Ideas For Curtain Styles
There are a number of things that must be considered beyond curtain styles when choosing the best window treatment for your home. We cover our windows with curtains and drapes to preserve our privacy, conserve energy and to block unwanted light. Beyond those basic functions we also want our curtains to look good. Entire industries have been built around developing different curtain styles, making it very confusing trying to decide the best curtain style for your own home. Deciding which colors and fabrics you want to use are a secondary obligation once you decide the style of curtain that you want to hang. Most curtain styles are determined by the way they hang from the curtain rod, and how they gather and pleat below.
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Tap Top Curtain Styles
Tap top curtains are one of the most popular curtain styles in the last decade. They are a very sleek, modern, and simple way of covering a window which allows emphasis on the curtain rod itself. What separates modern curtain styles from more traditional ones is the simplicity. Traditional curtains have ornate lace, pleats, patterns, fills, and trimming on the edges whereas contemporary curtains have more of a straight cut and lay flat on the window. Tap top curtains take the simplicity of modern curtain design one step further and use only slim fabric loops to attach the curtain to the rod. This allows you to use decorative curtain rods to enhance the borders of the window and display classy and elegant metals like brass, nickel, and chrome.
Grommet or Eyelet Curtain Styles
Similar to tap top curtains, grommet or eyelet curtain styles are a very modern and sleek. They give a slightly higher quality appearance, but still are inexpensive to purchase and easy to fit. The grommets can either be sewn into the drape itself, or they can be attached to the curtain with metal hooks, adding a little bit of character to the drape. The eyelet curtain style makes it very easy to create a very uniform and even shape to the curtain. As with tab top curtains, choosing an ornate curtain rod will enhance the look of your window treatment.
Gathered Heading Curtain Styles
The most common and popular curtain styles use what’s called a gathered heading. This style of drape has the top of the fabric folded over itself and is sewn shut to create a sleeve for the curtain rod to be completely covered. Most curtains you see will be the gathered heading style, and you will have the most variety in fabric and patterns in this curtain style.
There are multiple other curtain styles available such as the flemish, box pleated, goblet, and pencil pleat, however the most popular modern curtains use one of the above headings. After choosing a style, you then move on to fabric and pattern. When choosing colors and patterns keep in mind to pick fabrics and layers that will achieve the privacy and light blocking needs of each room. Southern and west facing rooms need thicker, or wider curtain styles to block the afternoon sun, while the windows in the front of your home should be completely covered to give you plenty of privacy.