Useful Hints and Tips for Choosing Curtains

Curtains add a finishing touch to any room. They can transform your room as you wish with curtains to give it a classy, chic or trendy look. Before choosing curtains take note of the size, shape and the style of windows or anyplace that you want to hang curtains. The curtains should match the general décor of a room. You can add height to a room by hanging full length curtains or you can give a room an airy look with short and bright curtains.

Today there are literally countless varieties of curtains available in all hues and patterns to suit the décor of your home, from ready-made to custom-made curtains. You can also find an assortment of curtain rods ranging from stylish and trendy to elegant and classic. Perfect curtains with matching rods that blend with your room décor can enhance the whole ambience of the room.

Following are some useful tips for choosing the perfect curtains.
• Take care to blend your curtain fabric with that of your upholstery. This will give a uniform look to the room.
• If you are aiming for a sophisticated and periodic look, go for fabrics with classic patterns for your curtains.
• Choosing the right curtain is not enough, you also have to give attention to tablecloths, towels or bed linens in the room. Colours and textures of all these fabrics should blend well to enhance the ambience of a room.
• You can create space within a room to establish a social zone by placing carpets or attractive rugs.
• If you want to let in air and light into your room then go for gauzy or sheer curtains.
• To have more control of the light that enters your room you can use venetian blinds instead of curtains.
• If the room is already cluttered with lots of pictures, furniture and other accessories, the best choice is to select muted or neutral colours for curtains and also for your upholstery.
• Keep in mind that curtains are not just for windows. You can improvise and use them to separate a long hallway or other areas.
• If you have leftover fabrics from curtains, use them to redecorate your furniture to match your curtains.

  • Nick

    and then theirs electric curtains….

    Electric curtains are the latest must-have piece of home automation equipment for numerous reasons. Firstly, they’re just plain cool, who wouldn’t want to have automatic curtains?! In all seriousness though they have a couple of uses that may not occur to you at first.

    Electric curtains can be used as an effective security measure. Some models, such as the Silent Gliss Autoglide 5900TL will automatically open and close when it gets light and goes dark.

    The same model can also be manually programmed with an easy-to-use timer. This means that when you go on holiday or are just generally away from home, your curtains will be simulating someone living in your house! This is also handy for businesses as you can be safe in the knowledge that yes, the curtains are shut on the server room window.

    Another novel idea for this same model, the 5900TL, is to use it as an alarm clock. Wake up to the gentle sun’s rays instead of an awful grinding alarm clock either using the light sensor or program your wakeup time into the timer. It is also useful for keeping the bright sun off your TV and upholstery.

    Other models such as the Autoglide 5900IR come with a remote control unit so that you can open and close your curtains from wherever you want in the room, you don’t even have to get out of your chair. This model is popular with less-able bodied people in particular because opening and closing curtains can be a task.

    The one thing that will surprise you is the speed of electric curtains, they’re actually pretty quick, travelling at half a foot (15cm) per second.

    If you’re buying electric curtains off the Internet, you usually get the tracks with curtain hangers for you to hang your own curtains, a motor and a control device such as a button, timer, light sensor or remote. They can be fitted very easily with little DIY skill.

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