When you're just moving into a new home, you are entirely focused on choosing the right furniture, fixtures and fittings. There is such a long list to go through, and you've got to adopt a different mindset based on which particular room you're working on. For example, when it comes to choosing curtains and window treatments, you've not only got to think about the exact size requirements, but also what type of fabric you're going to use based on how much sunlight you need to let into that room and so many other factors. Where do you even start with this conundrum?
Narrowing It Down
While light-filtering properties may be a very important factor in a living room or a bedroom, you also need to think about the texture and weight of the curtain in terms of its durability and maintenance schedule. After all, you don't want to be spending too much time in cleaning mode and will not want to replace these curtains any time soon.
Materials and Composition
Begin by looking at the different materials, which these range from polyester and silk to nylon, cotton, linen and wool. Within each particular type of material you will also have to consider the weave and thread count.
If you choose a fabric that has a relatively low thread count, then you can expect it to deteriorate over time as it is exposed to the harsh Australian sun, but on the other end of the scale a fabric that has a high thread count may be rather difficult to clean, so you might have to send it out to the dry cleaner.
When it comes to the weave, if it is relatively thick it would be good for those bedrooms or to help you see the television when the sun is beating down on the window. Certain types of weave are better for curtains that are heavily patterned or that feature a variety of different textures.
Room to Room
It's not surprising that some homeowners choose an entirely different type of curtain from one room to the next. For example, they may choose a polyester curtain in a room that is somewhat utilitarian and needs to be cleaned relatively often, as these curtains are quite easy to maintain. In the master bedroom, they may choose something that is wool-based, as it is substantial and good looking at the same time.
To make it even more complicated, you can consider blended curtains. If you're on a relatively tight budget, this may allow you to come up with the appearance and texture of a more costly fabric while maintaining affordability. In this case, look for polyester curtains that have a blend of silk or cotton.
For additional ideas and direction, have a word with your curtain fabric supplier.