Finding a curtain style for your home can be difficult. After all, there are many materials, styles and variations to choose from. Sometimes you may find the sheer amount of choice overwhelming, but luckily, award-winning designer Susan Gailani is here to help. Susan is an expert in the field when it comes to custom drapery, and here to assist with just about any questions you might have. So, what should you consider when designing custom drapery?
Weight is Everything
The main two factors that you should be considering would be fabric type and color. When considering the fabric type, weight is everything. If you choose fabric that is too heavy for the room or size of window, then it may not fold as well as it could when you draw the curtains. If you choose fabric that is too light, then the “fall” of the drapery may not work as well and this can lead to your curtains looking unsightly.
We understand that choosing a fabric can be difficult, and that is why we always encourage our customers to go through our swatches book. This gives you the chance to get a good perspective of the feel, texture and weight of the material you are thinking about using. We have plenty of fabric types available, but as a general rule, your composition options are:
- Linen and Polyester Blends
- Cotton Canvas
- Polyester Charmeuse
- Viscose Crepes
- And more
A lot of home decorating aficionados and interior designers tend to go with a blend of lightweight cotton canvas, linen and polyester blends or polyester and velvet blends. The main reason for this is that it helps the curtains to hang well, it doesn’t compromise on the luxury theme and materials like this are usually available in a huge range of design options too. Sheer is a great starting point if you’re not sure, but as always, our team are here to assist with any questions you might have.
The Importance of Light Consideration
When choosing curtains, it is important to consider something that lets in a lot of natural light if you are working with a small room. Big heavy curtains can make a smaller room feel dark and dank, and this is the last thing you want. When working with a bigger room or a big window, you can easily opt for something a little heavier as this adds a great deal of visual weight and comfort. Want privacy? Consider adding a sheer layer underneath your curtains, so you can let light in, without compromise. Remember that if your curtains do let in a lot of natural light, this can damage any furniture that is in front of the window, but sheer will also help to safeguard your items against this to some extent.
Call Susan at 630-420-0800 or schedule a free consultation by clicking this link. She’ll be happy to come to your home or business and see your space to help you make the right choice when creating your custom drapes.