Y’all know I’m a HUGE fan of curtains. They add soooooo much to a room: colour, texture, warmth (as in, “welcoming”, not necessarily “temperature”) and they can offer a practical side of helping regulate temperature (stopping heat escape through the glass window in winter and the heat coming in during summer etc etc). They offer privacy. They can set the tone of the room They can be the feature or the supporting act. There’s nary a room that can’t benefit from them (at least, I can’t think of any at the moment!!). Quite simply, they totally rock!
Whether you’re wanting a simple S fold sheer for a contemporary space, or plush silk for a more formal setting, they come in enough styles and options that they can’t not work!
So, let’s say, you’ve chosen the fabric, for the sake of illustration, think plain silk with a DIVINE sheen for the bedroom. We want a fairly contemporary look. Here are the steps I go through to tick off any optional extras my client might like:
- lining. This quite frankly, is essential. They make the curtain fall so much more nicely and provide extra block out for light and heat etc. However, there are also a large number of options here. If my client is light sensitive, I’d go for the 100% block out in a 3 pass. (quick tip – block out usually comes in a 3 pass or a 1 pass. The block out element is a spray thats applied to the back of the fabric. 1 pass is ok, but 3 pass is the bee’s knees and worth the (minimal) extra cost! Having said ALL that, there are also some fancier soft falling linings that come is a variety of colour (give about 90% light blockout). Or you can use a pretty fabric (you might like to fold them back when they’re open, so people can see the effect).
- curtain heading (or top finish). This could be S-fold, pinched pleat (single, double or triple), inverted pleat, knife pleat, goblet pleat, rod pocket or eyelet. Seriously, google these and click on images. There are so many great options – really something suitable for every home!
- tracking. You can go for something that’s unnoticeable or is a feature in its own right such as decorative rods!
- finials. These are the end thingies when you’re using a rod! You can go for something plain or totally fancy like a crystal ball!
- tie backs. If you want to tie back curtains, you can have them made from the same fabric as the curtain or go for a tassel type. Or even a metal one.
- valances. Same same but different to the bed valance! Just a handkerchief soft-falling one, that complements the curtain style. Great for a bit of a posh feel!
- pelmets. A hard/solid version of the valance. Houses the tracking. Tidies up the top (so to speak).Please pop over to our Pinterest Board: Curtains, valances and pelmets for further inspiration!
If you’re in Sydney and would like help with your gorgeous custom curtains – just give us a buzz!!
Examples of heading style (via Pinterest)