How to Choose Curtains for the Bedroom

By Mary Smith. Updated: May 18, 2017
How to Choose Curtains for the Bedroom

Are you thinking about putting up curtains in your bedroom but you're not sure which ones would suit the room? Choosing the right curtain might seem complicated, but with some simple tips your room will have a big image change. Curtains have an important aesthetic function, and are one of the most important accessories in the bedroom. They can give a space more light, provide an excellent backdrop or make a space look bigger. oneHOWTO tells you how to choose curtains for the bedroom.

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Choosing the right colour for your curtains

Let's give you a few simple tips to help make the decision so you can choose the best curtains for your bedroom. The idea is that this accessory will maximize the interior decoration of your room, so one of the key aspects is that the curtains harmonize with your home's decor.

A good idea for choosing curtains is to use a color palette to help you choose the most appropriate shades. You must find a style to match the overall decor of that really personal space. If you have already chosen curtains and you just want to replace them, you'll have to be much clearer about which colors to use. Look at your room, your walls, fabric cushions and you'll see the range which predominates which will help you to choose the tone of your curtains. If you have any doubts, you can opt for neutral colors which never fail.

The importance of the textile

The fabric is another aspect you should consider when choosing curtains for your bedroom. If you're going to put them in a sunny window, your best choice is to use linen, silk or velvet materials as they are very resistant to sun and are very durable over time.

However, if you want your room to be darker, you can limit the amount of light that enters with thicker curtains. You could choose a velvet material which does not allow much sunlight to penetrate through. When it comes to the fabric, it is advisable to check its composition and that it doesn't generate pilling. It is also important that it has been treated with fire retardant so that it does not burn in case of a fire.

How to Choose Curtains for the Bedroom - The importance of the textile

Choosing the right size for your curtains

In order to choose the best curtains for your bedroom, you will have to think seriously about the size you want. Before buying or ordering custom-made curtains, you must take accurate measurements of their drop and width, depending on where you want or need to place them.

To measure them, you need to take into account both the width of the window, as well as the length so that the curtain covers it. If your room has low ceilings and is small, your curtains need to be longer and almost reach to the floor so the space seems much larger.

Mistakes to avoid when choosing a curtain

We have already commented that the curtains should harmonize with the bedroom decor but they should not be like the bedding or furniture fabric, otherwise the room where you sleep will seem much smaller and more stressful. You should also consider the thickness of the fabric as this will help to draw light into the bedroom to a greater or lesser extent.

Do not make the mistake of choosing the same curtains throughout the home. Each room is unique and you must customise them. Each room has a use so you must adapt the curtains to each. Do not choose the same curtains for the kitchen and the bedroom. The kitchen needs light so you can work and a fabric that can be washed more frequently. In the bedroom, the light may be secondary so you can choose a fabric that stands out for its beauty and not for its durability and resistance to washing.

How to Choose Curtains for the Bedroom - Mistakes to avoid when choosing a curtain

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Cindy Tesler
I liked your tip to use a color palette to help choose the potential curtain for your room. You also said that the textile of the curtain is important, too. I think it's a good idea to choose a curtain that is also great at blocking out light.
Simon Brooks
Thanks for the really great advice, my wife and I will be finishing our master bedroom remodel soon and we've been debating about the types of curtains to get. I wasn't actually aware that velvet curtains could help block out unwanted sunlight from coming into the bedroom. Considering we're both fond of afternoon naps, I think that that could be a great option for us to look more into.
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