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.



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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Let’s Talk Luxury Home Textiles – Fabrics and How to BEST Use Them!

I now have not one, not two, but THREE room makeovers underway at my house. It’s enough to drive me nuts! I literally have 2 things left to do to finish our Master Bedroom, but we started on the living room before I finished the bedroom, and then I got pregnant, so now we’re working on the nursery! Mercy! 

I’ve never really thought of myself as a great decorator. I don’t have a “system” or any training or anything like that. I just move things around until I like how they look. I guess that IS my system! (And I watch lots of HGTV and play on Pinterest quite often, as well!)

So when Paul Trevino and I got to talking about textiles, a few things started to make a lot of sense! (I also realized I needed to work on my textile game a bit.) He and were kind enough to provide me (and all of you!) with this post about textiles, and how to use them in our homes! Pretty neat, if you ask me! 

Decorating a home is more difficult than meets the eye. There are some rules one must abide by to create balance and make sure that all rooms look properly balanced. Color matching, furniture placement, wall painting and accessorizing might seem like the easiest job. However very few people know that home decorating is like a puzzle game. Everything has to fit perfectly for the end result to look balanced, attractive and modern. It all starts with the furniture; then we move onto the walls, and last but not least, we have textiles. Homes look incomplete without curtains, drapes, linens, and tablecloths. Home textiles make our living rooms and bedrooms feel comfortable. It is important to make sensible choices if you want your place to look luxurious and comfortable. Here are some useful tips to help you transform your residence into a beautiful, cozy nook.

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Understand Fabric

Before making any choices, one must understand the fabric. Don’t just choose cotton for everything because it won’t work. If you want your place to look chic and feel cozy, you must go beyond that. Satin, silk, polyester, wool and linen are great options too. You just have to know where to put them and how to blend them with the rest of the décor.

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