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How to Choose Curtains: Elevate Your Interiors with Elegance

How to Choose Curtains

In the world of interior design, every element plays a crucial role in crafting a space that exudes sophistication and charm. When it comes to creating a harmonious ambience in your home, your choice of curtains is as essential as the furniture and decorative accents. For those with a penchant for high-quality designer interiors, selecting the right curtains is an art form that can elevate a space to new heights. In this article, we guide you through how to choose the best curtains for your home. We'll cover everything from curtain fabric and colours, to size, lining, and shading, considering what your space requires, allowing you to elevate your interiors with sophistication and elegance.

How to Choose Curtain Fabric
How to Choose Curtain Fabric

When it comes to curtain fabric, the first rule is to prioritise quality. You must first understand that true luxury is not just about appearance but also about durability. Opt for fabrics that complement your existing interior and stand the test of time. Here at Voyage Maison, we offer a variety of curtains, each handsewn using only premium fabrics. Cotton, velvet and linen are all popular choices, as they drape beautifully and add a touch of sophistication to any room.

Cotton curtains and cotton blend curtains stand out as a popular choice as they combine versatility with comfort. The natural, breathable properties of cotton make it an ideal fabric for curtains. Depending on your lining choice, cotton allows for gentle light filtering meaning you can enjoy a light and airy ambience in your space. Easy to maintain, durable, and available in a wide range of colours and patterns, cotton curtains are the perfect solution for those seeking both a touch of functionality and style in their window dressings.

Linen curtains are an excellent choice for those who appreciate a blend of sophistication and natural elegance. Linen's light and airy texture allows for soft light filtration, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Its natural, earthy tones and subtle creases add a touch of rustic charm to your space, making it an ideal choice for country-inspired interiors. Furthermore, linen curtains are highly breathable, making them perfect for maintaining a comfortable climate in your home.

On the other hand, velvet curtains offer a strikingly different appeal, perfect for those seeking luxury and opulence. Velvet's rich, plush texture exudes warmth and cosiness, creating a sense of intimacy in any room. These curtains absorb and reflect light, producing a captivating play of shadows and highlights. Velvet's deep, regal colours make it a statement piece, adding a touch of extravagance to your interiors. While different from linen, velvet curtains are equally impressive in their ability to transform a space into a sumptuous retreat.

Curtains not only serve as a decorative element but also play a functional role in controlling light and ensuring privacy, some even reduce noise pollution. Achieving the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality is the key to choosing the right fabric. When choosing curtains, consider the space. Each room in your home serves a unique purpose, and your choice of fabric should reflect that. For instance, sheer, light fabrics work well in living areas, allowing natural light to filter through, creating an airy ambience. In contrast, bedrooms benefit from heavier drapes that provide privacy and block out light when needed.

How to Choose Curtain Colour
Yellow Curtains How to Choose Curtain Colour Green Curtains Blue Curtains

To create a cohesive look, consider the colour palette of your existing décor. The curtains you select should seamlessly integrate with the hues of your walls, furniture, and accessories, forging a visual symphony that soothes the senses. For a timeless appeal that effortlessly transcends fleeting trends, consider the enduring charm of neutral tones. Shades like calming ivory, taupe, and soft grey have an innate ability to transcend time and fashion. This ensures your curtains remain a classic centrepiece in your interior design. These understated hues provide a versatile canvas upon which you can layer other colours and patterns, allowing your curtains to adapt gracefully to evolving tastes and seasonal accents.

The colour of your curtains can make or break the overall aesthetic of your space. For those with a penchant for luxury interiors, muted, earthy tones often work wonders. Think rich burgundies, deep blues, or elegant neutrals. These colours not only exude a sense of warmth and opulence but also provide a timeless backdrop for other decorative elements.

If you're looking to infuse a sense of grandeur into your interiors, regal tones are the way to go. Deep, opulent shades like royal purples, lush emeralds, and sumptuous golds can instantly transform your space into a palace of luxury. When draped as curtains, regal tones not only command attention but also create a sense of drama that is unparalleled. They become the focal point of the room, drawing the eye, and inviting admiration.

How to Choose Curtain Size
How to Choose Curtain Size

The size of your curtains plays a pivotal role in achieving that polished look. For a quick refresh, ready-made curtains can be a convenient choice. However, for those who truly value a tailored finish, made to measure curtains are the answer. Handsewn here in the UK, our made to measure curtains ensure a precise fit, gracefully framing your windows and enhancing each room's elegance. 

You can follow our step-by-step guide on How to Measure for Curtains to make sure your measurements are precise, although it's important to note that you shouldn't begin measuring until you have a track or pole installed. Measuring correctly is extremely important, as the size and style of your curtains will affect the way they gather. Whether in soft, voluminous folds or sleek, tailored pleats, the width and gather will significantly influence the overall look and feel of your window, adding depth and texture to your interior. 

Choosing the right curtain length is essential for achieving your desired room aesthetic. Floor-length curtains exude timeless elegance, making them suitable for formal spaces while short-length curtains create a casual vibe, ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. If you seek a touch of luxury and drama, consider curtains that pool on the floor, adding opulence to your room. Your selection should align with your style and the room's purpose, as each length option offers a distinct finish.

How to Choose a Lining Option

Once you’ve chosen the perfect fabric for your new curtains, it’s time to think about customising them to suit your space. When you choose made to measure curtains you can select the fabric lining that works best for you. At Voyage Maison we offer a range of light filtering, blackout, and thermal linings for your curtains, ensuring you get exactly what your space requires.

cotton sateen fabric for curtains

Cotton Sateen: Our standard cotton sateen lining is perfect if you’re looking for a light-filtering option that still darkens the room. A room-darkening lining offers exceptional privacy while maintaining natural light within your space.

thermal blackout lining for blinds

Thermal Blackout: Our thermal blackout lining is great if you’re looking for complete light control and privacy, with the added benefit of heat retention. This blackout lining blocks all unwanted light making it a great choice for bedrooms, while its thermal properties ensure your space retains heat, perfect for those chilly months!

bonded interlining

Bonded Interlining: If you’re looking for practicality and efficiency then there’s no better choice than our bonded interlining. This incredible lining is completely blackout offering unmatched privacy and light control, while the extra layer of thermal insulation helps to retain heat, control temperature, and block out any noise. Thanks to the extra layer of fabric in our bonded interlining, your blinds become heavier meaning they drape even more effortlessly and beautifully when installed in your window.

Assess the Lighting
Light Filtering Curtains

Lighting is the key to setting the mood in any room. Before you choose your curtains, think about how sunlight enters the space throughout the day. For rooms with ample natural light, choose curtains that can filter or diffuse sunlight effectively. In dimly lit areas, opt for curtains that maximize the available light, creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere.

Natural light is a precious resource in any home. To enhance the beauty of your interiors, consider the direction and intensity of the sunlight in each room. North-facing rooms may benefit from light-filtering curtains that allow more natural light, while south-facing rooms may require heavier fabrics or blackout curtains to prevent harsh glare.

Texture Matters
Textured Curtains

For those who appreciate depth and character in their décor, consider curtains with a tactile appeal. We love adding interest to interiors with richly woven linens, they infuse warmth and rustic charm into any living space.

When it comes to textures that exude opulence and tactile allure, few can rival the timeless elegance of velvet. Velvet curtains offer a sumptuous and velvety touch that instantly elevates any room, inviting you to experience the unparalleled luxury of soft, lush fabric under your fingertips. Whether in deep jewel tones for a regal ambience or muted neutrals for understated sophistication, velvet textures bring an element of refinement that beautifully complements any décor.

If you’re seeking a more relaxed and breathable option, cotton curtains are a versatile choice. Cotton's natural fibres provide a crisp and clean look, allowing ample light while maintaining privacy. They are easy to maintain and come in various patterns and colours, making them a practical yet stylish addition to any interior. Cotton is a particularly popular choice during summer, offering that same soft, tactile finish whilst keeping your home light and airy.

Patterns and Prints
Patterned Curtains

If you're drawn to patterns, ensure they align with the overall theme of your interiors. Patterned curtains, when chosen thoughtfully, have the power to elevate your décor to new heights. Opt for subtle and timeless motifs like regal damasks, or delicate floral prints. These classic patterns gracefully dance across your curtains, imparting a touch of sophistication and visual interest without overwhelming the space.

For those who appreciate a country flair, patterns and prints can be a delightful addition. Subtle floral patterns can complement a rustic or traditional aesthetic. Just remember, moderation is key. Incorporate patterns sparingly to avoid overwhelming the space. It's crucial to strike a balance between pattern and simplicity, as excessive patterns can quickly overwhelm the space. Opt for patterned curtains as focal points, accentuating them with solid-coloured furnishings and décor to maintain a harmonious and inviting atmosphere that captures the essence of a countryside haven.

Maintenance and Durability
How to Maintain Curtains

High-quality designer curtains are an investment, and you want them to stand the test of time. Look for curtains that are easy to maintain and clean, especially if you have a busy household. High-quality fabrics tend to resist stains and wear, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come. Dry cleaning may be necessary for some fabrics, so keep that in mind when making your selection.

Choosing curtains is not merely a matter of covering your windows; it's an opportunity to infuse your home with the luxury and refinement you desire. By carefully considering fabric, shading needs and your interior, you can curate a space that truly reflects your taste and elevates your home to new heights.

At Voyage Maison, we understand that you seek nothing but the best for your home. Our curated collection of designer fabrics and luxury curtains are designed and manufactured right here in the UK, handsewn by our wonderful team to offer you hundreds of stylish options to choose from. We’re always on hand to help you choose the perfect curtain fabric that aligns with your vision. So, now that you know all the tips and tricks on how to choose curtains, go ahead and watch as your home transforms into a haven of elegance and style.