Match the curtains with the floor and influence the character of the room

01 December 2015

Your choice of curtains can have both a positive and negative impact on the room. With the wrong curtains, the room can feel small, messy and outdated, while the right curtains can lift the entire room.

Today, you can of course choose from every possible style – there's something for both the hypermodern and the nostalgic designer. For those who have a hard time deciding, here are a few suggestions that can be of help along the way in your selection of curtains.

The curtains can make the room both smaller or larger

Most people do what they've always done. Buy a curtain rod that is a little wider than the window and place it just above the window. Then hang up a curtain that is a bit longer than the window opening. This is not necessarily wrong – but it can make the room feel smaller than it actually is. If you instead choose curtains that go all the way to the floor and a curtain rod that is a good bit wider than the window, you create the illusion of a larger room. Today, it's also modern to set up a track in the ceiling so that the curtain goes all the way from ceiling to floor – which makes the room grow.

Choose fabric according to style

&The curtain fabric also plays a role in the end results. You can choose a more robust fabric with more texture, such as velour or silk. These fabrics are excellent choices if you are looking for a classic style, while materials like linen, wool or cotton fit a more modern style better. If you are looking for Scandinavian design, you might want to hang up beautiful light curtains of linen that maximise how much light they let in.

Light, colourful or patterned curtains

Preferably choose neutral colours for your curtains that match the tone of the room's other colours. Choose, for instance, a colour that's two or three tones darker than your wall. Be careful with patterns – the curtain should help create a whole, but not be the focal point. Of course, you can create sharper colours if you want to, but a tip is then to make sure that the curtains match your floor and your walls. Feel free to take colour samples to the store or pieces of fabric so you can make sure the colours match. Keep in mind that white tints towards either warm or cold. This means that you might come home with a white curtain that feels a bit pink or blue when it's hanging next to your white floor or your white walls that tint in a different hue.

A good, basic rule of thumb is that if you have a dark floor, you should have light curtains, while you can have more expressive colours if you have a light floor.

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