Design Tips: Curtains – What Style Will Work For You?
Design Tips: Curtains, what style will work for you?
A couple of weeks ago we had our first installment on curtains. This is such a big topic we have had to divide it into three different blogs. Today is installment two of what you need to know before investing in curtains.
There are a few different headers you can get on a curtain and each one will give you a different look. (The header is the large hem at the top that attaches to the rod). There are many ready-made curtains on the market these days and many of them have the pocket rod header. This is a channel along the top of the curtain that when the rod slips through has gentle gathering, which makes for a very casual look. I think these would work well for a rental place or perhaps a cottage or anywhere you don’t really need high quality curtains. These curtains have no real control system; you just pull the panels over to cover the window, so they are often best suited for curtains that will stay in place as shimmying them over the rod can be challenging.
They are inexpensive because they are the easiest type of header to make and use no more hardware than the rod. These can be found at most big box stores these days in varying lengths.
What About The Rod?
What type should you use? Again, so many different ideas here so we will narrow it down a bit.
When going for a very casual look, you could use a wooden rod with simple finials (the piece that attaches to each end of the rod). This would work well for a casual, cottage type application. Very often I will use a metal rod that ties into the other metals in the room. If the door hardware is oil rubbed bronze then using that same finish on the curtain rod will help keep the look cohesive. With either of these rods you will need rings and hooks if using the pinch pleat curtain. These rods are called decorative rods as they add to the decoration of the room.
My favourite type of rod to use these days is called the channel rod. This hides all the hooks and gliders inside the rod so that the curtain fabric can sit right up against the rod. This will work well for both pinch pleats and ripple fold. It is definitely a more current, contemporary look but I do feel there is longevity in this look as it has been around for a few years now and has no hint of disappearing anytime soon.
As you can see there is a lot to know about curtains. Hopefully this will start you on the path of knowing what will work for you in your space.
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Elizabeth DietzJune 10, 2015 at 11:35 am
As we are part way through the home buying process I am definitely pinning this for future use when we move and I can finally decorate my home the way I want to!
BrookeJune 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm
OOOO!!! Keep us informed with your decorating projects Elizabeth. We’d love to see what you are doing!
Justin KnoxAugust 1, 2016 at 7:00 am
Thank you for the help. I am trying to help my wife find new curtains and blinds for out house. I had not realized that there are different headers for curtains, as you addressed. What type of header would you suggest for durability?
tinaAugust 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm
The headers don’t really have a lot to do with durability. The headers are mainly for style— pinch pleat are more traditional, grommet are more contemporary, goblet pleat are more glamourous. Most headers are durable and will withstand the weight of the curtain. I hope that helps. Please let us know if you need more information! Regards, Brooke
Auckland curtainsAugust 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm
For better cleaning, wipe each slat with a soft dry cloth or a paper towel. Another easy way to clean the blinds is to wear a pair of cotton gloves or old socks and run your fingers through each slat.