for the window they serve as a kind of "door" from various climatic influences and other people's curiosity.
There can be two or one curtains. It is more common to see two curtains sliding in different directions than one fixed one. As a decor for curtains, pick-ups are selected and various lambrequins are used.
In modern interiors, you can often see curtains that complement a roller or roman blind or blinds. This technique combines practicality and style: curtains add coziness to the room, and curtains protect from the sun. This approach is relevant in cases where medium-density fabric is chosen for the curtains, and the room needs to be completely hidden from the sun.
Heavy curtains are often lined. It can be either similar to the main canvas, or act as a contrasting addition.
In either case, the fabric can be draped beautifully, but with a contrasting lining, the effect will be more interesting.
How do they differ from curtains and curtains?
Curtains are a generic name for blinds, drapes, curtains, roller blinds, and so on. Curtains are also curtains, but with a special specific set of features.
The difference between curtains and drapes is striking. The material of manufacture differs, the functions that those and other curtains perform, the method of attachment to the cornice:
- Curtains are made of light translucent materials such as organza, voile, tulle, mesh. Curtains are made mainly of heavy fabrics: velvet, brocade, jacquard, satin, silk.
- Curtains let in light well, protecting only the privacy of the owners of the house. Curtains protect from the sun.
- Curtains act as a decoration without carrying any semantic load. Curtains perform a decorative function, and also isolate the room from extraneous noise and drafts.
- When attaching tulle, its upper edge rarely acts as an important accent, so simple fastening methods are chosen. For curtains, there are many types of fasteners: on hinges and ties, eyelets, rings, magnets, and so on.
Thus, where curtains may be used, curtains are inappropriate, and vice versa.
In some rooms, the use of heavy luxurious curtains is generally prohibited, for example, in the bathroom. Also, some styles impose their own restrictions on one or another type of curtain. Consequently, sometimes curtains and drapes also differ in the style of use.
As mentioned above, curtains are made of heavy fabric. A thick curtain should protect the room well.Often such a canvas is hung in eyelets on a tubular cornice, since this type of fastening is able to withstand a rather large weight of a thick curtain.
Common curtain fabrics include the following:
- Jacquard. A complex weaving material with a convex pattern, which may be of the same color as the base, or may differ. It acts as an alternative to brocade, looks elegant and rich. Jacquard curtains should not be hung in small rooms, they only look appropriate in large rooms.
- Linen. Thick linen curtains are usually sewn on a lining in order to avoid fading the fabric. Linen is good air permeable, does not electrify, does not accumulate dust. Very popular in recent years.
- Velvet. Soft pile fabric. When buying curtains, you should pay attention to the direction of the pile, it should lie in one direction. Velvet fabric is quite “capricious” and requires careful ironing. It is also necessary to choose only high quality, expensive samples, since the cheap ones will peel off over time.
- Silk. Natural silk curtains are quite expensive. He is very "capricious" in handling and not easy to care for. However, silk is distinguished by its fire-resistant characteristics: it melts, and does not ignite like other materials. This should be taken into account when choosing silk curtains for a public place.
- Satin. Cotton fabric with a shiny surface is often used as an alternative to satin fabrics. Satin is more durable and less "capricious" than satin, but it wrinkles quite easily. You should choose satin interspersed with polyester or other fibers so that the fabric is less wrinkled.
- Taffeta. Reflects light very well. The interior looks pompous and rustles, so it is not suitable for bedroom decoration. Easy to drape.
- Atlas. A dense, shiny fabric made from both silk and cotton. It is easy to tighten the satin or damage its shiny side, so the satin is washed very carefully and ironed from the wrong side.
- Velours. The fabric has a velvety surface, but it is much cheaper than velvet.
To decorate the curtains, an abundance of all kinds of elements is used. The first and main detail is the method of attachment to the cornice:
- Hinges. Usually sewn from the same fabric as the curtain. They can be both narrow and wide (up to 20 cm). A distinction is made between blind loops and with a buckle, which are usually supplemented with Velcro.
- Ties. Mostly used in rustic interiors, they are able to withstand not very heavy curtains.
- Eyelets. At the moment, this is the most expensive type of fastening. It looks stylish and suits any interior, with the possible exception of Baroque and Rococo.
- Rings. They resemble eyelets, but the rings are not threaded into the fabric itself, but are sewn on top. Basically, curtains on rings are attached to a tubular cornice, but other options are also possible.
- Hooks. Suitable for curtains that are attached to a tape. It is a braid with which you can gather the top of the curtain properly, and then attach the finished edge to the curtain rod.
- Clamps. The various choice of clamps does not diminish the fact that they hopelessly spoil the curtain fabric, leaving puffs and sometimes even tears on it. However, the designers have come up with a new method of fastening - magnets. They look more aesthetically pleasing and can be decorated with anything, even rhinestones, but they will not stand a very heavy curtain.
Pickups are also an important element. They can be made of the same curtain fabric and complemented with embroidery, fringe, braid, appliqués, and so on. Recently, it is not uncommon to find magnetic pickups, repeating the design of the mounts of the same name.
Hard and soft lambrequins can be used to decorate the upper edge of the curtains, giving it a luxurious look and at the same time hiding the cornice and fasteners.
How to choose?
To choose the right curtains, you need to focus on several things:
- Eaves mounting type: ceiling or wall. Its ability to withstand a certain weight depends on this. Ceiling cornices often cannot cope with too heavy curtains.
- The style of the room. The choice of this or that material often depends on the general style of the room.
- The functional purpose of the room. For the hall, kitchen and hallway, completely different types of curtains are suitable.
For the purpose of the room
Depending on what kind of room you are decorating with curtains, various options will vary:
- For curtains in the living room it is not forbidden to choose expensive heavy fabrics that speak of the wealth of home owners. The hall is the mirror of the apartment, so it should be luxurious, because this is the first room that guests will see. Family feasts and holidays are held here, so it is appropriate to supplement the curtains with lambrequins and grabs.
- Blackout curtains in the bedroom you should choose from natural materials that protect well from light. It is advisable to sew curtains on a lining for greater light and sound insulation. Choose neutral colors that do not interfere with restful sleep and rest and do not excite the nervous system.
- In the nursery you can do without curtains at all, leaving only light curtains. If this option does not suit you, you should choose natural materials with an interesting pattern. Cars and flowers, cartoon characters and various animals will delight your kid. Also try to stick to pastel colors.
- In the attic curtains should only be used to frame classic rectangular windows that are not tilted. This way you will avoid problems with the accumulation of dust on the curtains, and also do not lower the already low ceilings.
- Into the kitchen you should choose blackout curtains up to the windowsill made of synthetic fabrics that do not absorb odors. This is especially true if your kitchen is not equipped with a powerful range hood.
- For the hallway and bathroom thick heavy curtains are usually not chosen, they look inappropriate in these rooms.
You will learn more about the use of curtains in the interior in the following video.
Solid color curtains are a timeless classic. If the curtains are made of a “complex” fabric with an interesting texture, you should not choose a model with a pattern. The most relevant shades include the following:
- Sea waves;
- Steel gray;
- Saturated brown;
- Emerald green;
As you can see, green tones are at the peak of popularity, so feel free to include blackout curtains in olive color in your interior.
White curtains look boring. Use natural ornaments. For example, white curtains with flowers look much livelier and more dynamic. For bedroom decoration, both beige and burgundy curtains are shown. It all depends on the style of a particular room. Burgundy curtains are perfect for those who do not sleep well at night; beige is versatile.
Two-tone curtains are also often used. For example, the color of the lining can be different from the main one, creating an interesting play of contrasts. Here is a list of trendy combinations:
- Beige and chocolate;
- Gray and blue;
- White and red;
- Light gray and ash pink;
- Sand and pistachio;
- Canary yellow and dark brown;
- Milky and purple;
- Dark gray and crimson;
- Beige and Gold;
- Gold and emerald.
You can use different fabrics with a pattern. Floral patterns, including abstract ones, are in trend.
Choosing a large ornament, you will not go wrong.
Much depends on the style, including what kind of curtains to choose, what design to choose for them, what color and ornament to prefer.
Below is a list of the most fashionable styles and the preferred thick pants for each:
- Art Deco - voluminous curtains made of luxurious materials in precious metal colors.
- Baroque - voluminous light curtains made of expensive high-quality fabrics, decorated with wordy lambrequins and an abundance of decorative elements.
- Boho - colored simple curtains sewn in patchwork style from bright multi-colored natural fabrics.
- Vintage - curtains made of medium-weight materials with a large floral pattern on a light background.
- Country - short or long curtains with a simple lambrequin, made of a single fabric. Floral motifs or a large cage are chosen as a pattern, bright colors are preferred.
- Classic style - strict curtains made of expensive fabrics with lambrequins. The colors are noble and pure, with a minimum of fine ornaments.
- Colonial - curtains made of plain light fabrics of medium density are complemented by a wide rigid lambrequin.
- Moroccan - voluminous bright curtains made of high-quality fabric, veils and lambrequins are usually added.
- Minimalism - simple soft curtains to the floor in restrained tones, decorations are not allowed.
- Modern - curtains on interesting fastenings, fabric often with a contrasting pattern. The ornament is chosen large, abstract.
- Provence - fabrics of medium density are selected, preferably natural and soft. The curtains are sewn on the drawstring. Large floral patterns on a white background work best.
- Rococo - bright curtains with lambrequins, complemented by bright decoration. The colors are usually chosen in the color of precious metals.
- Rustic - simple curtains on a drawstring made of rough, undyed fabric.
- Scandinavian - simple straight curtains made of soft but dense fabrics of restrained colors. A distinctive feature is the almost complete absence of draperies on the fabric, the canvas is almost without folds when closed.
- Mediterranean style - curtains made of natural materials with a marine pattern. Usually they are not decorated in any way.
- High tech - the same curtains are selected as for the Minimalism style: straight, without decorations, supplemented only with a veil of a similar shade.
- Shabby chic - bright "girly" colors are welcome. Also, the presence of "rustic" methods of decoration is required: frills, many grabs, embroidery or appliqués.
- Eco-style - curtains made of natural fabrics of a natural shade are preferred. Photo printing is allowed grows
When choosing curtains for wallpaper, you should not select their "color in color", it is better to choose curtains either a tone darker, or a tone lighter than the main shade. This will ensure that the curtains do not blend in with their surroundings.
When choosing curtains with a pattern, make sure that it partially echoes the pattern on the wallpaper, but does not completely duplicate it. Monochromatic rooms have long gone out of fashion.
If the wallpaper is plain and the curtains are colored, try to choose the material so that the color of the pattern matches the color of the wallpaper.
If the wallpaper is patterned and the curtains are plain, you have two options. You can choose curtains in the color of the picture or slightly darker or lighter than the main color of the wallpaper.
If both wallpaper and curtains are patterned, choose abstract solid colors. Let the small pattern be on the wallpaper, and the same large one on the curtains. Looks beautiful when the colors seem to change places. Suppose the wallpaper itself is white, and the pattern on it is green, then the curtains should be green with a white pattern.
The best curtain fabrics are produced in Europe, but Turkey, offering a huge assortment and affordable prices, is also on the list of leaders. You can find excellent quality Turkish fabrics at a reasonable price.
Some shops offer ready-made fashionable textiles, including curtains and drapes. One of these giant stores is Ikea. Due to the difference in the rate, their prices are by no means low, nevertheless, they offer a high-quality and fashionable product.
Which ones are in fashion now?
The design of the curtains is extremely varied.Now many options are relevant: two-color, with a lambrequin on one side, double with a contrasting lining. Fashionable curtains can be matched to almost any interior.
After analyzing the work of the best designers, we can conclude that non-standard options are in fashion. Unusual fabrics, designs, types of fasteners and lambrequins are welcome. Both plain curtains and those complemented by large abstract plant patterns, for example, floral ornaments or plant stems, are also relevant.
Exaggerated simplicity is also in fashion.
Emphasized expressionless colors and designs, complemented by simple, unadorned pickups, have gained popularity among fans of minimalism.
For the design of non-standard windows, designers do not recommend using blackout curtains. Firstly, only a professional can find a truly stylish solution. Secondly, it is quite problematic to correctly balance the proportions, combining two such bright elements.
Beautiful examples in the interior
Classic two-tone heavy curtains with lambrequins in the color of the interior linens add chic to the bedroom, while at the same time protecting the room well. Natural fabrics "simplify" the atmosphere a little, depriving the pretentious room of a flashy look.
Here the curtains and lambrequin are made of the same patterned fabric in a bright color. As you can see, the window and curtains are the main accent in the interior of this living room. Curtains in three shades of blue refresh the premises well, inviting people there to relax.
An interesting combination of horizontal Roman blinds and dense simple curtains with an unobtrusive checkerboard pattern. The curtains are selected to match the color of the sofa upholstery, so they blend harmoniously into the interior. Deep, even folds act as vertical stripes, visually increasing the height of the ceiling.
Fashionable two-tone curtains of turquoise and sand colors immediately suggest the idea of the sea, sun, summer. It is joyful and calm to be in such a mixed style living room. The turquoise color of the curtains duplicates the color of the bright wall, thereby, as it were, "connecting" with the surrounding environment.
Luxurious heavy floor curtains, decorated with hooks, act as a frame for an interesting patterned tulle. They themselves, however, do not go unnoticed thanks to the iridescent expensive fabric. Volumetric assemblies add luxury to the room, and the absence of a lambrequin visually makes the room taller.
In this case, blackout curtains separate part of the room, visually zoning the space. The pattern on the main panel is matched exactly to the color of the inner fabric, which makes the whole composition more harmonious. It is the inner fabric that connects the curtains with the rest of the room: it is made in a shade several shades darker than the walls and upholstery.