There is something that effectively decides the vibe of your fully furnished home - the selection of your curtains and drapes. Even when you have all your cabinets and wardrobes set up neat and tidy, you’d still miss the color, the character, and the sheer exquisite appeal that curtains could give your room.
At Al Nibras, we understand common troubles in choosing the right cloth, color, or design for curtains that fit your room. To relieve your worries, we create custom curtains, blinders, and shades that suit your rooms.
If you are doubtful of the extent to which the right choice of curtains could spruce up your living space, read through some of the obvious benefits of having the right curtains for your doors and windows here.
Know your Curtains and Drapes
Curtains are for privacy and Drapes are for shade.
Whenever you consider adding a curtain, drape, blinds or shade to spruce up your space, be that for doors or for huge glass windows, it’s important to get the right item for the job.
While curtains are commonly used to improve privacy, and are usually made of light materials that could be hung from curtain rods. They do not offer the maximum light reduction, as they are only intended as a barrier between two spaces.
To completely block out light, drapes that are commonly made of thicker fabric are ideal. Due to this quality, it’s the perfect choice for bedrooms where morning sunlight could spoil that long sleep you were dreaming of.
Choose your fabric wisely
It’s obvious that you’d wear a sweater if it’s snowing outside, or wear sunscreen if it’s hot outside. But things aren’t quite black and white when it comes to choosing your curtain fabric.
One key point to note here is that the fabric you choose for your room will significantly affect the tone of your room’s design. To make sure you don’t stray away from making the right choice, use these markers to guide your decision:
What amount of sunlight do I need in this room?
What’ the room intended for? Is my room traditional, or am I looking for a minimalistic approach?
You could get classic looks for your room through thick colors and fabric, while sheer fabrics are more up-to-date to give your room that minimal look.
It’s also important to see how the fabric looks when it’s pleated and drawn back, as that’s how you’ll usually see them.
Al Nibras takes pride in being the best curtain makers in Dubai as we don’t just sell the first one that gets your attention. We understand that curtains, blinders, and shades will have a long-term effect on how you see your room. So it’s important that you get the best ideas for your room.
It’s the perfect color or not at all
Your colors either complement your furniture and paint or not at all. It’s that simple to notice.
There are a couple of ways that you can come up with the color choice for your room:
Colors that match your furniture or wall paint are the first option to get your curtains to amplify your room’s look. By matching color, we also suggest that your curtain colors complement the shade of your walls for maximum homogeneity of color across the room.
To make your curtains the focus of your room, you could choose contrasting colors from your furniture for your curtains. This elevates the looks of both the wall paint and furniture, making it vibrant to the eyes and easily noticeable.
One look through our gallery and you’ll quickly realize the effects of the color of the fabric on the room and its intended purposes.
Which is better - Prints or Solid Colors?
Both are actually great choices, but for exactly opposite use cases. Prints are an awesome choice for furniture that’s predominantly composed of solid colors.
On the contrary, your room will look more visually pleasing by using solid colors for your curtains and drapes for non-uniform colored furniture. The furniture here could include everything from cushions, area rugs, and more.
Another design thought you could use here would be to opt for floral patterns for classic or traditional décor whereas contemporary spaces could use quirky prints and geometric patterns to look modern.
How long should my curtains be?
Different lengths actually give you more choices over the overall feel of the room. Curtains that just touch the floor gives your room a high ceiling appearance, while having your curtain length a few inches shorter than floor level would be ideal for families with children.
Another common trend is to have a few inches of fabric more than than floor level to have a fabric puddle on the floor. Other designs include having sill level length for curtains for windows and full length drapes for windows as well.
What should be the width of my drapes?
At first glance, you might think it should just be the width of the door frame or the window moulding of your windowpane.
But it’s better to get twice the width of the door or window frame for your curtains to get that gathered look on the sides when they are drawn back.
Spruce up with trims and accessories
According to your taste, you could either add more ornamental elements to your room curtains or even tone them down for a minimalistic look. There is always a range of pullbacks, valances, ornamental curtain tracks, and other stuff waiting for you to choose from.
Trims and accessories are best placed with complementing drapes to add an element of richness and grandeur to space where you live in. Adding valances to your windows is a definite upgrade to your basic curtain setup. But when it comes to particular fabrics like velvet or satin, it’s better not to have decorative trims to focus on the silky appeal of the fabric. In the end, it all depends on what you want your room to look and feel like.
Choosing Lined and Unlined Curtains
Lined curtains are more suitable for blocking sunlight, while unlined curtains are primarily used for improved privacy. Every combination that comes in between can help you reach the curtain choice that meets your requirements.
Having a lined curtain could block light if it hangs on a window that gets direct sunlight with the added advantage of lasting longer without fading. Sheer curtains are more suitable if the only requirement is privacy.
Another option you could go for is to have a sheer curtain and lined curtain combination, getting more flexibility over the amount of light and privacy you require at any given time. One thing to note here is that lined drapes and curtains are generally heavier that usual, so choose wisely.
For any doubts on choosing the right combination for your purpose, get in touch with us at any time.
Maintenance required is one core measure when selecting fabric
Before finalizing your choice of fabric for curtains or drapes, it is important to know the maintenance requirements that come with your choice.
As different fabrics have totally different modes of cleaning, you may have to take them into consideration if you have more than a couple of fabric chosen for your needs. For example. fabric with stitched pleats or swags should be dry cleaned, while others can be machine washed.
Usually, a three to six-month interval is ideal when it comes to cleaning your curtains or drapes, but there are other factors that add to it:
Low-maintenance fabrics are your best choice if you plan to wash your curtains only twice a year. The most sought-after fabric in this category is cotton and synthetic fabrics. While lined curtains could be easily hand-washed, all other basic curtains of this type could be machine washed. It’s a perfect choice for homes with pets or kids with allergies.
High-maintenance fabrics are easily recognizable by their pleats or swags. You know it’s going to take more maintenance if you need them to hold shape for longer periods of time. Wool, silk, and sheer curtains are best to be dry cleaned or in some cases, hand washed in cold water to maintain their shape and colors.
For people who have dust allergies, it is suggested that you vacuum clean your curtains and drapes on a weekly basis.
There are even more ways that you can upgrade the look and feel of your room. Our effort is to bring you the best fabric choices, type of curtains, and even the upholstery to use based on the occasion. Being a regular presence among curtain shops in Sharjah, we get to hear a lot of customer requests and ideas to guide them to make their perfect choice.
We have also taken steps to ensure that only healthy staff are on duty and we monitor their health while at work.