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The ultimate curtains buying guide
How to choose the perfect curtains for your home
All our curtains are made-to-measure so will fit your window perfectly. Your advisor will talk to you about the best option for your particular window and of course you may have some personal preferences. In this handy guide, we'll take you through the different header types and their benefits plus specialist fabrics and linings to help you choose the right solution for your home.
Think about curtain fullness
Different header types require different levels of fullness. Likewise, a thin sheer fabric may require more fabric – a greater fullness – than a thicker material to achieve a similar look.
At Hillarys, all our curtains are made-to-measure and our experts will take the measurements for you making sure the curtain fullness is right for the combination of header and fabric you choose.
Choose how high to hang your curtains
To add to your room’s sense of height, have your curtains fixed several inches above the top of the window frame. You can also take into consideration if there is a radiator near the window which can mean altering the curtain length. You expert advisor will talk you through your options.
Choose the right curtain lining
All of our curtains are lined as standard for a luxurious and full finish.
There’s also the option for a thermal curtain lining, which will help insulate the home; or a blackout curtain lining, which will help prevent outside light coming inside through the window.
Layer curtains with other window dressings
For added effect, you can layer other products with curtains at your window. This could be for aesthetic or practical reasons.
Layering different blinds with curtains is a great way to combine fabrics at a window to create a sense of depth by playing on textures and patterns. Or you might choose a blind to layer with curtains to increase the blackout effect or to enhance sound or heat insulation.
Add light and bright Voile curtains
Another option is layering curtains with voiles. The combination of a light voile with a full curtain looks fantastic, adding a delicate touch to a window.
Voiles will also help stop prying eyes from seeing into your home during the day. However, they’ll need layering with curtains for privacy at night.
Finish with stylish accessories
The finishing touches you choose are every bit as important as the fabric is to the end result. po you want a track or a pole? If it’s a pole, then what finial will look best in your home? What about tiebacks – are they needed? That might seem like only a few decisions – but there are lots of options.
An in-home appointment with a Hillarys advisor gives you an opportunity to go through them all with an expert and to get a true understanding of the end result.