Curtains are not only an investment for the home that offers a pleasing aesthetic but also one that provides benefits to your home such as controlling light, offering privacy and providing insulation. By investing in high quality curtains, you can help to reduce your energy consumption, saving you money on your energy bills. During the summer months, keep the curtains closed during the day to prevent heat gain and open them up again when the temperature begins to drop in the evening. Do the opposite for the cooler months, keep your curtains open during the day to allow the warm sun to flood the home and before the sun starts to go down, close the curtains to retain the warm air inside. This will help you to rely less on heating and cooling appliances, all year round.
Determining which curtain header is best for your home is one of the main differentiators in how the curtain will look and feel in the space. The curtain header is the way to describe how the curtains sits at the top of the track or rod and determines how the curtain will fall. The curtain header style you choose should work with your current interior décor scheme. Take a look at the three most common curtain styles found in Australian homes and how they could work best in the rooms in your home.
The Pinch Pleat Curtain is the most popular style found in Australian homes. This is due to its versatility, working with almost any décor scheme and can be used in any room throughout the home. This is a great option for those who want to keep their window treatments cohesive throughout each room, even when the interior style changes. The Pinch Pleat Curtain comes in a variety of different Pinch Pleat styles with the most common being the Double Pinch Pleat Curtain. The Pinch Pleat is best described as a contemporary curtain header that gathers fabric into pleats and sewn together to create a pinched look.
The Reverse Pleat Curtain is a modern, formal header style that works well in spaces in the home such as dining rooms, lounge rooms and more formal bedrooms. The Reverse Pleat Curtain adds a touch of elegance to a room with its flattened pleat design. The Reverse Pleat is simply the Pinch Pleat Curtain header style in reverse. The pleats of the curtain are at the back facing the window, which gives the curtain a flat front appearance. The sleek lines of the curtain are what offer a more formal appearance.
A newer curtain header style on the market, the Wave Fold Curtain style is very versatile working well with both casual and more formal spaces. The Wave Fold Curtain which is also referred to as an S-Fold Curtain, creates an elegant yet relaxed feel with the soft ripples of fabric folding together to create a wave like effect. The Wave Fold style is well suited to bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and suits a wide variety of interior décor schemes from modern to beachy.
Blockout or Sheer Curtains
When it comes to buying curtains for the home, the different fabric transparencies will determine how much light will filter into the home and how much privacy you will receive. The two most common fabric transparencies are blockout and sheer, but you can also get curtains in light filter or dim out fabric. Let ‘s take a look at the difference between blockout and sheer fabric and how they could work in your home.
Blockout Curtains are the perfect way to completely block any natural sunlight from entering the space. This makes them a great option for bedrooms, nurseries, media rooms and spaces that require full privacy. As Blockout Curtains darken a room even when open, try using a bright colour for the curtain fabric or light and bright interiors to ensure you keep the room feeling cheerful and fresh, whilst keeping that sun blocked out and offering you full privacy.
Sheer Curtains are currently a trend that is not only being seen in Australia but also worldwide. As Sheer Curtains don’t offer full privacy, they are an excellent option to filter sunlight throughout the day and are perfect for those rooms in the home where privacy is not necessarily required such as living rooms, family rooms or dining rooms. If you do require privacy but only at certain times of the day, try adding your sheer curtain with a blockout curtain to give you the best of both worlds.