With the ability to add great personality to your room, curtains play a critical role in outlining the general look of your room and preventing too much light from the outside. When it comes to picking the most suitable curtains for your room, you have many options of colors, curtain rods, fabrics and finishes to choose from. In addition to that, there are different types of curtains and they vary in terms of designs, styles and sizes.
The following are some of the most popular types of curtains you can find in the market:
1. Sheer Curtains
If you are looking for something that brings some lightness to your windows, sheer curtains is a good choice for you. The sheer fabrics allow a little privacy to your room while filtering in some light. They are usually hung as over blinds or secondary curtains. This means that you can use blinds or primary curtains to prevent light from outside, and then pull back to reveal your sheers that let in some light while reducing visibility into your room. This type of curtains usually come with a tab top design, but can also be customized into other styles. Sheer curtains can be used in almost every room. For instance, you can make your sheers more formal by simply encasing the curtain top in a pelmet to conceal the wall joinery and curtain rod.
2. Pinch Pleated Curtains
Pinch pleating provides curtains with a decorative finish, particularly at the top. Although pinch pleating can give a more formal finish compared to standard gathering or rod pocket, it will also work with several types of fabric. Pinch pleating is available in different types as they include two-finger, three-finger, four-finger and five-finger pinch pleats. Always remember that with increased pleats, the fullness and size of the pleat/fabric also increases.
3. Eyelet Curtains
Also known as, Grommet curtains, eyelet curtains are ideal for lightweight to medium weight fabrics. They include different designs of silver rings at the header, which the curtain rod weaves through, making curtain installation process faster and easier. This particular style of curtains hangs freely and easily, making it ideal for most rooms, as they are easy to maintain, open and close as well. For instance, eyelet curtains can be a good choice for a modern lounge room or bedroom as their no-fuss design is quite contemporary.
4. Tailored Pleat Curtains
This particular type of curtains is just similar to Pinch Pleats, but the only difference is that the pleat runs from the top of the fabric downwards. Sometimes it’s referred to as a Euro pleat and some individuals it’s a more stylish and less fussy pleat, but in this case, it’s just a personal opinion. This style works best especially when designed with substantial fabrics. If made with a lighter weight fabric, a lining will be needed to make your curtains look great.
5. Box-Pleated Curtains
This style gives a great tailored look that drape onto deep, beautiful folds down the length of your curtains. The box shapes line-up close to one another, hence creating formal, pleated look in your room. Box-pleated curtains are most ideal for formal rooms, such as dinning, lounge or study rooms.
6. Pelmets and Valences
You can use pelmets as a decorative framework to conceal your curtain fixtures and rod at the top of your window casing. They are box like and flat in shape, but they can be shaped or customized to add some decorative details. Usually made from chip-boards and neatly covered in decorative fabrics, they are great for concealing multiple curtain rods in a modern and pleasing way. On the other hand, valances are designed in the same way, but are softer in appearance with pleated or gathered heading.
7. Cased Heading Curtains (Rod Pocket Curtains)
When it comes to this type of curtains, a very simple cased heading is mainly used for lightweight fabrics and nets, particularly those aren’t opened or closed frequently. Across the top, a casing is sewn and left open at both ends to hang on the slender curtain rod. This curtain rod threads through the channels sand also fits into sockets or onto hooks at both sides of your window. Rod pocket curtains are best suited for less frequently used rooms like formal sitting rooms.
8. Hanging Curtains
Different types of curtains vary in terms of hanging needs. for instance, curtains with tabs, rings or loops require to hung on the right curtain rod while formal curtains such as cased heading and box pleated curtains come with curtain tapes that run along on the track. When it comes to hanging curtains, whether you want to achieve an informal or formal look, always remember that the length of your curtains will make a huge difference. Longer curtains than your windows will pool on the floor and this is commonly referred to as “puddling”Â. This can create a grand and formal look when done properly. In this case, make sure to use at least medium weight fabrics because lightweight fabrics can look unfinished and messy and wont puddle nicely.
9. Goblet Pleat Curtains
This is the perfect type of curtains if you are looking for formal curtaining to best suit your grand room in your traditional home with quite high ceilings. The pleat found at the top of the curtains almost resembles a decorative wine glass. If you want to keep your goblet pleat looking rounded and full, you should have it shaped with wadding or interlining.
10. Tap Top Curtains
Tab top curtains are similar to the eyelet curtains because they also come with fabric loops across the top. This means that when it comes to curtain installation, you will need curtain rods to hang your curtains in your room. An easy, informal type of curtains is suitable for all types of fabrics as they have a repetitive-folded look and hang evenly in your room.
11. Lace Curtains
Lace curtains are similar to sheer curtains in terms of appearance and are usually made from lace fabrics. They are commonly used for decoration purposes. They can give a traditional look to any of your room and offer your room different looks. They also help in controlling light that comes into your room from outside.
Conclusively, with all these curtain options available to you, choosing the best style for your room is within your reach. All these types of curtains come in different colors, shapes, sizes and much more. Always know what you want to be able to choose the most suitable curtains for your specific needs.