The best thing about ordering bespoke handmade curtains is that they are all about you! Here are just some of the decisions you may need to consider before arriving at your final result:
- The choice of fabric
- Which lining is most suitable
- Which heading will look best?
- Will it hang on a pole or a track?
- Will the length come to the sill, or to the floor?
- Is there to be any trim or beading to the edge?
The choices can be bewildering, but read on to gain an insight into how I achieve the perfect look for your curtains.
You may already have the fabric you'd like to use or perhaps need a little inspiration. When you get in touch to start planning your perfect curtain I can help you narrow down the choices but you might like to have a think about what appeals to you. Plains or prints, linens or wools, florals or geometric shapes, or even just an idea of colour that may go with your current scheme or the one you are planning are all helpful pointers.
When I visit to measure up I can bring a range of fabrics to help guide you, and if you know you'd like something specific I can help direct you to where to source samples should I not have it in my pattern books.
Apart from the fabric you choose, the heading style is very often the quintessential detail in defining how your curtains will look. Metropolitan city pad, country cottage, minimalist, traditional; this element will determine what you want to say about your home and the options are many. The type of heading you choose will also dictate how many widths of fabric are needed to make up each curtain, some using more fabric (triple pleats, box pleats), others using less (pencil pleats, single pleats). Below are some popular headings you might like to consider...
A curtain lining should be used to protect the face fabric from colour loss and degradation caused by the sun. A lining will enhance the finish of curtains giving fullness, better drape and insulation.
I use high quality linings in a pale colour as standard but the choice is yours when it comes to colour and opacity. I'm often asked to provide blackout curtains, as even a plain lined curtain made with very dark fabric can allow a lot of light to enter, which can be annoying in a bedroom for example. Care must be taken to point out however, that total blackout can never be achieved by using a curtain alone, but it can make a lot of difference to a room which suffers from direct early sunlight or bright street lighting.
If you are looking to add a little more weight to a curtain to help a lightweight material look more substantial, fill out and soften those pleats and add an extra layer of insulation to your windows you could opt for interlining.
Interlining is a fleecy layer of cotton fabric which sits between the face fabric and lining of your curtains and comes in two weights to allow you to achieve a fuller look. Added to a linen or silk face fabric for example, can change the look of a curtain from skimpy to voluminous, as well as help to keep out draughts.
This is where you can let your imagination run wild! Trimmings are what can truly make a curtain stand apart from any other, and where you can add a little bit of your personality and individualism into your design.
Tassels, tiebacks, pom poms, braiding - if you can imagine it there is a trimming out there to suit your tastes, be they outrageous with a sense of the dramatic, or the subtlest hint of colour to add interest to an otherwise monochrome curtain.