The Importance of Curtains, Blinds and Drapery Medallions

Curtains, blinds, both? Drapery medallions or rods? These are all questions that designers and homeowners find themselves tackling when redesigning window treatment.

Curtains have been a popular choice for windows for decades. Since they have been in use for such a long time, they are a faithful and traditional choice as a window cover. They come in a variety of colors and designs, so it is easy to find one that suits your taste. You can also choose from a variety of fabrics and sizes. Hanging your curtains can be accomplished using a traditional drapery rod or a decorative drapery medallion set.

The main advantage of curtains is that they give a cozier feeling than blinds. They also give a more elegant touch to the décor than other window coverings. A rich fabric with stylish draperies hung from a custom designed drapery medallion set can bring a touch of elegance, and class to the room that may be difficult to achieve with other alternatives.

Curtains are also a great option if you want privacy in your house. If you have windows that are overlooking streets, or you live in an urban area, then privacy is a big issue. Most definitely, you do not want the people passing by to be able to look into your home, and invade your privacy.
If you want complete privacy in your home, choose thicker curtains, or a material that is completely opaque. One problem you may encounter with thick curtains is that they do not let much sunlight in, and do not give a breezy feeling in the room. Although they are perfect for the winter months, in summer they can prove to be a hassle.

A good option is to choose curtains that have two layers, one sheer and one opaque. If you want sunlight to flow in the room and want to enjoy the view outside, all you have to do is draw the opaque part on the fixed hooks on the sides so that only the sheer fabric remains on the window. If you are not choosing the 2 layer option, ask your fabricator if they intend to line the back of the drapes. It may add a little cost to the project but the end result is a better suited product. It’s especially important to preserve the fabric used in the drapery. These are expensive fabrics that you will want to preserve in any way possible. Lining the back will help block the sun exposure directly to them.

Your choice of curtains depends on your taste and your needs. If you are a person who values privacy and does not want noise and distortion in the house, then thick opaque curtains are the way to go. You have to keep in mind, however, that the style you choose should complement the decor of your room and of the overall home.

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