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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

"How Do I Pick The Right Curtains For My Room?"

Choosing curtains can be so overwhelming. There are TONS of different options. So, I’m going to share 4 things to consider when making this decision.

First, choose the right size. You’ll want to make sure the rods are properly installed and in the preferred positions. I like to use the “high and wide” method of placing rods approximately 5-10 inches above the window and leaving 5-10 inches on either side as well. This draws the eye up and creates the illusion that the window (and the room) is bigger than it is in reality. Once you’ve got your rods properly placed, you’ll need to consider the functionality of the space around the window in order to choose the right length. For example, if your window is above a desk, sill length is your best option. If there are no plans to place anything beneath the window in the space, a full-length curtain looks lovely.

Next, choose the fabric. When doing this, ask yourself 2 questions:

1.) Where will the curtains be installed? (bedroom, kitchen, etc.)

2.) What do you want to accomplish with them? (privacy, light-filtering, etc)

When choosing fabric for spaces like a bedroom where you might want both privacy and light filtering options, I suggest using a double rod (especially if you don’t have blinds already installed). It allows you to use a blackout fabric as well as a lighter fabric. This way you can adjust the amount of light coming in at any time. This is especially helpful if you or your partner work night shift! For spaces like living rooms, I would recommend light fabrics that offer privacy without sacrificing light.

After that, choose your color/pattern. This is largely based on your personal style preferences. If you want to keep the cost down, especially if you’re someone who likes to change things up in the room often, I would suggest something more neutral and add color/texture using smaller less-expensive decorative elements. If you’re not afraid of bold colors and patterns, my suggestion is to go for it but be mindful of staying within the same color scheme of the room and using complementary patterns. You can learn more about pattern mixing in my blog post from a few months ago here: https://www.pencecreativeinteriors.com/post/patterns-do-they-mix

Lastly, choose your price point. There are various options for off-the-shelf and custom curtains. Simply put, custom curtains can be pricey and off-the-shelf curtains tend to be more budget-friendly. That’s not to say that one is better than the other. Because I’m thrifty, I tend to gravitate more towards lower-priced budget-friendly curtains and customize them to my vision for the space.


[Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to consider if the fabric is machine washable vs dry clean only. This will also affect your price point decision!]





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