How to choose the best drapes for the room

By: Julie Dutch

Draperies and other window coverings are the heart and soul of home and room decor, and you need to pay some attention to it when deciding the look and feel of the room. Drapes, curtains and other window coverings are available in a variety of styles, colours and designs, and you need to research a bit before deciding on one for your room. Here are some tips that will help you decide on the best drapes for your room.

The most prominent aspect of drapes is the colour. The colour of the drapes makes a difference to lighting, look and feel of the entire room, and therefore you should pay attention to what colour you choose. You could go for either a contrasting or a complimentary colour with the walls of the room. Most homeowners go for contrasting colours, as this makes the room look livelier and adds a unique look to the home overall.

Another aspect to consider is the length of the drapes. The most common available in the markets are full length, the ones that will reach the floor and the smaller ones, which more or less reach the end of a window. The ones that reach the floor would obviously be better for French windows. While choosing the length of the drapes, also consider the length of the room. There are chances that the full length ones would look too big in smaller rooms, and they can even be a potential danger if you use fireplaces to add some ambience to the rooms.

Next, consider the weight and material of the curtains too. If there is house help dedicated to washing the clothes and accessories in the house, go for the heavier ones, or else you should go for the softer ones. In fact, many washing machines find it taxing to wash the heavier draperies. Even if you consider washing the curtains and drapes once in two months, it would take a toll on your washing machine. Before you decide on the material, consider how much wear and tear the draperies will go through, and whether they will be able to withstand it. In some cases, it is a good idea to buy two draperies, one for everyday use and another for when there is some occasion in the house.

Consider these aspects while choosing drapes and curtains for the room. Take time out, even a whole day, if need be, when you are choosing the drapes, when it comes to shopping for them. You would need to visit a few of the shops before you come across something that will suit your requirements and be in the budget that you are looking out. If you are looking for something specific, or if you do not get what you are looking for in the shops, you can even look online. Many manufacturers have websites where they offer their products, and you can buy them online, right from the comforts of your home.

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