Sumptuous curtain fabric for a formal setting
Everyone spends a great deal of time in their main reception rooms and selecting the best curtain treatments is a great investment. Whether you like a traditional or contemporary look, there are plain, striped, floral and geometric fabrics to fit the bill. The texture of a fabric is important too. Silks, with a light reflective sheen provide a touch of elegance; velvets are warm and tactile; linens, either plain, woven or printed can be used in a modern or traditional setting.
Gossamer threads for the lightest touch
The lightest of curtains are sheers and voiles. Traditionally used to provide privacy in overlooked rooms, the range of lightweight fabrics in a myriad of colours has grown over the years. A plain, sheer curtain adds a romantic air to a room.
Full length or window sill length curtains
Full length curtains provide a ‘wall’ of fabric, which must be carefully selected so as not to overwhelm a small room. Large floral patterns or bold plain colours are risky, but a potentially stunning choice and, of course, it is the combination of curtains, wall coverings, furniture and carpets which creates the overall look.
So often radiators are placed under windows. In this case, if you select full length curtains some heat will be lost behind the fabric.
Heat loss from draughty front doors can be reduced by having a single, full length interlined curtain hung from a door rail which swings back when the door is opened. This style of single curtain is also suitable for dormer windows where there is no room to draw back a traditional pair of curtains.