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The ultimate guide to choosing the right curtains for your home

Draperies, drapes, curtains: whatever you call them, they could be a pain in the neck. So don’t go it alone. Our senior designers have these tips for picking the perfect curtains.

curtains height
Height is easily the main element in selecting curtains. A curtain should extend well past your window, and land right above the floor. As well as for a far more traditional style, provide them with a supplementary inch of fabric to drag along the ground.

Pro tip: if you wish to make your ceilings look higher than they are actually, hang your curtains a few inches above your windows, instead of right above the windowsill. Check out how we did it in this chic, urban loft off Union Square.

extra wide curtains color
When choosing curtain color, go for something that compliments the prevailing colors in your room. It doesn’t have to complement perfectly, but decide on a hue that you can find elsewhere in your home redesign. Usually we advocate for neutral-colors, but every occasionally, we opt to go for a bolder option. Within this Central Park West penthouse, we selected draperies in a rich gold color, to match one of the client’s existing art pieces.

curtains material
Curtains are an accessory that are easy to swap out, so we recommend rotating your curtains all year round. In the wintertime months, go for a heavier gauge option, as it can help keep your home warmer. However in the summer months, consider taking a light-gauge material, like sheer. Within this light-filled apartment we selected white sheer curtains, to let in just as much natural light as possible.

custom curtains pattern
Pattern can be considered a tricky balance as it pertains to curtains. Too little, as well as your design can look boring; too much as well as your space can commence to look cartoonish. To strike the perfect balance, pick a simple pattern in neutral colors, like we did in this modern day Connecticut colonial.

Pro tip: A vertically striped curtain can help to make your ceilings look greater than they are actually.

curtains color coordination
If you’re deciding on a curtain fabric or pattern which has a bold or vivid look, then consider ways to integrate them into the space. With this New Jersey office at home, our client wished to source a set of bright pink curtains, so we also had two accent pillows custom-fabricated in the same pattern and fabric.

luxurious transitional modern colors traditional furniture
The drape of an curtain identifies how much of the curtain drags along the floor. For a more modern-day or modern look, they ought to land an inch above the ground. But with transitional or traditional design schemes, discrete an inch or two of drape to drag along the ground. For this transitional Upper East Side apartment, we gave these two-tone curtains a few inches of drape, for a far more traditional look.