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How to Choose the Right Curtains for Your Room

Curtains are an easy and inexpensive way to finish a room. Choosing which ones will work best in your room doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few things to consider when buying curtains:

What is your decorating style?

Your choice should reflect the style of the room. Rich, opulent curtains will look out of place with spare modern furnishings and simple panels won’t work in a traditional room where something like lace curtains may be more appropriate . Look through home magazines and design Web sites for inspiration before shopping.

What is your color scheme?

There are a few ways to use curtains for color. You can choose the predominant color in the room, a common choice. You can also pick up an accent color from furniture, pillows or area rugs. Neutral-colored panels are another option. Neutrals go with any color scheme and can eliminate the need to purchase new curtains when you redecorate your room.

What do you want your curtains to do?

Are you looking just to add a finished look to your décor, or should they have a function? Some options such as insulated thermal curtains can filter light, offer privacy and even cut your heating and cooling costs by insulating a room.

What kind of care are you willing to give your curtains?

The type of fabric you choose should be determined by your room style and by what kind of care it requires: Can it be machine-washed or must it be dry-cleaned? Consider your budget and how often the curtains will need to be cleaned.
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