Window Treatments – Curtains and Drapes
Curtains and Drapes
Curtains are a type of soft window treatment which is made of a piece of fabric/cloth to block or obscure light and maintain privacy.
They are usually hung on a rod inside of a window/door opening and are available in a variety of materials, sizes, colors, textures, and patterns.
Curtains and drapes can create luxury/classic/elegant/sophisticated feel as per the hanging style and blends with interior décor.
Curtains vary according to cleanability, ultraviolet light deterioration, oil and dust retention, noise absorption, fire resistance, and life span.
Sheer curtain or net curtain is made from translucent fabric such as cotton lace or loosely woven polyester.
These curtains allow a majority of light to be transmitted through the fabric and offer very little in a way of heat insulation.
Light Filtering Curtains
Light filtering curtains allow light into the room. When fully closed the light diffuses evenly with allowing soft light inside.
Light filtering curtains prevent direct light illuminating the room with natural warm light.
Prevent direct views into the room from outside.
They provide a reasonable amount of heat insulation, a next level to sheer curtains.
Room Darkening Curtains
Room darkening curtains will block most of the light coming into the room above 90 per cent but not fully dark/pitch black.
Blackout curtains sufficiently block out 100 percent of a direct light source.
Ideal where total darkness is desired.
Types of Fabric Material
Cotton is often blended with other fabrics such as wool, silk or synthetic fabrics.
It is mostly used for sheer and light filtering curtains as cotton allows light to let in moderately. It is easy to clean and maintain.
Linen is made from natural fibers and wrinkles easily. Let’s light allow in moderately similar to cotton.
Creates a luxurious feel and varieties of textures create interesting parts in contemporary design.
Silk is the strongest natural fiber and creates a beautiful, luxurious and grand feel with a smooth and shining fabric.
Faux materials are based on polymers which resemble that particular type of fabric. For example, faux silk fabric is an even weave fabric that resembles silk.
Faux Lenin, faux suede, faux silk, faux velvet -different faux fabrics create different appearances and are cost-effective.
Bamboo fabric is made from the pulp of bamboo grass and has insulating properties and ideal in hot weather conditions.