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How to choose curtains for the interior: advice of professionals


Textiles are the finishing touch to creating an imageany interior. From our article you will learn what important nuances you need to consider in order to choose the right curtains and what practicing interior designers advise. Correctly chosen curtains will give the interior coziness, beauty and functionality, as well as hide possible flaws. The choice of curtains should include several basic criteria: the proportions of the room, the style of the interior, the desired level of light protection and the location of the room relative to the cardinal points, the type of drapery, the color of decoration and furniture, and much more. To understand all these difficulties, we turn to the designers and ask them for practical advice on how to choose the right curtains for the interior. However, first of all, it is worth deciding on a budget for textiles, and it is advisable to lay it at the very beginning of repair work.

Functionality and practicality

Textile decoration creates a complete lookinterior. A well-thought-out design can save a bad design project. Bad - spoil the good one. Therefore, it is very important to determine the tasks that textiles perform in the interior. Anton and Marina Fruktovy, founders of the Design in a Cube studio: - Decorative functions help transform and highlight the finished interior. The texture and pattern on the curtains should overlap with other interior details: pillows, tablecloths or naperons. The second function that curtains perform in the interior is extremely utilitarian. So, in the rooms of the bedroom, home cinema or in the living room with a TV area, the role of textiles is to absorb daylight. Therefore, the design of the curtains should be completely darkened. When choosing fabrics for curtains, it is important to remember that in certain lighting conditions and in combination with different finishing colors, textiles will behave differently. Therefore, to begin with, select several samples of suitable fabrics in the salon and make the final decision already at the facility. You can also choose textiles in the process of a rough repair, if the object has samples of finishing materials: flooring, wallpaper and furniture finishes. When choosing textiles, you should pay attention to its practicality in use and further care. For example, natural fabrics have shrinkage properties, so it is worthwhile to provide an additional margin for the height of the product. Almost all fabrics are prone to fading in the sun, so the lining is an essential part of the curtain. Synthetic fabrics are less capricious to care for than natural ones, so it's easier to maintain them in perfect condition.

Dimensions and proportions

Any interior can be visually correctedwith the help of textiles: make small rooms visually more spacious, and add coziness and intimacy to large rooms. But this is possible only due to the correctly sized curtains. Anton and Marina Fruktovy, founders of the studio "Design in a cube": - When choosing fabric for curtains, remember to calculate the consumption. It depends on the width of the selected fabric, the direction of the pattern on the canvas, the format of the draperies. For example, for a simple drapery on a curtain tape, the assembly factor for curtain fabrics will be 1.7 window widths, for veils and organza - at least 2. Olga Valle, designer, psychologist, founder of the City Design studio: - Fabrics on straight lines there should be a lot of curtains (at least 2.5 curtain rod lengths). The most important thing is the correct length. The distance from the floor to the bottom edge of the curtains should be no more than 2-3 cm! Or, if you like it, the curtains can lie on the floor. In this case, the fabric must be soft and "flexible". And curtains made of fabric that holds its shape should be strictly to the floor.

Selection of curtains for interior style

The textile market is very wide today, and choosetextiles for a particular interior is not difficult. However, before you go shopping, take a look at the advice of the experts. Olga Valle, designer, psychologist, founder of the City Design studio: - If the style of the interior is airy and light, the curtains should enhance it. You should choose a lot of lightweight and “flexible” textiles, possibly with deep hooks, to create the effect of a flowing fabric. As a result, there will be a feeling that at any moment she can "flutter" with a gust of wind. In a strict classic interior, curtains should emphasize solemnity. The fabric is heavy, it retains its shape well, with a slightly noticeable expensive satin sheen. Fringing, braid, sewing, tassels or decorated hooks work well. Tulle, flowing and keeping its shape well, can be trimmed with lace.In modern interiors, when we use a simple straight shape of curtains, the main requirement is that the fabric lies well in the folds. Speaking about the purpose of interiors, lush textiles and fancy curtains on beautiful cornices are most often used in the living room or hall. In the bedroom there are cozy and blackout curtains to create a relaxing atmosphere. It is better to refuse refined accessories here so as not to overload the interior. In the kitchen, curtains should be as practical as possible. The most common are roller blinds. And in the children's room, natural colorful textiles with bright prints of children's themes will be appropriate. Natalya Korol, interior designer: - The effect is very interesting when the print on the curtains is repeated in the interior, but on a larger or smaller scale. For example, a medium flower pattern is on the curtains, a smaller one is on the pillows, and a larger one is on the carpet. In this case, the curtains can be contrasting - to "revitalize" the interior, or, conversely, harmoniously combined with the general background, differing favorably with various textures. And if the interior needs to be made light and airy, it is possible to use only one flying organza. Elena Tikhonova, designer, head of the Cameleon Interiors studio: - Curtains form the final character of the room, so it is important to match them to the main style of the interior: in a classic interior, translucent curtains will be inappropriate on the windows, and in high-tech style - velvet lambrequins ...

Fittings and sewing

Separately, it should be said about the choice of decorativeaccessories - grabs, brushes, eyelets. According to designers Anton and Marina Fruktovy, she is capable of both giving the window complexity, grace and making it the main accent element in the interior, and spoiling the laconic image. Here you should pay attention to the quality of the fittings themselves. In a classic interior, a complex complete image can only be created with high-quality decor, which over time will not break, shed or fluff. In a modern interior, the presence of decor is not necessary, but the structure of the fabric is important. Sewing curtains is one of the last and most important steps in window decoration. Any fabric can be easily damaged by improper sewing. Here it is important to pay attention to the quality of the cut - construction, hem, joining of seams. Therefore, if your task is to create high-quality textile decor, we recommend contacting specialized curtain making studios or design bureaus that have experience in working with complex textiles. The most important rule when choosing textiles, according to designer Olga Valle, is that it should not be selected according to the principle “the main thing is to hang something”. Curtains should definitely interest you at first sight - with an unusual color or ornament, quality of fabric or correct shape. Since textiles visually occupy a fairly large part of the room, it will certainly have a psychological effect on the owners. Therefore, it is very important that the curtains are to your liking! Photos from sites:,,