20/08/2021 0 Comments
Made to Measure Fabric Options For Curtains
As any interior designer will tell you, curtains make a home. Therefore selecting the right curtains is key to the look and feel of a room.
While most people spend time considering colours, patterns and curtain styles they can sometimes neglect considering fabrics.
There are a variety of curtain fabrics available. Different fabrics are suitable for different styles and rooms within the home. This blog outlines the various curtain fabrics available from Curtain Creations.
This extremely versatile fabric has been the curtain material of choice for 100s of years. Cotton offers a clean and crisp feel that is particularly suited to modern, minimalist interiors. The overall lightness of cotton means cotton curtains need to be lined.
Probably the most luxurious of all the materials, silk may not be as functional as some of the other fabrics available but it is quite beautiful when used correctly. As a heavy material, silk tends to drape well. We recommend using silk curtains in bedrooms or formal dining rooms. Be warned, however, silk is a dry-clean only material meaning it can be costly to maintain. Silk is also susceptible to sun damage so it shouldn’t be used on windows that get a lot of sunlight.
Polyester is the most popular material choice for curtains. Its relatively low cost, durability and the fact it doesn’t easily shrink, wrinkle or stretch make it great for almost every room in the house. However, polyester is flammable and absorbs odours so it isn’t suitable for kitchens.
A light, airy material, Linen curtains create a relaxed, ambient atmosphere in a room. Linen elegantly pools on a floor making them attractive in carpeted rooms. Linen is too light to block out sunlight. Therefore, linen should be considered an aesthetic choice rather than a functional choice.
Velvet can be made from natural or synthetic materials. Velvet curtains connote luxury and glamour. The heaviness of velvet makes this material great as an insulating curtain. Velvet also effectively blocks out sunlight and sound. Velvet curtains are an attractive choice for sitting rooms and bedrooms.
Acrylic is a lightweight material that is similar to wool in texture. Acrylic drapes beautifully and despite its lightweight, it offers a high level of insulation. Acrylic disperses moisture, is hypoallergenic and is resistant to mildew and mould. Acrylic is, therefore, suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
Rayon is created by weaving a combination of natural fabrics together. Rayon is suitable for use throughout the home. However, rayon is dry clean only, so you should avoid hanging this curtain in areas susceptible to staining.
If you’re looking for regal, old-world charm then look no further than brocade curtains. Elaborately woven and elegant brocade style curtains are popular in manor houses and listed buildings.
This romantic and traditional curtain material is great for both privacy and diffusing natural light. Lace is often available in neutral shades and is therefore easy to coordinate with different room colours. Some types of lace are dry clean only, while others are washing machine safe. Always check before attempting to machine wash lace curtains.
This open weave fabric is often used for window sheers. Vole helps create a light, refreshing atmosphere and is also thick enough to offer complete privacy.
The above examples are just a quick introduction to the different curtain fabrics available from Curtain Creations. If you’re still not sure what made to measure fabric is right for your curtains, please give us a call today.
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