At the moment I am working on a fantastic project for a local client, and am designing curtains and blinds for 16 windows in their beautiful Edwardian home. Dressing windows is a massive subject and one that we interior designers get completely carried away with! Here are my top tips for designing the perfect curtains for your home.
- Spend as much as you can afford. Clients are often surprised at how much curtains cost and they can be left to the last minute in a project, but I would say it is always worth allowing a good budget for the curtains. After all, they are one of the most visible things in a room and you want to make the right impression!
- Consider having your new curtains interlined, it adds a lot to the look at a relatively small cost, and can take a pair of curtains from ordinary to fabulous.
- Use the right heading for the right room. Simple and elegant designs benefit from hand pinch pleated headings, which help the curtains to fall uniformly into place giving a beautiful back drop to the room. Goblet headings are lovely in more traditional settings, and for that more modern, contemporary look eyelets have become very popular.
- Choose your pole carefully, they can really enhance your design. There are some gorgeous products available now. Make sure you use a pole diameter in proportion with the window and weight of fabric. Sheer curtains and narrow windows look best with thin poles. Anything else needs a pole of at least 3cms diameter and for really big windows choose 6.7cm ones for that real impact.
- A mix of curtains and blinds can look lovely, allowing for versatility in controlling light levels and enabling you to showcase some wonderful fabrics, making a great focal point for the room.