3 Important Aspects To Consider When Choosing New Drapes

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If you are updating the decor of your home, you are probably changing the appearance or type of drapes that you currently have. Although it is not unusual to consider drapes and curtains to be interchangeable, there are actually some distinct differences that you should be able to spot. By doing so, you will be able to make the most appropriate choice of drapes so that the decor of your home stays both attractive and modern in the future.

Visible Differences Between Curtains And Drapes

In general, a good rule of thumb is that curtains do not have to necessarily cover the entire window and can be made of almost any fabric. They are largely considered to be more decorative, as opposed to functional, and even when they are in use and closed, their fabric and color might not impact the amount of light that shows into a room. Interestingly enough, you can make a curtain into drapes by lining it and extending it so that it hits the ground.

In comparison, drapes are longer, heavier and while attractive, exist to maintain privacy and limit light within rooms. They are of a heavier fabric and typically lined.

Even within that description, there are still varying levels of formality to different drapes. You may be surprised to learn that even the most casual of drapes are still more formal than most curtains, due to their presentation and construction.

 When Choosing More Formal Drapes

A more formal drape would typically be expected to not only touch the ground, but also to extend anywhere from one to ten inches below the point of contact. Formal drapes will typically be of a heavier material and pleating is also very common.

It is important to note that if you are considering the use of formal drapes, it will obviously be a more expensive endeavor, due to the extra fabric required to complete the look. In addition,if the area, room or window will see a lot of traffic, you may not want to choose the formal style of drapes due to the probability of damage or dirt associated with busy areas.

The Use of Casual Drapes

Casual drapes are easy to spot because they are usually shorter than their formal counterparts. For instance, although they will still cover the entire window and be lined, they will end about 1/2 inch below the end of the wall.

You may see casual drapes in breakfast areas, children's rooms and any busier part of the home.

In conclusion, the drapes you choose for any room of the home set the tone for the rest of the decor. When choosing a fabric, it is best to have a neutral color that will continue to match the room as furnishings change. In addition, plan for drapes to be dry-cleaned, unless you go out of your way when shopping to choose drapes that are safe for your washer and dryer. For more information, contact a business such as Budget Blinds Of Coachella Valley.


28 May 2015

Furniture to Grow Old With

Even as a child, I was an indoor person. Despite the fact that I lived on a ranch and had a hundred acres of land to roam on, I preferred reading a book while sitting in the most comfortable recliner in my home. I’m referring to that soft, plush, and luxurious piece of furniture that you absolutely have to force yourself to get out of. When I became a homeowner, my primary quest was to find a suitable replacement for my childhood retreat. I researched, examined, and sat in numerous chairs before I finally found the one, the beautiful tan piece of furniture that I wanted to grow old with. On this blog, I want to share with others the importance of buying the perfect furniture items for your home, the ones you never will want to part with.