The Swatch Switch – How to Select the Right Fabric For Your Curtains

If you were to ask me what the hardest part of home decor is, for ME, I would tell you window treatments, hands down. I’m NEVER happy with mine. I’m always agitated with local selections, and I never can get things quite right when I order them, either. One of the few fights my husband and I have had that I can clearly remember was over window treatments. And we’ve been in our current home for 8 months now, and I STILL have windows that aren’t dressed.

So when Laura Costello suggested an article to me regarding choosing fabric for curtains…YES, please! I’ll take all the help I can get! And I LOVE her suggestions! Check them out…

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When it comes to choosing fabric for your curtains, there are a few things you should consider. Fabric is an essential part of commercial drapery, dictating how well your curtains function and hold up over time. With so many fabrics, patterns and styles to choose from, it can take time to find the right curtains for your space. Follow these simple tips and tricks to select the right fabric for your new curtains.

Every Room is Different

Having the same kind of curtains in every room can leave a lot of creative potential unfulfilled. The type of curtain fabric you use in each room depends on the purpose of the room, and how much daily sunlight the room receives. Some rooms need light and airy curtains, while others might need a heavier fabric. For this reason, there is no ‘one-size fits all’ policy available for curtains, and it is important to carefully consider and design each curtain with appropriate fabric in mind.

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Style

Colour: Colour is the most obvious influence on curtain fabric choice. The safe way to select a curtain colour is to choose a colour that is one tone from either side of your wall colour. In this way, you will make the room and the curtains feel harmonious. If possible, always borrow a returnable sample of the fabric or, buy a yard of the fabric to see it in the light of your own home. The color can change dramatically depending on light levels in each room.

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Lighting Tricks You Need in Your Home

The overhead light bulbs blew in our nursery the other day. We didn’t happen to have any replacement bulbs on hand, for a minute, I thought, oh gosh, what on earth am I gonna get accomplished in this lighting? How am I gonna change diapers in the dark?! Then I remembered that I actually have a lamp in the nursery as a part of the decor. (Mommy brain. They say you get your brain back after you have the baby. Lies, I tell you. All lies!) I turned on the lamp and it worked beautifully, of course. Perfect!

As I started to look around the room, I realized that I liked the room even MORE with the lamp light than I did with the overhead light! Funny how that happens some times, right?!

Lighting and art go hand in hand. Typically, light is used to illuminate artworks of all types, from paintings to sculptures, to even the furniture you have in your home. Light, however, can be so much more than that. Artists have begun to use light as their medium, and the results are just phenomenal. Not only does this “light art” offer a new medium for artists to express themselves but it also offers everyday people like you the chance to be more creative when lighting your home.

Light can trick the senses. It can instill a feeling. It can calm you; it can energize you, and, once the sun goes down, it can work as a function for you. Here are three ways you can use light to change your space.

Make it Appear Bigger:

Claustrophobic spaces are terrible. They close in on you, limit your space, and can even cause an increased sense of anxiety in some people. To make your room appear larger, opt for lights that light up the walls, and the corners of your room that typically get the least amount of light. Install wall scones to bring a muted, calm light that also makes the space feel bigger and more dynamic. They are perfect to make your room a sanctuary after a long day at work.

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