How to prepare for curtains in your home

Decorating your home can be great fun, provided you know what you're doing.

While you might have big dreams for your living areas, garden and bedrooms, it's important to understand the finer details. For instance, you might have selected the ideal shade for your kitchen walls – such as Resene Napa – but do you know how to select the right rollers and brushes to transform the space?

The same goes for curtains. Even if you've got a strong sense of the interior design vibe you're aiming for, there are a few things you should know when choosing curtains for your home.

1. Measure carefully

When choosing curtains, it's essential to measure the space they'll be going into.

That's because your curtain track needs to extend either side of your window by 20cm. This allowance means that when you open the curtains, the maximum amount of light will filter into the space. Keep this in mind when selecting curtains for smaller spaces – you may find that curtains are appropriate for most of your home, but blinds are more appropriate in smaller spaces.

You'll need to measure your curtain track width as well as the distance from the top of the track to the floor, or wherever the curtains will finish.

2. Complement your home's aesthetic

Aside from the necessary measurements, it's also important to pick a curtain design that complements your home's existing design.

For instance, if you've opted for a minimalist theme throughout, Resene Haven in Naturalle or Resene Waltz in Blonde are good options.

Perhaps you've embraced fiery shades throughout your home, such as Resene Breakfree or Resene Tall Poppy. Even if you've opted for off-white walls, it's worth matching your curtains to the bright colours of accessories. Curtain designs that will complement these vibrant hues include Resene Tease in Flame and Resene Swivel in Blaze.

Remember that your selected pair of curtains must be from a single batch of fabric, to ensure colour consistency.

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