There is no shortage of curtain ideas and inspiration available to the homeowner. Thankfully, the options are endless, regardless of budget or personal preference. Whether your purchase your curtains from an industry professional or tackle the transformation from fabric to curtains as a DIY homeowner, you are sure to find something that fits your living room perfectly. Before you make a final decision, consider the advice below to ensure that you make the best choice for your home.
Family-Friendly Living Room
If you currently have a young family, it may be advantageous to purchase curtains that are ready-made and easy to care for. Ultimately, this will save you the headache of ensuring that your small children do not touch and/or play with them. Family-friendly options include cotton, as well as Sunbrella™ and other indoor/outdoor fabrics. However, if there is a fabric that you have fallen in love with that isn’t kid-friendly, a can of Scotchguard™ will do the trick. This option is not foolproof, but it will give you a good level of stain resistance.
Another factor to think about when considering curtain ideas for your living room is privacy. While window treatments are beautiful and certainly add to the decorating scheme of any room they serve a functional purpose as well. Depending on the location of your living room in your home and where you live, your curtains privacy needs will vary. If you live in a town or city where your living room faces the street, it will be important to install window treatments that are opaque. But if privacy isn’t a concern, sheer draperies may be your window treatment of choice.
Measurements and Installation
If you are utilizing the services of an interior decorator or window treatment professional you can trust that they will take the appropriate measurements for you. However, if you are doing the work yourself, make sure to follow the manufacturing instructions for measurement to ensure that you purchase the right number of panels. How the curtains are installed will depend on the type of window, as well as the type of heating in your home. Typically, it is ideal to install curtains within 6-8 inches of the ceiling to create the illusion of height. As well, the curtain rod should extend well past the sides of the window to ensure that the curtains can be completely pulled back from the window. If your home has baseboard heat or radiators, you may not be able to install full-length draperies because of the fire risk. This will be something to consider if it applies to you.