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Decorating With Curtains: What You Need To Know

Draperies and curtains offer a simple way to transform the look of a room economically and with little effort. Curtains help to soften the angles of a window, reduce noise, control light and even enhance a beautiful view.

Ready-made curtains make doing it yourself easy and inexpensive. Pre-made curtain panels come in enough fabrics, finishes and colors that you’ll never run out of choices no matter what your decorating scheme.

When creating a window look, you should consider your goal: Do you want to frame a view? Would you like the windows to be the focal point in the room or do you prefer to keep the focus elsewhere? The answers to these questions will help guide your choices. If you’re looking for a dramatic window, try layering sheer panels behind curtains with a bold color or texture. If you want to keep it simple, opt for a neutral or natural color and a simple design.

Color is an important part of décor. Choose your curtain colors according to the feel you want to create in your room. Warm shades like reds and yellows brighten up a room and add energy and excitement. Cool colors like gray, white or blue create a calm and soothing atmosphere.

How the draperies and curtains will hang is also important. Curtains that hang to the floor add length and importance to a window as well as height to a room and are usually used in more formal settings. Shorter curtains are more casual.
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