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Curtains

Why is a Window Dressing so important?

It determines the atmosphere of the room thus making it formal or informal.

 

 Should curtains be chosen before wallpaper?

Yes, if you plan their pattern to be a stronger one. Use the curtain fabric pattern to determine the rest of the room’s decoration.

 

 Why bother to line curtains?

To ensure they hang properly and that they are protected from dust and sunlight.

 

Do linings need to be plain?

Not necessarily, Floral chintz curtains, for example, look stunning with a small patterned lining – even stripes or checks will work well. 

Use the Same Lining for windows in a row otherwise the facade will look untidy from outside.

 

Make curtains fuller with interlining

It is a soft fabric layer stitched between curtain and lining which insulates against noise, light, heat and cold.

 

How do I make the curtains look extra voluptuous?

Allow the bottoms to puddle generously onto the floor by at least 10cm.

 

Why use a Pelmet?

To cover the track and hooks and create a balance between curtains and window size. 

To see how a pelmet will look

Make brown paper templates in different styles and pin each one up to see which shape works best for your window and room.

 

 What is the perfect height for a tie–back?

Find out with a piece of string – tie it loosely at different heights up and down the curtains to pinpoint where the tie-back will look best.

 

 When is it better to use a big pattern?

On large windows – if the pattern is too small it will lose itself in the folds of the curtain.

Don’t overuse a pattern in one room

The more it is used the less impact it wil

 

 Why use a small pattern?

It is easier to match up and means less wastage, unlike the larger repeats ofl have big patterns.

 

What if curtains restrict a radiator?

Avoid the heat loss with " Dress” curtains each side and cover the window with a  Blind or voile.

 

 Keep curtains well clear of French windows

Fit the track high above the frame and run it beyond the window on either side. The curtains can then be pulled right back, avoiding any dirty marks or damage to your curtains.

 

How do I detract from the awkward shape of an attic room?

Make the curtains in the same colour as the walls and ceilings.

 

What will improve tall or narrow windows?

Use a track wider than the window so the curtains hang either side of the returns, clear of the frame. This allows maximum light.

 

 Why custom made curtains?

They look beautiful, hang perfectly and last for decades.

 

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