When chosen correctly, curtains not only look good, but they can also help keep the heat in and restrict the amount of light entering a room. This makes them an important asset in any room. The following guide outlines the main factors that you should take into account when purchasing a new pair of curtains.

One of the first things that you will need to think about when choosing a pair of curtains is whether you want to purchase ready-made ones or if you would prefer to order bespoke ones. Ready-made curtains are cheaper and more convenient. However, if you have very unique windows or there is a specific design that you are after, tailor-made curtains may be more appropriate.

Be them shop bought or tailor made, it is especially important that you choose the right fabric for your curtains. As bedrooms are a place of privacy it is a good idea to get heavy curtains or cotton curtains with an opaque lining. Silk and velvet are thick and look beautiful in a bedroom. However, these types of curtains are dry clean only. Cotton or wool curtains are easier to look after and are available in a huge variety of colors, making them perfect for almost any room.

You should also spend some time thinking about how long you would like the curtains to be. Sill-length curtains are cheaper than floor-length curtains and work well over radiators as they help the heat to circulate. On the other hand, floor-length curtains are more expensive and have a more luxurious appearance.

Another decision that you are faced with is whether you opt for plain curtains or curtains that have a pattern. In general, if there are a lot of patterns already in the room, opt for plain curtains or some with a subtle pattern. If you find plain curtains too bland, you can always dress them up with ornate poles or pretty tie-backs. Conversely, if you room is relatively plain, patterned curtains can liven it up.